Crypto Trader Makes $15M Profit By ‘Shorting’ Bitcoin, Ethereum

Lavina Daryanani
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Bitcoin and Ethereum’s price charts currently look like mirror reflections of each other. Since the beginning of the year, both of the top cryptocurrencies have been moving in tandem and have seldom stepped out of each other’s shadow. Around a fortnight ago, investors were celebrating Bitcoin’s feat of inching beyond $25k and Ethereum breaking above $1.7k.

Now, the tale is completely different. Due to the latest flash crash, both cryptocurrencies were trading in the red, around their mid-January levels, on Friday, Mar. 10. At press time, BTC was priced at $19.9k, while Ethereum was trading at the brink of $1.4k.

BTC/USDT, ETH/USDT by TradingView

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On one hand, investors’ paper ROI has substantially shrunk of late, on the other, traders’ long positions have mercilessly been wiped out. However, a set of them managed to successfully capitalize on the downtrend by placing bets in the right direction.

Andrew Kang is one such market participant. According to Nansen’s portfolio tracker, the trader has made “nearly $15 million” in profit by “leverage shorting” the top cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and Ethereum. Kang used the GMX and Kwenta platforms to execute the trades.

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The macro landscape

In the most basic essence, leverage allows traders to get a larger exposure than the amount they deposit to open a trade. For eg., a 5x leverage multiplies the buying power by five times. However, it is essential to note that leverage trading is subject to high risk because it could lead to deeper losses if the market moves in the bet’s opposite direction.

Even though risk traders like Kang have fetched profits using leverage, it should be noted that the majority of others have refrained from making such bets. As shown below, Bitcoin’s estimated leverage ratio currently remains flat, supporting the said narrative. Perhaps, when the directional bias becomes more concrete, the market may slowly see more traders step into this arena.

Source: CryptoQuant

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