- Bitcoin falls below $10,000 on several exchanges Thursday evening.
- Nearly $200 million in Bitcoin longs have been liquidated on BitMEX in the last 24-hours.
Bitcoin continues to plunge falling below the $10,000 level Thursday evening. This is Bitcoin’s second consecutive day falling. Bitcoin’s decline resulted in a massive wave of short liquidations. According to cryptometer.io, over $116 million in Bitcoin longs have been liquidated on BitMEX in the last 24-hours.
Bitcoin long positions allow traders to bet on Bitcoin’s price rising in the future. Some traders also utilize leverage trading which can amplify gains but also amplify losses at the same rate.
Leverage trading allows traders to leverage greater trading power. For example, to open a 1 Bitcoin position with 10x leverage, the trader only contributes 0.10 Bitcoin to the position and borrows the rest. By doing so, the trader has the trading power of one whole Bitcoin and, therefore, amplifies potential returns on the 0.1 Bitcoin by approximately 10x.
While leverage trading can help traders amplify gains, it can also amplify losses at the same rate. For example with 10x leverage, a 10% move in an opposite direction may result in liquidations and the trader losing their entire initial contribution to the position. Therefore, traders trading with large amounts of leverage may face liquidations during price fluctuations.
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