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BTC records historic low in volatility; is this the end of the ‘Crypto Wild West’ ?

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  • Bitcoin’s volatility hits all time low as per head of research at CoinShares
  • BTC Whale Ratio managed to show some recovery 

Bitcoin [BTC] continued to disappoint both the bulls and bears as its volatility hit fresh lows as of 7 January. As per a tweet posted by James Butterfill, the head of research at CoinShares, BTC’ 30-day volatility fell to an all time low of 18.7, in the range of popular equity indices like Nasdaq and S&P 500.

This could be taken as a remarkable departure from the coin’s unpredictable behavior exhibited in the last decade.

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The same was reflected in the trading volumes of BTC which has diminished gradually since the FTX-induced market volatility phase in mid-November. At press time, the volume dipped by almost 3% since 6 January, per data from CoinMarketCap.

Furthermore, upon considering BTC’s price chart on a daily time frame the king coin oscillated within a tight range between $16,302 and $17,382. The converging Bollinger Bands (BB) along the mentioned range reinforced the notion of low volatility.

Source: TradingView

Where does BTC go from here?

Analyst Charles Edwards, founder of Capriole Investments predicted a big move for BTC but only when it breaks out of low volatility. He shared a chart which correlated Bitcoin’s volatility with historical price data and suggested that the new trend after the low volatility phase tends to last longer.

“Bitcoin is currently trading at a major low in volatility. Generally, when Bitcoin breaks out of extremely low volatility, the ensuing trend tends to last. Don’t fight the trend on the next major move.”

Source: Capriole Investments

Furthermore, crypto analyst ‘Crypto Rover’  stated that this low volatility phase will continue for a longer period of time. 

Has on-chain activity tapered down?

The rate at which coins moved on the network progressively dropped in the last month. This aligned with the drop in trading volume seen earlier.

Source: CryptoQuant

Additionally, the Exchange Whale Ratio which dipped below 0.4 in the first week of January showed signs of recovery. The reading from the metric, which measures the top 10 inflows to an exchange, suggested that whales played the wait-and-watch game owing to a lack of clear buy and sell signals from the market.

Source: CryptoQuant

The number of open positions remained consistent over the past week which lent credence to the low volatility phase.

Source: CryptoQuant

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Bitcoin has earned the reputation of being one of the most volatile currencies in the market. Buzzwords like ‘Crypto Wild West’ became popular for describing the untamed price swings in the brief history of the coin.

However, its volatility now has started to mirror the more traditional financial instruments in the market. Will this strengthen Bitcoin’s idea as a legitimate, secure, and stable currency in the future? 2023 may have all the answers. 


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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