10:23‘Old hands selling out’ metric shows Bitcoin price at risk of HODLers dumping
On-chain data shows dormant addresses are selling BTC, leading some analysts to make bearish calls on Bitcoin price.
Old hands are selling their Bitcoin (BTC) holdings, according to Glassnode’s Coin Dormancy metric. As shown below, dormant addresses selling BTC marked previous tops in BTC.
Coin dormancy of Bitcoin. Source: Glassnode
On-chain analyst Willy Woo said old hands reliably sold the top until the most recent price cycle. He wrote:
There are several reasons why long-time holders are selling BTC at the current price. BTC price has increased by three-fold since March, and it is a decent take-profit area for sellers. The $12,000 area has also served as a strong resistance level throughout the past two months.
Will the dormant Bitcoin HODLers be proven right this time?
Atop the various technical reasons, there are cyclical reasons that could encourage dormant Bitcoin holders to sell.
In the last two fourth quarters, Bitcoin recorded negative returns. The tendency of BTC to underperform during the last quarter, alongside the $12,000 resistance, could compel holders to take profit.
However, some technical analysts believe Bitcoin is at the cusp of starting a new cycle. In the upcoming months, BTC could continue to grind upward to higher resistance levels and not see a major pullback.
Filbfilb, a popular cryptocurrency analyst, pinpointed the post-halving cycle seen in 2017. He said that BTC reached an all-time high after it broke out in the same week four years ago. He wrote:
The trader also noted that institutions are seemingly longing Bitcoin at record levels. Following the high-profile investments in Bitcoin from MicroStrategy and Square, the institutional demand for BTC has increased noticeably.
The volume of institution-tailored platforms, including Bakkt and LMAX Digital, has increased substantially in recent weeks. Filbfilb added:
BTC's technical setup is short-term bearish, but fundamentals are strong
Most of the short-term bearish signals for Bitcoin are technical rather than fundamental. Various fundamental metrics signify strengthening momentum, including the Bitcoin hash rate.
On Oct. 19, the Bitcoin hash rate hit a new all-time high once again, which is a highly optimistic trend, especially after the May 11 halving. John Todaro, a cryptocurrency venture capitalist, said:
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