Segwit2x Futures Continue to Trade Despite Fork Cancellation


Segwit2x Futures Continue to Trade Despite Fork Cancellation

Despite yesterday’s announcement that the anticipated Segwit2x hard fork will not be taking place, Segwit2x futures markets continue to trade. As of this writing, Segwit2x futures are trading for approximately $250 USD on Hitbtc and Exrate, and trading for approximately $180 USD on Bitfinex.

Also Read: Closing the Curtains on Segwit2x and the Following Aftermath

Yesterday’s Announcement That the Contentious Segwit2x Fork Will Not Occur Sent Shockwaves Through the Cryptocurrency Markets

Segwit2x Futures Continue to Trade Despite Fork CancellationIn response to the news regarding Segwit2x, bitcoin suddenly spiked upward from $7500 USD to establish a new all-time high of $7900 USD before an aggressive round of dumping drove the price down to establish support at roughly $7000. After a brief overnight recovery of approximately 5%, the price of bitcoin hovers around 7150 USD after retesting the $7000 support area as of this writing.

The news, however, proved to be catastrophic for many traders who had invested in Segwit2x futures, such as the author of this article who spent $85,000 to purchase 90 futures on Bitfinex.

Segwit2x futures plummeted from approximately $1300 USD down to a low of $150 USD, before bouncing up to the $300 – $400 USD range, according to Coinmarketcap. As of this writing, Coinmarketcap reports that prices have sunk back down to approximately $250 USD. Bitfinex’s BT2 tokens are trading significantly lower at approximately $180 USD. Since the all-time high of approximately $2400 USD on the 3rd of November, Segwit2x futures have lost roughly 90% percent of their value.

After Losing Approximately 80% of Their Value in One Day, Segwit2x Futures Contracts Continue to Change Hands

Segwit2x Futures Continue to Trade Despite Fork CancellationMike Belshe’s post stated that the goal of Segwit2x “has always been a smooth upgrade for Bitcoin. Although we strongly believe in the need for a larger blocksize, there is something we believe is even more important: keeping the community together.” Belshe acknowledged that Segwit2x had “failed to buil[d] sufficient consensus for a clean blocksize upgrade,” and that “continuing on the current path could divide the community and be a setback to Bitcoin’s growth.”

Segwit2x’s initial bounce was likely driven by traders closing short positions, however, many traders are uncertain as to why market participants are still willing to purchase Segwit2x futures in spite of Mike Belshe’s announcement canceling the fork. One possible reason factoring in could be the mining group Bitpico’s announcement they’ll continue with activation of the Segwit2x fork

Why do you think traders are still posting buy orders for Segwit2x futures despite the announced cancellation of the fork? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Samuel Haig

Samuel Haig is a journalist who has been completely obsessed with bitcoin and cryptocurrency since 2012. Samuel lives in Tasmania, Australia, where he attended the University of Tasmania and majored in Political Science, and Journalism, Media & Communications. Samuel has written about the dialectics of decentralization, and is also a musician and kangaroo riding enthusiast.

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