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FTT Order Flow Fairly Balanced After 150% Rally, but Liquidity Remains Thin

Facebook iconLinkedin iconTwitter iconLarge buy and sell orders in FTT now appear evenly balanced (Kaiko Research)

Large buy and sell orders in FTT now appear evenly balanced. (Kaiko Research)

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The market for FTT, the native cryptocurrency of the bankrupt FTX exchange, appears to have found an equilibrium after r bullish price action. However, the market’s ability to absorb large offers at stable prices remains weak, meaning the price could suddenly reverse.

FTT has rallied nearly 150% this month as a bull revival in the broader market triggered a short squeeze in the battered cryptocurrency. FTT crashed 96% in November, hitting a low of 81 cents as its parent exchange, headed by Sam Bankman Fried, went bust.

Data tracked by Paris-based Kaiko Research shows a balanced order book in Binance’s FTT-BUSD market, with the number of buy orders for 20,000 FTT or more now matching similar-sized sell orders. BUSD is a stablecoin developed in partnership between Binance and Paxos and is backed 1:1 by U.S. dollars, according to its official website.

“When looking at the transaction-level data, we can see that price takers have been placing large market buy orders at the same pace as market sell orders – so it looks fairly balanced right now at current levels,” Clara Medalie, research director at Kaiko Research, told CoinDesk.

Price takers are entities that remove liquidity from the order book by taking available orders. Price makers create orders and wait for them to be filled, injecting liquidity into the market.

Medalie added that “overall liquidity remains very thin, so if a wave of selling starts, then it could push prices back down.”

Liquidity is often measured by a metric called the 2% market depth – a collection of the buy and sell orders within 2% of the mid-price or the average of the bid and the ask/offer prices. The greater the depth, the less likely that an influx of large buy or sell orders can influence the going market price.

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The 2% market depth represents a collection of the buy and sell orders within 2% of the mid-price. (Kaiko Research)

FTT’s 2% market depth in Binance’s FTT-BUSD pair remains flat at around 100,000 FTT. That’s equivalent to just about $210,000, as of this morning, Kaiko tweeted. Before FTX’s crash, the 2% depth stood well above 6 million FTT.

The low-liquidity malaise is also evident from tepid trading volumes.

“On the price taker side, trade volume is very low apart from a few spikes into the 8-10 million range. Low liquidity has likely made it a lot easier for FTT’s price to surge by a few opportunistic buyers, which then draws in traders trying to offload their FTT,” Kaiko said in a tweet thread.

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Tepid trading volumes point to low liquidity. (Kaiko Research)


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