Abstract：Bitcoin lines up potential levels for a new week of BTC price action.
BTC/USD anotated chart. Source: Rekt Capital/ Twitter
Also cautiously optimistic is fellow popular trader Crypto Ed, who is eyeing a potential replay of last week's run above $44,000, something that BEARs subsequently quashed.
Last week, meanwhile, Cointelegraph reported on sentiment favoring an upside breakout as an eventual outcome of the current ranging behavior.
Congress to discuss “cleaning up” crypto mining
Reining in the 7% year-on-year CPI increase could see the Federal Reserve enACT no fewer than four KEY rate hikes in 2022 alone, GOldman Sachs forecast last week. This in turn places more pressure on weary consumers.
“The stage is being set in the coming weeks,” Pentoshi argued.
Closer to home, this week will see U.S. lawmakers discuss the alleged environmental impact of cryptocurrency mining.
With a significant chunk of the Bitcoin hash rate now coming from the U.S., ANY hostile policies will MATTER more than most when it comes to sentiment. A repeat of the China exodus from May 2021 — and its knock-on effect for hash rate and network security — will not be welcomed by anyone.
Hash rate, as Cointelegraph noted, is now back at all-time highs, fully recovered from last year's events.
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing is due to take place on Thursday, and is titled “Cleaning Up Cryptocurrency: The Energy Impacts of BlockCHAINs.”
The hearing will be livestreamed in real time on the day.
Bitcoin “a bonfire covered in gasoline”
Bitcoin volatility is plumbing multi-year lows — encouraging for its acceptance as a mainstream asset, but not something many expect to last.
According to the Bitcoin Volatility Index, which calculates the standard deviation of daily BTC returns for the last 30 and 60 days, Bitcoin is at its least volatile since November 2020 at 2.63%.
Current price movements are thus similar to before BTC/USD entered price discovery after cracking its $20,000 all-time high from 2017.
For trader, entrepreneur and investor Bob Loukas, the stage is now set for a potential repeat of those events.
“Remember when everyone was loading up BTC options in Sept/OCT for the SUPER cycle. Those are probably down 80+%,” he commented, noting that derivatives traders from before the current $69,000 all-time highs are likely more than disappointed.
“Vol dropping speaks to consolidating period, likely similar outcome period leading into Oct 20' move. But think still time to grind in this BTC range.”Bitcoin Volatility Index chart. Source: BUY Bitcoin Worldwide
While “exciting” price moves are yet to reappear after December‘s drawdown, however, they are now all the more likely thanks to Bitcoin’s supply becoming increasingly inaccessible.
“With illiquid supply at ATH's for this cycle, Bitcoin is essentially a bonfire covered in gasoline,” market commentator Johal Miles argued.
“The slightest whiff of demand will bring roaring flames.”
As Cointelegraph reported, BTC is being ferreted away into cold storage out of the grip of speculators.
Interest “quiet ever since” early 2021
Eyeing new entities appearing on the blockchain, Glassnode analyst TXMC Trades showed just how quiet Bitcoin has really been in terms of retail adoption since January 2021.
A look at the 30-day exponential moving average (EMA) of new entities coming on chain reveals that the last major surge ended at the start of Q1 last year.
Since then, despite two new all-time price highs, new entity numbers have fallen and returned to standard rates normally seen after BULL cycle peaks.
“Bitcoin bull/bear markets have a distinct on-chain activity profile,” TXMC explained on Twitter.
“…Activity wise, the last bull run ended in January 2021. It's been quiet ever since.”Bitcoin new entities chart (30-day EMA). Source: TXMC Trades/ Twitter
The data underscores how the average investor has all but forgotten Bitcoin, even as it swept new highs and institutional activity remained STRONG.
Interest levels from Google users adds to the trend, with search rates for “Bitcoin” worldwide at levels previously the norm in December 2020.
Worldwide Google search data for “Bitcoin.” Source: Google Trends
Miners, although being far from underwater at current price levels, are also getting less income from transaction fees than at any point since late 2020 — just 1.08%.
“This is an indicator that retail is not in yet... Although price is really similar to early 2021 When retail？” Twitter-based on-chain analyst Blockwise queried this weekend, presenting further Glassnode data.
Bitcoin miner transaction fee revenue percentage anotated chart (7-day MA). Source: Blockwise/ TwitterBe afraid, be “extremely” afraid
Bitcoin‘s new year “extreme FEAR” continues — and if on-chain behavior is anything to go by, it’s set to remain the dominant sentiment force.
According to the Crypto Fear & Greed Index, which measures market sentiment via a basket of factors to assess just how traders are likely to act at a given price point, things have rarely looked more bleak.
Since late December, the Index has characterized the status quo as “extreme fear,” and so far, no price shifts have managed to alter it.
The same is TRUE this week, with Fear & Greed at 21/100 — well within the “extreme fear” bracket.
Crypto Fear & Greed Index. Source: Alternative.me
Similarly, data covering BTC moved at a profit or loss shows timidity among transactors, with precious little profiteering to be seen.
Such behavior is common during price dips and was seen last year during the summer as BTC/USD fell and bottomed at around $30,000.
Bitcoin realized profit/ loss ratio anotated chart. Source: On-Chain College/ Twitter
“This is the real Fear & Greed Index,” popular Twitter account On-Chain College commented, uploading the data, which comes from Glassnodes realized profit/ loss ratio indicator.
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