Earlier this week, the price of Bitcoin crashed from above $10,000 to a low of just over $7,900. The abrupt drop seems to have caused an abrupt shift in the sentiment surrounding the industry.
With the much-anticipated Bakkt platform’s launch coinciding with the start of the downtrend, many optimistic for the ICE-owned venture’s impact on the market have been left scratching their heads. Although not providing reasons for the selloff, on-chain data suggests that much of the downside pressure was from short-term Bitcoin holders.
Long-Term Bitcoin Holders Unmoved by Swings
According to data provided by GlassNode Studio, the recent selloff in the Bitcoin market has been caused by short-term holders of the cryptocurrency. The firm’s researchers have reached these conclusions by looking at two on-chain metrics.
The first is Average Spent Output Lifespan. This measures the average age in days of spent transaction outputs on the Bitcoin blockchain. Currently, the average age of a spent transaction outputs is between 36 and 37. This is reasonably low compared to much of Bitcoin’s history, meaning that more satoshis are spending less time in the same place (i.e. few long-term holders are hitting the market).
The average age of moved coins is between 20-30 days & CDD hasn’t deviated significantly.
— glassnode (@glassnode) September 27, 2019
The second metric identified by GlassNode Studios is called Coin Days Destroyed. This provides the number of days each coin has stayed unmoved at the time a transaction is executed. If an individual transacted 5 BTC that had been in the same wallet for exactly one year, that transaction would represent 1,825 coin days destroyed.
Again, this metric shows that there is more activity from newly moved coins than there is from…