Bitcoin bulls should brace for a bearish impact as three of the leading on-chain indicators unanimously warn about potential sell-offs in the spot market ahead.
CryptoQuant, a South Korea-based blockchain analysis firm, highlighted the latest readings on their proprietary metrics, one of which studies large BTC outflows from miners’ wallets and the other over-the-counter BTC purchases by institutional investors. The third metric keeps a tab of stablecoin deposits across all the cryptocurrency exchanges.
Bitcoin corrects lower after hitting a record high near $42,000. Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com
The Bearish Trio, Explained
All the said indicators pointed to a brewing bearish bias in the Bitcoin market. For instance, the CryptoQuant’s Bitcoin Miners’ Position Index reached an eight-year high on Tuesday, underscoring that more and more bitcoin producers are moving their rewards to other wallets—probably selling them ever since the BTC/USD exchange rate reached near $42,000.
“This is one of the reasons why I keep my bearish bias,” said Ki-Young Ju, the founder of CryptoQuant.
Bitcoin Miners' Position Index. Source: CryptoQuant
Bitcoin miners hold some of the biggest fresh BTC supply portions before dispatching them to retail markets per demand. When they limit the BTC supply against higher demands, it tends to push the cryptocurrency’s price higher. Similarly, increasing the supply against demand lowers the BTC/USD exchange rate.
And the demand for Bitcoin is dropping in the short-term, shows the other two indicators put forth by CryptoQuant. First, the Coinbase Premium, a crypto cold storage custody service offered by US exchange Coinbase Pro, is turning out lower Bitcoin deposits. That shows a decline in institutional demand.