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Is Bitcoin on the cusp of a generational top or a second rally

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The market is currently under a certain amount of bearish pressure at the moment. Bitcoin and the collective market are bleeding on the short-term time interval with major altcoins registering daily lows. In the longer term, the trend remains bullish, and with respect to the transaction volumes, an interesting trend has been observed.

This article will analyze Bitcoin’s movement in terms of coin age and classify the rally towards three possible outlooks.

Only the ‘young’ in Bitcoin rally?

An interesting observation put forward by Glassnode’s recent weekly report is related to coin ages. The report suggested that over the past few weeks, the dominance of hot coins, with a lifespan of  less than 1-week, had higher relative volumes with 94% of the total spent coin volume.

Similarly, middle and old coins, had less than 2% dominance, which is even lower than the bear-market of 2019-2020.

Source: Glassnode

Now, when old coins enter the market, it is usually during a liquidation event or when large bullish rallies capitulate. Profits are taken by these old hodlers, leading to a correction phase. When young coins or hot coins move, it means retail is presently in charge of market movement, while long-term holders continue to accumulate.

Now, the current situation of young coins dominating the volumes has been associated with three possible outcomes:

  • A generational top: When markets reach the highest immediate potential and speculation cannot push it any forward
  • Capitulation faff: Where the markets bleed a little as over-leveraged contracts get liquidated in the process
  • Disbelief rallies: traders selling into the market but selling pressure is absorbed and prices move forward after a strong consolidation

So where are we now?

At the moment, it will be easier to suggest that the market is at a generational top, and bullish momentum is finally receding in the market. However, as mentioned above, the long-term scenario is still peach.

BTC/USDT on Trading View

As illustrated in the chart above, Bitcoin was still currently above its previous local high of $50,500 at press time. The price structure also maintained a position above the diagonal resistance but it could be broken going forward.

Albeit, if the market falls into another limbo of consolidation, the next few days may determine whether BTC is hitting its peaks or building towards new ones.


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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