The Three Ts: Twilight of the traders, buy the headlines and the fight for $30k BTC
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It’s no secret that crypto has been built on the back of speculation. The fact is often thrown around as an argument against cryptocurrency, but if feverish speculators hadn’t taken up the cause there’s every chance crypto wouldn’t have had the chance to develop into the transformative technology it has become.
But there’s a limit to how far mere speculation can take you. Just ask the founders of pets.com. And for crypto, a culture built around longing s..tcoins, chasing 100x-ers and going all-in on dog-themed memecoins might finally be reaching its limit.
Adding onto 22' thesis this with new and relevant objective data point. Why are monthly users on exchanges not peaking? Why are volumes down? And why are institutions having new (record outflows) as opposed to inflows? If both money + people are leaving but supply is increasing? https://t.co/1VNoQTp3Sq pic.twitter.com/udi6F1t0tR
— Pentoshi 🟠 (@Pentosh1) January 11, 2022
To be sure, crypto trading isn’t going anywhere. It’s tremendously lucrative for the purveyors and millions of people (mostly young men) engage in it every day.
But we are perhaps witnessing the end of trading as a driver of market growth. While the waning of the pandemic has undeniably been bad news for activities that depend on being alone in your bedroom and having access to cheap money, there may also be an upper limit on the number of people that want to go HAM in the crypto casino.
The word 'pvp' is thrown around a lot and I agree with it- we're trading $ with each other and ourselves. Feels very much like 2018 or 2019 with alt charts rn, there's not any fresh liquidity pumping in and noobs 'buying our bags'.
— Altcoin Sherpa (@AltcoinSherpa) February 20, 2022
It’s still too early to know if this is The Big One, the crypto correction that finally sends all the imitators, knock-offs, con jobs, meme-meme-meme-coins and half-assers to zero. But one thing’s for sure: if crypto is to grow from 15% of the population to 50% or more, it’s going to have to offer the world something more than 150x leverage.
Speaking of, can I interest you in this $5000 picture of a pixelated creature with a penis for a butt?
Chartists will often tell you that the worst thing you can do as a trader is look at the news. Markets rarely react how you expect to a given headline and a focus on real world events can cause you to doubt what the chart is trying to tell you.
However, when you find yourself in a powerfully trending market like the one we’ve been grappling with since November, a focus on the news can save you a lot of money.
This is because trending markets occur when strong narratives take root. And right now, the narrative is simple: soaring inflation = higher interest rates = less cheap money = bad times for speculative assets. (Oh and let’s add a new Cold War into the mix, shall we?)
Twitter traders will post endlessly about RSI resets, bullish divergences, must-hold fib levels, OBV reversals, etc, etc, etc. But until the story changes, any positive results you might gain from trading these indicators will likely be short-lived.
Indicators give off false signals in ranging and bear markets when comparing them to a raging bull market. All about knowing what type of environment you’re trading in.
For example, EMA’s work great in a clear uptrend/downtrend but are all but useless in a range.
— Altcoin Pepe (@AltcoinPepe) February 12, 2022
Trading the narrative (or, let’s say, vibes) might not help you pick the pico-bottom, but it sure could help you keep hold of the profits you made from the 20/21 bullstravaganza.
Well, that reversal was short-lived. The most recent rejection from US$45k left us with a shooting star candle on the weekly, kicking off what has become a seemingly inexorable descent.
According to Tom from FX Evolution, the next stop looks like US$30k, where we can expect the real battle between the bulls and bears to kick off. In the meantime, watch out for the downside crossing of the 20 and 50 EMA lines, something that hasn’t occurred since the black swan of March 2020.
Crypto’s pain is also being shared by the tech-heavy Nasdaq, home of the speculative growth stocks. With correlations between the two nearing all-time highs, the Nasdaq’s continued downward momentum may suggest further weakness as US$30k approaches.
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