The price of broke $20,000 this morning, in a sudden spike that sent its market cap past $380 billion for the first time ever.
Naturally, Bitcoin believers are excited.
Bears, though, are probably less so. According to data on the crypto trading platform Bybt, over $450 million in Bitcoin short positions has been liquidated over the past 12 hours.
And beyond Bitcoin, over $520 million of all cryptocurrency was liquidated across the broad range of exchanges trawled by the site (these include Binance, Bitmex, OKEx, and FTX).
— glassnode (@glassnode) December 16, 2020
Nearly 50,000 traders were affected, and while the biggest losers were Bitcoin shorters, around $31 million of Ethereum and $22 million XRP was also liquidated.
The global crypto market cap has risen by 6% today, and almost every major coin is up.
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— Pomp (@APompliano) December 16, 2020
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