Bitcoin In State of Extreme Apathy and Exhaustion, What’s Next?

Bitcoin In State of Extreme Apathy and Exhaustion, What’s Next?

The Bitcoin (BTC) price consolidation over the past few weeks seems to be a never-ending wait for investors with volatility hitting rock bottom. As the BTC price continues to hover in the range of $29k to $30k, several on-chain indicators have reached a state of extreme apathy and exhaustion.

Let’s take a look at some of the on-chain indicators that hint at the lack of enough ammo for further upward price action.

Bitcoin Sees Modest Inflows

The Realized Cap stands out as a vital tool in on-chain analysis, reflecting the total capital influx since the beginning. The size and rate of change of the Realized Cap provide valuable insights, showing that over $16 billion (+4.1%) has entered Bitcoin this year.

Yet, the ascent appears gradual compared to the sharp surge witnessed in the 2021-22 upward trend. This suggests that although capital is entering, it’s happening at a relatively slow speed.

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Bitcoin Volatility Compression

Bitcoin Bollinger Bands suggest that Bitcoin volatility has collapsed to historical lows. The upper and lower Bollinger Bands are separated just by 2.9%, thus, this low volatility compression was only seen on two occasions i.e. 2016 and Jan 2023.

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Another way to understand the reduction in volatility (investor exhaustion) is by looking at how investors are spending their coins. Realized Value serves as a measure within this context:

  1. High Volatility: When there’s high volatility, investors tend to spend coins they acquired at prices much higher (resulting in losses) or much lower (resulting in profits) than the current spot exchange rate.
  2. Low Volatility and Exhaustion: In times of low volatility (when investors are exhausted), most of the coins being moved on-chain were likely acquired at prices very close to the current spot rate. This means that the realized profit or loss is minimal.

The Sell-Side Risk Ratio is a helpful tool to track this. It compares the absolute value of the realized profit or loss (the change in asset value) to the realized cap (the overall asset value). For short-term holders (STHs), this ratio is currently at an all-time low.

This suggests that nearly all the investors who intended to take profit or loss within this price range have already done so. As a result, the market might need a catalyst to encourage new spending, potentially indicating upcoming volatility, reports Glassnode.

Bitcoin Long-Term Holder Supply

The amount of Bitcoin held by Long-Term Holders is continuously rising, reaching a record high of 14.6 million BTC. In contrast, the supply held by Short-Term Holders has dropped to a multi-year low of 2.56 million BTC.

In summary, this indicates that Bitcoin investors are maintaining strong conviction, as very few are opting to sell their holdings.

Courtesy: Glassnode

Bhushan is a FinTech enthusiast and holds a good flair in understanding financial markets. His interest in economics and finance draw his attention towards the new emerging Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency markets. He is continuously in a learning process and keeps himself motivated by sharing his acquired knowledge. In free time he reads thriller fictions novels and sometimes explore his culinary skills.

The presented content may include the personal opinion of the author and is subject to market condition. Do your market research before investing in cryptocurrencies. The author or the publication does not hold any responsibility for your personal financial loss.


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