Bitfinex increases leverage for Tezos; how will it affect the price of XTZ?

Bitfinex increases leverage for Tezos; how will it affect the price of XTZ?

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Bitfinex announced a series of changes for its Tezos trading pairs that are meant to “enhance the trading experience” of its customers. Despite the significance of the announcement, XTZ continues pulling back after the 190 percent rally it went through since the beginning of the year.

Maximum leverage for Tezos

In a recent blog post, Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex revealed that it will increase leverage for its Tezos trading pairs. Now, users will be able to trade XTZ/USD and XTZ/BTC with a maximum leverage of 3.3x instead of only 2x.

The decision to enable higher leverage for Tezos is due to the interest that market participants have shown for this cryptocurrency, according to Paolo Ardoino, Bitfinex’s CTO.

Ardoino said:

“[Tezos] is becoming a well established and liquid market on Bitfinex. [Thus, it is] time to switch gears and allow increased leverage to 3.3x.”

As of Feb. 17, users will also be able to enjoy a lower initial equity of 30 percent and a lower margin maintenance of 15 percent. Additionally, the XTZ token can now be used as a collateral with a market maker’s spread or haircut of 30 percent.

The announcement comes at a time when XTZ is going through a retracement, but it could be the catalyst for another upswing.

XTZ technical analysis

On Feb. 14, the TD sequential indicator presented a sell signal in the form of a green nine candlestick on XTZ’s 1-day chart. This bearish formation estimates a one to four candlestick correction before the continuation of the bullish trend. The recent downturn was able to confirm the sell signal pushing the price of this crypto down over 20 percent.

Tezos US dollar price chart
XTZ/USD by TradingView

The downward movement appears to have met a significant level of support around the 61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement level. This barrier served as a rebound zone preventing the price of Tezos from a further decline. Now, XTZ seems to have regained the 78.6 percent Fibonacci retracement level as support.

A daily candlestick close above this price hurdle could signal the continuation of the bullish trend. Tezos could then try to close above the recent high of $3.6. Such a bullish impulse could take investors into a FOMO (fear-of-missing-out) stage. If this happens, XTZ could surge to test the next levels of resistance between $4.24 and $5.

Tezos US dollar price chart
XTZ/USD by TradingView

It is worth noting that the substantial bullish impulse that Tezos has seen since the beginning of 2020 suggests that a steeper correction could take place. Falling to turn the 78.6 percent Fibonacci retracement level into support would indicate a pull back to the 61.8 percent Fibonacci retracement level.

Breaking below this significant level of support would set the stage for a further decline. On its way down, Tezos could find support around the 50 or 31.8 percent Fibonacci retracement level. These barriers of support sit at $2.42 and $2.14, respectively.

Moving forward

Trading with high leverage can increase the risks for potential losses, but it also magnifies the opportunities for potential profits. Thus, the increment in leverage by Bitfinex could significantly expand the amount of buying orders behind Tezos. An increase in demand usually leads to higher prices.

Nonetheless, after the exponential bullish impulse that XTZ has gone through a steeper correction would help maintain the uptrend healthy. Due to this important fact, the trading range between $3.1 and $3.6 can be considered a no-trade zone. A move below or above this area will determine where Tezos is heading next.


17 Feb at 9:16 pm UTC



Tezos, currently ranked #10 by market cap, is down 0.91% over the past 24 hours. XTZ has a market cap of $2.11B with a 24 hour volume of $237.11M.

Tezos Price Chart

XTZUSD Chart by TradingView

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