In recent weeks, we’ve been making a point about the importance of the derivative markets. When leverage and open interest is as elevated as it currently is, futures markets tend to govern short-term price action.
One of the most effective metrics to gauge this data is through funding rates.
Not only do we use this data to get a read of the positioning of speculators to help shape our macro crypto thesis. We can also use it on a case-by-case scenario to find high-conviction short and long setups within the alts.
Let’s start by addressing the question of what is a funding rate.