Elon Musk and COVID-19 have one thing in widespread: They’ve each panicked buyers — at the least 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 need to go all in on Doge
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 16, 2021
At one time limit, 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 stored 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 affect in the marketplace 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 income of Bitcoin’s circulating provide through its proprietary metric.
The “BTC P.c Provide in Revenue (7d MA)” confirmed readings close to 81.122 as of London morning on Tuesday, its lowest stage since October 2020. The readings have been additionally weak throughout the March 2020 crash, whereby Bitcoin declined by greater than 50%.
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 showed a spike in BTC influx throughout all of the exchanges. Its scale was corresponding to the inflows seen throughout the March 2020 sell-off and the distribution by the PlusToken Ponzi scheme in 2019.
The next BTC influx signifies a better chance 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 knowledge, in the meantime, supplied two stark funding views between retail and establishments. In its weekly e-newsletter, the analytics platform broke down its statement based mostly on the influx/outflow knowledge 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 buyers world wide. In the meantime, Coinbase’s standing is increased 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 supplies additional indication that the current inflows are more likely to be pushed by each new market entrants (panic sellers) and doubtlessly resulting from 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 the majority BTC inflows went to Binance, including that it isn’t essentially a bearish sign.
“I’m going to attend till the influx sign cools off,” he added, nonetheless.
However, Coinbase has logged increased new Bitcoin outflows ever for the reason that cryptocurrency broke above the $20,000-price milestone final 12 months. The pattern continued even within the present week, exhibiting that institutional buyers have been absorbing the retail market’s promoting stress.
In different phrases, wealthy buyers bought Bitcoin at native lows as common ones offered them below the affect of Musk.
“Don’t take heed 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 will be depending on bitcoin shifting ahead. It wouldn’t shock me if they’re truly shopping for extra bitcoin now at depressed costs or at the least 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 steadiness sheet to beat inflation fears, additionally famous on Friday that his staff would “endlessly work” to make Bitcoin higher.
The feedback got here in distinction to Musk’s assist for Dogecoin. Veteran investor Paul Santos wrote in his In search of Alpha piece that the Tesla CEO may need to earn a living out of skinny air by exploiting the so-called cryptocurrency euphoria.