The total cryptocurrency market cap sits at $888 billion. Value has consolidated into Bitcoin, Ethereum and stablecoins. As it happens, a variety of data-points indicate BTC is in an attractive long-term order bloc.
In this issue:
- Bitcoin analysis
- On-chain data
- latest happenings
- Listening material
BTC/USD exchanges hands at $17,250, gaining 3.5% week-on-week so far. A number of positive long-term technical tailwinds provide a base-reason for two potential scenarios: (1) relief rally, (2) sideways chop.
Firstly, the monthly Stochastic Relative Strength Index (RSI-cyclical-derivative) indicates seller exhaustion.
Secondly, the weekly Relative Strength Index has posted a positive divergence, whereby price has traversed lower with weakening momentum.
BTC: All Exchanges Netflow
In December, the total Netflow was largely negative, just like in the prior month. The highest outflows occurred on Dec. 13th (-34,261 BTC), when BTC/USD traded at $18,000. At a glance, there haven’t been major gyrations in January yet, but on the 9th a negative Netflow of -5,756 BTC was registered. Of these outflows, -2,844 came from Binance.
The general trend of coins leaving exchanges remains, adding to Bitcoin’s growing illiquid supply trend.
BTC: Exchange Reserves
The number of BTC held on exchanges was on the decline at the start of December, and registered a new low of 2,140,197 BTC on Dec. 19th. Since then, there’s been a minor uptick, but nothing significant considering the significant drop-off in early November.
BTC: Market-Value-To-Realised-Value Ratio (MVRV Z-score)
The MVRV-Z score has been in the value area since June 2022. Locally, the metric has been rising since November 9th, from -0.37 to -0.19 as of Jan. 9th. Currently, Bitcoin is undervalued according to this metric. Long-winded price consolidation tends to precede positive price swings, historically.
BTC: HODL Wave 1y-2y
The Bitcoin 1–2 year HODL-wave band has been growing since the UST implosion in May. The band swell tends to coincide with long-term accumulation phases. Presently, the 1–2 year band holds 18.4% of the total BTC supply. While there is room for this band to expand further, the figure is significant since values approximating 20% (+/-2%) tend to coincide with cyclical bottoming phases.
All in all, these are positive signs for Bitcoin which have yet to be confirmed by price-movements. Distrust of centralised entities is high and assets on exchanges continue to plummet. Long-term holders are in control of a growing number of BTC, indicating that the pool of entities who won’t sell at these prices is increasing.
As such, I continue to think that a catastrophic event in the ecosystem would be required for another leg down. This is the time to be patient and look up.
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