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Bitcoin: How ‘new money’ helped BTC hit its 2021 highs again

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The growth in Bitcoin’s price has led to an uptick in spot trade volume and the coin’s exchange flows.

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  • Bitcoin’s price hike has pushed spot trading volume to multi-year highs
  • Market has seen an influx of new investors this year too

Bitcoin’s [BTC] price rally, which began in October 2023, has pushed its spot trading volume to the highs seen during the 2020-2021 bull market, according to a Glassnode report.

According to the on-chain data provider, while the recent headwinds faced by BTC’s price have led to a slight retraction, the coin’s daily spot trade volume is currently sitting at around $7 billion.

Bitcoin Spot Trade Volume

Source: Glassnode

Glassnode assessed the coin’s spot trade volume by comparing the metric’s 180-day moving average (slow) and its 30-day moving average (fast). This comparison showed that since the market rally began in October 2023, the BTC market “has seen the faster average trade significantly higher than the slower one.”

The on-chain data provider added that this indicates that the coin’s year-to-date growth is “supported by strong demand in spot markets.”

Furthermore, in addition to the surge in the coin’s spot trade volume, BTC’s price rally has resulted in an uptick in the flow of coins in and out of cryptocurrency exchanges. Glassnode said, 

“The monthly average of total Exchange Flows (inflows plus outflows) is currently at $8.19B per day, significantly higher than the peak in the 2020-2021 bull market,”

Surge in new demand

The ongoing rally has also led to a spike in the number of new investors holding BTC. As long-term holders distribute their long-held coins for gains, they have been scooped up by new investors who intend to profit from the market rally.

Glassnode assessed BTC’s Realized Cap HODL Waves and found that there has been a rally in the “share of wealth held by coins younger than six months.”

In fact, over the last year, BTC’s supply held by addresses younger than six months has grown significantly. The same had a figure of 47%, at press time. 

Bitcoin Realized Cap HODL Waves.

Source: Glassnode

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According to Glassnode,

“This suggests that the capital held within the Bitcoin holder base is roughly balanced between long-term holders and new demand.”

Finally, it’s worth pointing out that Glassnode also claimed that it is key to pay attention to the behavior of these new investors as “their share of the capital increases.”

This, because this cohort of BTC holders is typically more price-sensitive than long-term holders (LTHs). They have their coins easily accessible and are ready to offload once BTC’s price falls below their cost basis. 


Abiodun is a full-time journalist working with AMBCrypto. He is also a lawyer with over 2 years of experience. With a keen interest in blockchain technology and its limitless possibilities, Abiodun spends his time understanding the technology, building projects, and educating people about it.
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