Loading...

Five Ways Cryptocurrency Derivatives Open Interest (OI) Can Change


Open interest represents the total number of outstanding contracts in the market at any given time and is updated according to trade activity and position changes. Open interest for derivatives typically changes when new positions are created or existing positions are closed. Changes in open interest in certain contracts can sometimes signal unusual options activity and future price movement. Here are some common scenarios that can lead to changes in open interest:

1) Opening a new position
  When a trader opens a new position by buying or selling a derivative contract, it adds to the open interest. For example, if a trader buys a futures or options contract, the open interest increases by one.

2) Closing an existing position
  When a trader closes an existing position by offsetting their position or letting the contract expire, it reduces the open interest. For instance, if a trader sells a previously bought futures contract, the open interest decreases by one.

3) Spreading or spreading out positions
  In some cases, traders may spread their positions by simultaneously opening both buy and sell positions in related derivative contracts. This does not change the total open interest but affects the open interest for each specific contract.

4) Unwinding or rolling over positions
  Traders may unwind or roll over their positions by closing existing contracts and simultaneously opening new contracts with different expiration dates. This can result in changes in open interest for the involved contracts.

5) Delivery or exercise of contracts
  If a derivative contract is settled through physical delivery or exercise, the open interest for that contract may reduce as it is fulfilled. As of writing, most cryptocurrency option contracts on Binance/DeriBit are cash settled and not physically delivered at expiry.




Notice: Information contained herein is not and should not be construed as an offer, solicitation, or recommendation to buy or sell securities. The information has been obtained from sources we believe to be reliable; however no guarantee is made or implied with respect to its accuracy, timeliness, or completeness. Author does not own the any crypto currency discussed. The information and content are subject to change without notice. CryptoDataDownload and its affiliates do not provide investment, tax, legal or accounting advice.

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only and is the opinion of the author, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, investment, tax, legal, accounting advice. You should consult your own investment, tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction. All content published by CryptoDataDownload is not an endorsement whatsoever. CryptoDataDownload was not compensated to submit this article. Please also visit our Privacy policy; disclaimer; and terms and conditions page for further information.

Latest Posts
Follow Us
Notify me of new content