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BTC enters another phase of low volatility; here’s what investors should expect

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Bitcoin enters another phase of low volatility; here's what investors should expect

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  • Bitcoin’s price action may be headed for another period of inactivity.
  • Why Bitcoin demand has failed to manifest strongly despite the discounted price.

Not so long ago (September), Bitcoin went through a period of low volatility. This stage was characterized by low demand and limited directional price movement. Its performance after last week’s crash suggests that it may already be in for another low-volatility phase.

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According to Glassnode’s latest analysis, Bitcoin transaction volume recently dropped to 14-month lows. This reflected the return of FUD in the market after last week’s market crash. This observation may indicate that hopes of recovery have subsided despite the upside seen towards the end of September.

Bitcoin price action often bounces back after a major crash. It did attempt a recovery rally after bottoming out during the latest crash but the subsequent upside was limited. Since then, BTC’s price action has reverted to the lower range. Glassnode also noted that the average coin dormancy has hit a 9-month high.

This dormancy confirms that the pace at which Bitcoin is exchanging hands has slowed down. As expected, this reflects BTC’s price action whose movements have been limited in the last few days. This observation is reminiscent of Bitcoin’s price action in the last two weeks of September and the first two weeks of October.

Bitcoin price action

Source: Glassnode

The subdued price action also reflects the lack of relative strength or weakness indicated by the RSI’s sideways performance. The Money Flow indicator confirmed a lack of significant buy or sell pressure.

Bitcoin holders’ confidence yet to register significant recovery

What makes the current scenario unusual is that Bitcoin’s exchange has decreased to its lowest 4-week level despite the surge in dormancy. This is because many BTC holders have moved their funds out of exchanges into private wallets.

Bitcoin exchange balance and dormancy

Source: Glassnode

This means the lower exchange balances do not necessarily reflect an increase in demand. We previously noted the lack of bullish demand from whales and institutions despite the discounted price. This has contributed to the lack of bullish momentum in the market.

The lack of healthy demand has also been observed in the derivatives market. Major market crashes like the one observed last week often attract strong buybacks as noted earlier. This is usually the case in the derivatives market. However, the futures open interest metric confirmed the lack of demand in the derivatives market.

Bitcoin derivatives demand and leverage

Source: Glassnode

We also observed a drop in leveraged positions in the market. This was quite an expected outcome after large liquidations recently. The BTC futures estimated leverage ratio confirmed the low execution of leveraged Bitcoin positions.

Demand from the derivatives market and high leverage often contribute to more volatility. The above-mentioned factors thus strengthen the current observations pointing to low volatility.


Michael is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. He has 5 years of experience in finance and forex and more than two years as a writer in the crypto and blockchain segments. Michael's writing at AMBCrypto is primarily focused on cryptocurrency market news and technical analysis. His interests include motorcycles and exotic cars.
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