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So, what’s going on this week?
Bitcoin finally flashing bullish signals, exchange reserves are getting depleted from new HODLers – all while volatility sits at all time lows calling for a violent move soon.
- Despite the rally, Bitcoin’s Volatility remains at All-Time Lows. This is historically followed by a violent move.
- BTC’s Market Structure has finally shifted from bearish to bullish, indicating further upside.
- Whales have been HODLing their BTC stacks, with exchange balances continue to drop (bullish).
- We maintain our eyes our on $30,000 as the next target.
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Should you believe the hype or not?
Everyone in crypto-land is enjoying this latest, if not greatest, bullish rally in Bitcoin (BTC). While many believe so – we at Cryptonary don’t believe it’s going to run out of steam.
That’s being at least a bit affected by the news, legitimate and otherwise, that has swirled around the star cryptocurrency.
In a case of “another week, another adoption story,” New York State’s legislature has introduced a new bill that, if passed, will allow state agencies to accept cryptocurrencies such as BTC, Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Litecoin (LTC) as payment for fines, penalties, taxes, fees, and a host of other financial obligations owed to the ever revenue-thirsty big state.
Fake news is a sign of our times, and few corners of the economy are more rife with fakery than crypto. A wild item circulated that BTC was trading at a 60% premium in Nigeria due to demand that had gotten so strong.
We have to slow that roll – it turns out that folks were basing this tidbit on the official US dollar/naira exchange rate (around 1 USD/460 NGN) rather than the far more typical and accessible black market rate (1 USD/754 NGN). That’s a big difference; when properly adjusted, the Nigerian BTC price was basically the same as it was everywhere else on the planet, i.e. at about $23,200 per coin.
Yet Nigeria, much like other developing countries with weak financial systems, has caught Bitcoin fever. Especially lately, as ATM withdrawal limits have been pushed down to less than $50 per day.
The big story of this week will be the US Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee meeting, one of those regular confabs where the Fed basically decides on interest rates. As many pundits do, we’re expecting another, perhaps (and hopefully) final rate hike to deal a fatal blow to inflation. As this is a general market expectation, we shouldn’t anticipate that a hike more or less in line with forecasts will quash the BTC rally (read more here).
Yes, we think BTC will generally continue to climb in the coming days. Let’s take a look at the charts.
Gazing at the first graph we can tell a lot from BTC’s “market structure,” which refers to its price dynamics. Is the market generally setting lower lows and lower highs, indicating bearishness? Or is it the happy opposite – higher lows and higher highs signalling a bullish turn? BTC recently set a new higher high, which tells us that there’s a move from bearish to bullish, portending more upside for the asset. So we have that going for us, BTC holders.
Interestingly, and maybe somewhat counter-intuitively, BTC’s volatility (graph 2) is teasing all-time lows despite the price pop of the past few days. In crypto, volatility is cyclical. Unless one believes that price is going to die near $0 forever (not us) then volatility will pick back up from the lows.
Volatility does not determine direction but it does indicate that large movements are on the horizon. Given the rest of the market indicators, we’re comfortable saying that it’s most likely that any sharp move/jump in volatility will push BTC to the upside.
Now, let’s turn our attention away from price and volatility, and towards some other important metrics.
On-Chain Data: Balance on Exchange
This metric shows us how much BTC is on exchanges such as Binance, Coinbase, and the rest. We view this as “supply available,” and we want this figure to be as low as possible. When it rises, this means investors are depositing coins to most likely sell (because there are very few other reasons to deposit BTC) and when it goes down it means they have bought BTC and are now withdrawing their coins into cold storage for holding.
For more than a week, this metric has been in down-only mode, a bullish sign that BTC can at the very least hold its value. While the balance on exchange rate hasn’t drastically decreased in the past few days, it still ticked down slightly to reach new lows.
Meanwhile, the positioning of the whales (the entities holding more than 10,000 BTC, in other words) remains unchanged from last week. This is another bullish sign; these folks continue to cling to their recently-acquired BTC; they clearly think and hope it’ll go up in value.
Mining difficulty is another yardstick worth keeping an eye on. As the name implies, it essentially maps how difficult it is to mine one block; it adjusts every 2,016 blocks (i.e. about two weeks’ time). The more miners endeavouring to dig out BTC, the more competitive mining becomes, and the difficulty rises.
The clear development over the trailing few months and weeks is that miners keep jumping aboard. This is happening despite the fact that block rewards are continuing to go down (albeit slowly, at a pace of once every four years). Like the indicators above, this is a positive development for BTC’s fundamentals, not least because it makes the network harder to attack and thus, more secure… and attractive as an asset.
Weekly Average Active Developers Since Launch
This one is largely self-explanatory (“devs” are developers). You can’t help but notice that this metric, in contrast to some others, is going down. The typical gut reaction when we see such a line is to hit the sell button. That may be true for a lot of assets, but that certainly is not the case with Bitcoin.
Yes, the average number of devs has fallen from a peak of 53 to 11 (-79%) in less than 10 months but – really! – that’s not a bad dynamic. Bitcoin is a store of value in today’s society, it’s gold 2.0. Thus it is not an asset or system that requires constant upkeep and upgrades. You don’t see scientists actively working on changing the chemical composition of gold, right?
You may see that negative feeling much discussed by crypto investors – fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) – around this number once it gets disseminated by the masses, but don’t FUD change your mind – now or ever. We should buy and hold based on what the data and the trends are telling us, not on emotion.
Bitcoin Monthly Returns
Finally, we have a more trivial set of statistics that is nevertheless worth a glance. This graph represents the monthly returns of BTC since 2013.
Historically, the most lucrative month for BTC has been… that’s right, February! The shortest month on the calendar has had only two down years out of 10 (80% up) with an average rise of +23% on green years. No one should transact anything based purely on what day/month/year/lunar phase it happens to be, but it’s worth keeping in the back of our minds that an 80% success rate for February is unusually high.
Cryptonary’s Take | Conclusion
So what have we got? Whales are holding onto their recent buys, more miners are continuing to enter the scene, adoption and acceptance is growing, volatility is hinting towards a big move, and the price dynamic is indicating a shift from a bearish to bullish market structure. With all that in our pocket, we’re happy to say that we remain confident in our thesis that BTC will soon hit $30,000. And that is only a first step up the price ladder.
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