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What to expect as Bitcoin volatility trends downwards

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Bitcoin Volatility Index sank below 50 in recent months, compared to 150 and beyond during the peak of 2021 bull market.

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  • Exchange withdrawals for BTC eclipsed deposits for the last three months.
  • Bitcoin’s trading volumes have been muted for the most part of 2023.

Compared to previous months, August proved to be quite eventful for Bitcoin [BTC] as rallies and crashes once again became the norm. However, on zooming out it became evident that the king coin was going through perhaps its quietest stage ever.

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Bitcoin gets boring

An on-chain researcher took to social platform X to illustrate how Bitcoin’s supposed selling point – volatility – has plummeted in comparison to previous years. An attached graph in the post showed that Bitcoin Volatility Index sank below 50 in recent months, compared to 150 and beyond during the peak of 2021 bull market.

One of the primary factors behind the boring price action of the world’s largest digital asset was investors’ hoarding mentality. More and more BTC holders were transferring their holdings to self-custody instead of trading them on crypto exchanges.

Prominent on-chain sleuth Ali Martinez highlighted that exchange withdrawals for BTC have been eclipsing deposits for the last three months. Such a development was unprecedented, as per Martinez.

Source: Ali with inputs from Glassnode

Apart from HODLing for long-term benefits, investors’ diminishing faith in exchange operations contributed to Bitcoin’s dwindling liquid supply.

In recent months, U.S. regulators launched crackdowns on some of the biggest trading platforms like Binance and Coinbase. As a result, the fear of losing access to their funds in an unexpected event drove people to hold them in self-custody.

Trading activity plunges in 2023

As can be seen, Bitcoin’s trading volumes have been muted for most part of 2023, per Token Terminal data. Though developments around spot ETF applications infused some volatility in August, trading activity was still considerably lower than March peak.

Source: Token Terminal

However, one encouraging development which came out from recent weeks was that BTC in particular, and the market in general, was responding more to crypto-specific events. Unlike previous years, when macroeconomic triggers from TradFi moved crypto prices, the decoupling has somewhat increased.

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Good times ahead?

At the time of writing, BTC exchanged hands at $25,896.67, per CoinMarketCap. A popular technical analyst appeared confident that the current bear market would soon give way to a bull run. 


Aniket Verma works as a journalist at AMBCrypto. Contrary to most who are primarily interested in merely tracking price movements of cryptos, his focus is on examining the niche intersection between cryptocurrencies and traditional finance. A so-so Bitcoin maximalist, Aniket has a strong disdain for memecoins and the unfounded frenzy they seem to generate every market season. Coming from a strong engineering background, Aniket previously worked as a Content Manager for TV9 Network. Before his stint over there, he was an Associate Multimedia News Producer at Reuters.
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