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Crypto Fear & Greed Index Hits Lowest Level Since January 2023

ByDayne Lee

Jul 10, 2024

Crypto Fear & Greed Index Hits Lowest Level Since January 2023

The Crypto Fear & Greed Index, a metric that tracks relative market sentiment, has plummeted to its lowest levels since January 2023, reaching 27 on July 9, according to data from Glassnode.

For context, January 2023 was a mere two months after the collapse of the crypto exchange FTX. At the beginning of that month, the Crypto Fear & Greed Index stood at 26, with Bitcoin (BTC) trading around $16,500. However, by the end of January, Bitcoin experienced a price rally, reaching approximately $22,000, as shown by TradingView data.

Current Market Panic

The current market panic is largely fueled by two significant events: the German government’s offloading of its BTC holdings and the commencement of Mt. Gox repayments to creditors. These factors have driven the price of BTC down from around $63,000 at the end of June to lows of approximately $53,570 on July 5.

German Government BTC Sell-Off

The German government has been offloading tens of thousands of Bitcoin in multiple tranches. The latest update reveals that it shifted an additional $276 million in Bitcoin to its selling wallet. Data from Arkham Intelligence indicates that the German government still holds around 22,800 BTC.

Simultaneously, Mt. Gox has begun reimbursing creditors with roughly $9 billion, of which $8.2 billion is in Bitcoin. This repayment process is likely to result in significant selling pressure, as creditors may sell their received BTC, further exacerbating fears of a potential Bitcoin price crash.

Counterbalancing Factors

Despite the increased selling pressures from institutions, some metrics indicate a more balanced outlook for Bitcoin’s market dynamics.

The Bitcoin Exchange Reserve, or the amount of Bitcoin held on exchanges, has steadily declined since 2021 and is currently at a multi-year low. This decline acts as a counterbalance to the selling pressure from institutions.

The Miner Supply Ratio and the Miners Position Index suggest that miner reserves have been exhausted, indicating that selling pressure from miners should be minimized at this point.

Despite the negative market sentiment, fund investors have reacted to Bitcoin’s recent price decline by buying the dip. This has resulted in the strongest weekly performance for Bitcoin funds in over a month, highlighting investor confidence in Bitcoin’s long-term potential.

Crypto Fear & Greed IndexDropped to 27 on July 9, lowest since January 2023
Bitcoin Price (January 2023)Started at $16,500, ended at $22,000
Bitcoin Price (July 2024)Dropped from $63,000 at end of June to $53,570 on July 5
German Government Sell-OffShifted an additional $276 million in Bitcoin, currently holds around 22,800 BTC
Mt. Gox RepaymentsBegan reimbursing $9 billion to creditors, including $8.2 billion in Bitcoin
Bitcoin Exchange ReserveAt a multi-year low, indicating reduced selling pressure
Miner Supply Ratio/IndexIndicates exhausted miner reserves, minimal selling pressure expected
Investor ReactionStrongest weekly performance for Bitcoin funds in over a month, indicating buying the dip

The confluence of institutional sell-offs and declining exchange reserves presents a complex picture for Bitcoin’s immediate future. While the selling pressure from entities like the German government and Mt. Gox creditors is significant, the overall market sentiment among investors remains cautiously optimistic.

Potential for Recovery

  • Investor Confidence: The strong performance of Bitcoin funds suggests that many investors are taking advantage of the lower prices, buying into Bitcoin’s long-term potential.
  • Reduced Selling Pressure: With miner reserves exhausted and exchange reserves at multi-year lows, the overall selling pressure may be limited, providing a foundation for potential price stabilization.

Risks to Consider

  • Continued Sell-Offs: Should the German government or other large holders continue to offload significant amounts of Bitcoin, the market could experience further volatility.
  • Market Sentiment: The Crypto Fear & Greed Index reflects a high level of fear, which could lead to continued cautious behavior among investors.

The drop in the Crypto Fear & Greed Index to its lowest levels since January 2023 highlights the current market anxiety driven by significant institutional sell-offs and repayment processes. However, counterbalancing factors such as reduced exchange reserves and minimal miner selling pressure, combined with investor confidence in buying the dip, suggest a potential for market recovery. As the market navigates these dynamics, the long-term outlook for Bitcoin remains a topic of active discussion and analysis.

Featured image credit: Rubaitul Azad via Unsplash

Dayne Lee

With a foundation in financial day trading, I transitioned to my current role as an editor, where I prioritize accuracy and reader engagement in our content. I excel in collaborating with writers to ensure top-quality news coverage. This shift from finance to journalism has been both challenging and rewarding, driving my commitment to editorial excellence.

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