Elon Musk and COVID-19 have one thing in frequent: They’ve each panicked buyers — at least as soon as — into dumping their Bitcoin (BTC) holdings.
The similarities notched up greater 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 prime 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 need to go all in on Doge
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) Could 16, 2021
At one cut-off date, Musk virtually 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) Could 17, 2021
But 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 almost $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 displaying that its influence available on the market bias was as unhealthy 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 by way of its proprietary metric.
The “BTC Percent Supply in Profit (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 throughout the March 2020 crash, whereby Bitcoin declined by greater than 50%.
Proportion of circulating provide in revenue on a 7-day common timeframe. Supply: Glassnode
Extra on-chain indicators level out related readings between the present, Musk-led Bitcoin value crash and the one which appeared amid the coronavirus panic in March 2020.
As an illustration, the Bitcoin switch quantity tracker at Glassnode confirmed a spike in BTC influx throughout all of the exchanges. Its scale was comparable to the inflows seen throughout the March 2020 sell-off and the distribution by the PlusToken Ponzi scheme in 2019.
Bitcoin Web Switch Quantity from/to crypto exchanges. Supply: Glassnode
A better BTC influx signifies the next chance of merchants promoting these tokens for different property, together with fiat and altcoins. Conversely, the next outflow exhibits merchants’ willingness to maintain 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 remark primarily based 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 pulls principally retail merchants and buyers all over the world. In the meantime, Coinbase’s standing is greater amongst U.S.-based institutional buyers. Glassnode famous that Binance was the largest receiver of the Bitcoin inflows throughout the Musk-led market crash.
“This provides further indication that the recent inflows are likely to be driven by both new market entrants (panic sellers) and potentially due to capital rotation into other crypto-assets,” wrote Glassnode in a weekly word.
Ki Younger Ju, CEO of CryptoQuant — a South Korea-based blockchain analytics platform — additionally famous that almost all BTC inflows went to Binance, including that it isn’t essentially a bearish sign.
“I’m going to wait until the inflow signal cools off,” he added, nonetheless.
Bitcoin Web Switch Volumes from/to Binance. Supply: Glassnode
However, Coinbase has logged greater 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, displaying that institutional buyers had been absorbing the retail market’s promoting stress.
Bitcoin steadiness on all exchanges vs. Coinbase vs. Binance. Supply: Bybt.com
In different phrases, wealthy buyers bought Bitcoin at native lows as common ones offered them underneath the affect of Musk.
“Don’t listen to what they say,” mentioned early-stage investor Anthony Pompliano in his word to purchasers on Monday. He added:
“Just watch what they do with their money. Elon Musk and Tesla understand that they are going to be dependent on bitcoin moving forward. It wouldn’t surprise me if they are actually buying more bitcoin now at depressed prices or at least plan to purchase more in the future.”
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 steadiness sheet to beat inflation fears, additionally famous on Friday that his group would “forever work” to make Bitcoin higher.
The feedback got here in distinction to Musk’s help for Dogecoin. Veteran investor Paul Santos wrote in his In search of Alpha piece that the Tesla CEO may need to generate income out of skinny air by exploiting the so-called cryptocurrency euphoria.