Bitcoin options market hits record high as Upbit faces withdrawal delays  |  Editor Nikhilesh Pawar

Published Nov 17, 2023 12:18PM ET

SEOUL - South Korea's largest cryptocurrency exchange, Upbit, is currently experiencing a delay in Bitcoin (BTC) withdrawals due to a significant increase in network traffic, reminiscent of the high activity levels seen during the 2021 Bitcoin bull run. The platform is actively managing the congestion by implementing network stabilization measures and prioritizing block processing to address both withdrawal and deposit refund delays.

This network congestion comes at a time when the Bitcoin options market has reached an all-time high, with open interest in Bitcoin options soaring to $14.9 billion. This milestone surpasses the previous records set before Bitcoin reached its peak value of nearly $69,000 in October 2021. The current open interest figures are indicative of robust investor confidence and highlight a vibrant trading environment within the cryptocurrency space.

Despite recent fluctuations, Bitcoin's price demonstrates resilience. After experiencing a dip of 3.24% over the last day, the digital currency still boasts a notable monthly increase of 26.71%, with its current valuation standing at $36,394. This sustained growth underscores Bitcoin's continued relevance and investor interest in the global financial landscape.

The heightened activity in the perpetual futures market further reflects this optimism, where the funding ratio has reached a significant 0.02%. Such metrics are often seen as indicators of market sentiment, suggesting that investors remain bullish on Bitcoin's prospects despite short-term volatility.

Upbit's response to the current conditions involves queuing BTC withdrawal requests based on network recovery and successful block confirmations. As traders and investors navigate this busy period, the exchange's efforts to stabilize transactions are crucial for maintaining user confidence and ensuring the smooth operation of market activities.

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