The Bitcoin futures contango The Bitcoin futures contango

The Bitcoin futures contango

with insights from Glassnode

The difference between the Bitcoin's spot price and the price of futures contracts that expire in 3 months is a valuable, but often overlooked indicator of market sentiment.

The Bitcoin futures contango

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As Bitcoin's landscape evolves, its price is not only molded by macro factors but also by the burgeoning Bitcoin derivatives market. Futures and options contracts have become crucial indicators of Bitcoin's future movements, revealing the sentiments of a sophisticated market segment. However, these alone don't paint the full picture. The Bitcoin futures annualized three-month rolling basis provides a crucial perspective on market sentiment. This measure reveals the disparity between Bitcoin's current price and the price of a futures contract due in three months. Recently, we've seen a shift in this indicator, suggesting a bullish market sentiment... But what does the decrease in the rolling basis coupled with the drop in Bitcoin's price really imply?