Elon Musk and COVID-19 have one thing in widespread: They’ve each panicked traders — no less than as soon as — into dumping their Bitcoin (BTC) holdings.
The similarities notched up increased within the earlier six days as Musk doubled down on his chaos-inducing perspective towards Bitcoin. The billionaire entrepreneur engaged in a Twitter spat with high cryptocurrency advocates over the weekend, together with podcaster Peter McCormick, as he projected his favourite token, Dogecoin (DOGE), as superior to Bitcoin.
Obnoxious threads like this make me wish to go all in on Doge
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 16, 2021
At one time limit, Musk nearly admitted that he would have Tesla unload the $1.5 billion funding that it had made in Bitcoin in February. In the meantime, the bids for the flagship cryptocurrency saved on declining with every of Musk’s tweets. First, they went to $50,000, then sub-$45,000, finally to bottom-out close to $42,000.
Musk later clarified that Tesla has not dumped its bitcoin holdings.
To make clear hypothesis, Tesla has not offered any Bitcoin
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 17, 2021
However his clarification did little in offsetting Bitcoin’s draw back bias. The cryptocurrency finally prolonged its bearish correction to greater than 35% when measured from its all-time excessive of practically $65,000.
That additionally marked one of many quickest and deepest top-to-bottom retracement strikes within the cryptocurrency’s current historical past, with on-chain indicators exhibiting that its impression in the marketplace bias was as dangerous because the one attributable to the Black Thursday crash in March 2020 within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the meantime, blockchain analytics platform Glassnode reported a decline within the earnings of Bitcoin’s circulating provide through its proprietary metric.
The “BTC % Provide in Revenue (7d MA)” confirmed readings close to 81.122 as of London morning on Tuesday, its lowest degree since October 2020. The readings had been additionally weak through the March 2020 crash, whereby Bitcoin declined by greater than 50%.
Extra on-chain indicators level out comparable readings between the present, Musk-led Bitcoin worth crash and the one which appeared amid the coronavirus panic in March 2020.
As an example, the Bitcoin switch quantity tracker at Glassnode showed a spike in BTC influx throughout all of the exchanges. Its scale was similar to the inflows seen through the March 2020 sell-off and the distribution by the PlusToken Ponzi scheme in 2019.
A better BTC influx signifies a better likelihood of merchants promoting these tokens for different belongings, together with fiat and altcoins. Conversely, a better outflow reveals merchants’ willingness to carry BTC for longer intervals.
Institutional versus retail sentiment
Glassnode’s Bitcoin switch quantity information, in the meantime, supplied two stark funding views between retail and establishments. In its weekly publication, the analytics platform broke down its commentary based mostly on the influx/outflow information collected from two of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges: Binance and Coinbase.
Binance is a non-United States entity that draws largely retail merchants and traders world wide. In the meantime, Coinbase’s standing is increased amongst U.S.-based institutional traders. Glassnode famous that Binance was the largest receiver of the Bitcoin inflows through the Musk-led market crash.
“This offers additional indication that the current inflows are prone to be pushed by each new market entrants (panic sellers) and doubtlessly as a result of capital rotation into different crypto-assets,” wrote Glassnode in a weekly notice.
Ki Younger Ju, CEO of CryptoQuant — a South Korea-based blockchain analytics platform — additionally noted that almost all BTC inflows went to Binance, including that it’s not essentially a bearish sign.
“I’m going to attend till the influx sign cools off,” he added, nonetheless.
Alternatively, Coinbase has logged increased new Bitcoin outflows ever because the cryptocurrency broke above the $20,000-price milestone final 12 months. The pattern continued even within the present week, exhibiting that institutional traders had been absorbing the retail market’s promoting strain.
In different phrases, wealthy traders bought Bitcoin at native lows as common ones offered them below the affect of Musk.
“Don’t hearken to what they are saying,” mentioned early-stage investor Anthony Pompliano in his notice to purchasers on Monday. He added:
“Simply watch what they do with their cash. Elon Musk and Tesla perceive that they’re going to be depending on bitcoin shifting ahead. It wouldn’t shock me if they’re truly shopping for extra bitcoin now at depressed costs or no less than plan to buy extra sooner or later.”
Pompliano added that Bitcoin stays the best-performing macro asset, an “apex predator” with vastly outperformed shares, bonds, actual property and commodities. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, whose cost firm Sq. added Bitcoin to its stability sheet to beat inflation fears, additionally famous on Friday that his workforce would “without end work” to make Bitcoin higher.
The feedback got here in distinction to Musk’s help for Dogecoin. Veteran investor Paul Santos wrote in his Searching for Alpha piece that the Tesla CEO may wish to earn a living out of skinny air by exploiting the so-called cryptocurrency euphoria.