XRP Trader Made Millions Today Thanks to This ‘De-Peg’ wafact

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Vladislav Sopov

Top trader of crypto exchange Bybit masterfully used ‘window of opportunity’ opened by strange imbalance in pairs with XRP and U.S. dollar


Pseudonymous trader who goes by @DefiSquared, the most successful trader on the Bybit exchange and the top wallet of DeBank, shared the story of one insane opportunity that happened today amid the cryptocurrency carnage.

Top trader made “millions” purchasing XRP positions with 45% discount

Trader @DefiSquared managed to make “seven figures” thanks to a mysterious imbalance in XRP pairs on Bybit. Today, Aug. 18, 2023, the prices between coin-margined and USDT-margined XRP-based derivatives on Bybit were trading with 45% difference. This created an amazing arbitrage opportunity explored by the trader.

The dicsount “window” only lasted for 10-20 minutes. It might have happened due to large and unpredictable liquidations of XRP traders’ positions.

As explained by the trader, algorithmically backed market-makers faced a shortage of spot XRP cryptocurrency needed for coin-margined derivatives trading.

Their colleagues who were trading USDT-margined contracts were not affected by the issue.

Just like all major altcoins, XRP is badly affected by the ongoing panic-driven sell-off. In almost no time, the token plunged from $0.57 to $0.47, losing over 17.5% of its value.

Bybit exceeds Binance by XRP liquidations amid collapse

The collapse was surrounded by record-breaking liquidations on cryptocurrency markets. In total, 175,252 traders were liquidated in the last 24 hours, while the aggregated losses eclipsed $1.04 billion in equivalent.

When it comes to XRP, the total volume of liquidations is estimated at $27.92 million; almost 90% of this sum were the long positions of XRP bulls.

Out of this whopping amount, Bybit is responsible for $7.8 million, while Binance (BNB), the largest cryptocurrency exchange globally, is in charge for $7.4 million in equivalent.

The net market capitalization of crypto markets dropped by 6% overnight.

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