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Bitcoin doesn’t like September, but is it any different this time

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August 2021 is now past us, with Bitcoin marching into the third month of Q3. After a massive correction of 40.39% in Q2, the crypto’s value has appreciated by around 35.39% this quarter. The asset is now entering the final month of the quarter. And, potential bullish pressure would be needed to defeat the odds that have stood strong over the last 4 years.

Month of September or Bear’s early Autumn?

BTC/USD on Trading View

Since 2013, Bitcoin has seen a positive spike in September only thrice. While the odds are 5:3 and seem neutral, the returns on those green months have been barely bullish. In comparison, bearish corrections have been massive, with a drop of 19% in 2014, followed by a 13.51% in 2019. Even during largely bullish years, corrections of -8.25% and -7.53% were observed in 2017 and 2020, respectively.

Terms of identifying a logical background to such a trend do not make sense since, over the years, the narratives surrounding BTC have been different. Market conditions in 2019 were drastically different than in 2020 as the supply diminished post-May 2020.

Hence, if market superstitions are a thing, September would be a taboo month for bullish investors. However, the narrative in 2021 cannot be based on only historical context.

So, are we expecting a positive September for Bitcoin?

From an on-chain point of view, few bearish signs have been identified. With the crypto’s price incorporating aggressive bullish recoveries, transactional activities haven’t committed to the same level of engagement.

Source: Glassnode

As indicated by Glassnode, Bitcoin’s number of entity-adjusted transactions dropped by ~38% since peaking in the first quarter of 2021. Alongside transactional activities, the total transfer volume also dropped down by 62.5%.

Both the above metrics are responsible for estimating the magnitude of economically important volume since all these transfers are happening on-chain.

With such reduced demand for block space, the current rally isn’t being supported by the same credentials seen in early-2021.

Bears v. Bulls – The 2021 September battle?

At the moment, bears have both the historical probability and the immediate on-chain support for a correction. With respect to how Bitcoin has performed over the past couple of months, a period of correction is actually fairly welcome since it may allow BTC to re-test before another strong rally in Q4 2021.

And yet, when it comes to Bitcoin, nothing is guaranteed 100%. Only time will tell how September 2021 will turn out to be for the asset.


Biraajmaan covers market trends of major cryptocurrencies. As a graduate in engineering, his interests lie in Blockchain technology. With over a year as a journalist, his articles focus on US and UK markets.
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