In the last Binance Thousand League combat, FMZ released a funding rate strategy: https://www.fmz.com/digest-topic/6381 . This strategy is used by many users. In this bull market, the annualized rate exceeded 100% at one point, and there were several opportunities to close positions at a large negative premium. As for the overall profit, it is a sound arbitrage strategy. However, as arbitrageurs and capital increase, the market becomes more efficient, and the situation faced by the strategy has somehow changed:

  • 1.The first is that the positive premium is generally getting lower. At the beginning, the open premium was generally 5/1000. Currently, it is generally 1/1000, and the opportunity of opening positions has become worse.
  • 2. The negative premium is reduced. It turns out that with the rapid decline of the market, the negative premium will be very exaggerated, and even a -20% premium has occurred. At this time, the profit of closing positions is very considerable. But the current declines tend to be slow ones, with small negative premiums.
  • 3. The slippoint increases. When the strategy is first released, it can open positions at a premium of 3/1000, and close at a premium of 3/1000. As long as the fee can be covered, you can get a little profit from each trade, increasing the arbitrage profit. At present, even if you see a premium, the opportunity often disappears quickly, and it is likely to make loss when you grab the opportunity, and it is basically impossible to earn a premium.
  • 4. The annualized funding rate is reduced. The annualized funding rate of more than 100% has not been seen for a long time, and the rate will be lower and lower in the future. Even if the market continues to grow, it should be difficult to see a high annualized rate.

Of course, the change mentioned above is in the expectation. After all, the funding rate arbitrage is a public method, so the extra profit cannot be maintained for long.

FTX platform also has perpetual contracts,which are charged every hour. Obtain the history data by crawling, and convert to 8-hour calculation. Only the funding rates of few currency symbols are high; compared to the recent funding rate of Binance perpetual contract, there is no big difference.

symbolratesymbolrate
AMPL0.001250UNISWAP0.001229
SRN0.001069DAWN0.000573
MTA0.000510MCB0.000497
FLOW0.000386PUNDIX0.000330
TONCOIN0.000327CELO0.000327

Binance recent funding rate status (December 2, 2021):
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However, FTX also has corresponding advantages. For spot, you can seamlessly and directly sell and make short by loaning currencies, and then repay the loan automatically after buy, so it is more convenient to do negative rate arbitrage.

If you still choose a perpetual contract for funding rate arbitrage, here are some suggestions:

  • 1.From decentralized positions to a small number of high-rate positions, the original decentralized positions reduced risks, but at the same time, they also dispersed the benefits. Currently, high rates are not a common phenomenon, so centralized positions are required.
  • 2. Multiple platforms and mainstream platforms basically have perpetual contracts, which will further increase trading opportunities.
  • 3. Seize the opportunity of extreme funding rate, such as the recent OMG airdrop event, which resulted in an extreme funding rate of -5.4%. Of course, there are often special reasons for such situations, which need to be handled with caution. /upload/asset/18a74cf6c1ed359220c.png Recently, a small strategy tool has been released to count the funding rates of six mainstream platforms, which can be further improved on the basis to assist in billing. Strategy public address: https://www.fmz.com/strategy/333315
    Bot address: https://www.fmz.com/robot/406857

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