ETH price is lagging behind BTC's recent gains, but data signals that traders are confident in the altcoin breaking through $4,000 in the short-term. The price of Ether (ETH) is lagging Bitcoin's (BTC) price action by 13% in October, but is this relevant? To date, the altcoin has still outperformed BTC by 274% in 2021. However, traders tend to be short-sighted and some will question whether the Ethereum network can successfully migrate to proof of stake (PoS) validation and finally solve the high gas fees issue. Moreover, the increasing competition from smart contract networks like Solana (SOL) and Avalanche (AVAX) have been worrying investors.
According to Cointelegraph, the recent speculation over the possible approval of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) raised traders' appetite for BTC. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is expected to announce its decision on multiple ETF requests over the next couple of weeks. However, it remains a possibility that the regulator will postpone these dates.
To determine whether professional traders are leaning bearish, one should start by analyzing the futures premium — also known as the basis rate. This indicator measures the price gap between futures contract prices and the regular spot market. Ether's quarterly futures are the preferred instruments of whales and arbitrage desks. These derivatives might seem complicated for retail traders due to their settlement date and price difference from spot markets, but their most significant advantage is the lack of a fluctuating funding rate.
The three-month futures typically trade with a 5% to 15% annualized premium that follows the stablecoin lending rate. By postponing settlement, sellers demand a higher price, and this causes the price difference. Ether's failure to break the $3,600 resistance has not caused a shift in pro traders' sentiment because the basis rate remains at a healthy 13%. This shows that there is no excessive optimism at the moment.
Retail traders tend to opt for perpetual contracts (inverse swaps), where a fee is charged every eight hours to balance the leverage demand. To understand if some panic selling occurred, one must analyze the futures markets funding rate. In neutral markets, the funding rate tends to vary from 0% to 0.03% on the positive side. This fee is equivalent to 0.6% per week and indicates that longs are the ones paying it.
Since Sept. 7, there hasn't been any real indication of high leverage demand from either bulls or bears. This balanced situation reflects retail traders' lack of appetite for leverage long positions, but at the same time shows little panic selling or excessive fear.
Derivatives markets show that Ether investors are not worried about the recent underperformance versus Bitcoin. Furthermore, the lack of excessive long leverage after a 274% gain year-to-date should be positively portrayed. By leaving some room for bullishness without compromising the derivatives market structure, Ether traders seem prepared for a rally above its all-time high, especially if a Bitcoin ETF is approved.
|#||Crypto||Prediction||Accuracy||CVIX||Price||24h||7d||Market Cap||7d price change|
|1||BTC||Bitcoin predictions||69.6%||54||$28 035.57||1.66%||4.95%||$541 839 096 808|
|2||ETH||Ethereum predictions||78%||39||$1 775.07||1.02%||1.84%||$217 221 883 335|
|3||USDT||Tether predictions||95.6%||1||$1.000976||-0.19%||-0.14%||$78 562 701 230|
|4||BNB||Binance Coin predictions||76.4%||51||$323.46||-0.40%||-2.95%||$51 071 426 316|
|5||USDC||USD Coin predictions||94.4%||2||$0.999601||0.01%||-0.01%||$34 392 573 197|
|6||XRP||XRP predictions||85.2%||21||$0.428645||-4.23%||14.37%||$21 839 846 254|
|7||HEX||HEX predictions||58.8%||82||$0.096384||-19.91%||10.66%||$16 714 004 185|
|8||ADA||Cardano predictions||76%||43||$0.362541||-2.33%||6.05%||$12 588 135 268|
|9||STETH||Lido stETH predictions||96%||1||$2 941.39||-0.40%||-3.32%||$10 258 752 564|
|10||DOGE||Dogecoin predictions||74%||51||$0.075059||-2.95%||0.21%||$9 958 117 300|
|11||MATIC||Polygon predictions||76.4%||48||$1.11||-1.01%||-7.45%||$9 708 811 453|
|12||SOL||Solana predictions||74.4%||52||$21.67||-0.29%||6.07%||$8 316 110 713|
|13||BUSD||Binance USD predictions||92%||1||$0.996930||-0.27%||-0.39%||$8 039 266 757|
|14||DOT||Polkadot predictions||71.6%||49||$6.16||-0.32%||-4.71%||$7 244 608 987|
|15||LTC||Litecoin predictions||68%||58||$91.86||0.28%||9.72%||$6 664 265 906|
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