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What Bitcoin’s falling volatility says about investor sentiment

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Bitcoin is increasingly being seen as a long-term investment option, rather than a short-term speculative asset.

What Bitcoin's falling volatility says about investor sentiment

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  • Most investors were moving coins out of the market to HODL.
  • The number of BTC coins across exchanges has dropped to its lowest level since January 2018.

The crypto market’s slump has put the spotlight back on one of the most-talked about topics in the sphere – Bitcoin’s [BTC] volatility.


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According to data provider Kaiko, the 90-day annualized volatility for the largest digital asset on the planet has plunged to 50%, nearly halving from the highs observed during the 2021 bull market.

What looked like the start of another extended bull market phase during the first quarter of 2023 has turned on its head. As evident from Token Terminal, BTC’s monthly trade volume has been on a downward spiral since April.

Source: Token Terminal

Bitcoin’s perceived value

Bitcon’s declining volatility may be due in part to how investors have started to perceive it. Glassnode’s Liveliness metric, which shows how likely it is for Bitcoin owners to spend or keep their tokens, was on a multi-year downtrend.

This suggested that most investors were moving coins out of the market to HODL.

Source: Glassnode

This translated to the idea that the king coin was increasingly seen as a long-term investment option, rather than a short-term speculative asset. Furthermore, recent actions by U.S. based regulators on major market participants have contributed to HODLing sentiment as well.

As evident from the graph below, the number of BTC coins across exchanges has dropped to its lowest level since January 2018, about 2.28 million at the time of publication, implying the lack of willingness on the part of investors to trade.

Source: Glassnode

Furthermore, there were signs that the Bitcoin market has matured and was gaining the attention of leading financial institutions. Recently, the world’s largest asset management company, BlackRock, filed for a spot Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF).

This move had the potential to make Bitcoin a legitimate asset class for investors with varying degrees of risk tolerance.


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Speculative interest drops

Bitcoin’s Open Interest (OI), or the dollar value locked in outstanding contracts on futures markets, plummeted to a fresh 1-month low, as per a tweet by Glassnode dated 19 June. The OI has been trending downward since the start of June.

BTC exchanged hands at $26,797 at the time of writing, having gained 1.4% in value over the last 24 hours, data from CoinMarketCap showed.

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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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