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Bitcoin Investors Extremely Fearful Amidst Bloodbath; Factors to Consider

Avatar Cole Petersen 4 weeks ago

The global markets have entered a full-fledged meltdown, with the major US stock indices all collapsing as Bitcoin (BTC) enters a firm downtrend that has so far led it to plummet into the $7,000 region.

This global bearishness comes close on the heels of a bullish start to 2020, but the rapid spread of the lethal Coronavirus has struck fear into the hearts of investors, leading them to flee so-called “risk-on” assets.

For Bitcoin, its status as a risk-on asset is seen while looking at investors’ sentiment, which has reached “extreme fear” levels.

Bitcoin Plummets Over 10% as Bullish Market Structure Quickly Degrades

At the time of writing, Bitcoin is trading down over 10% at its current price of $7,800, which marks a notable decline from daily highs of $8,800.

This ongoing selloff has marked an extension of that which was first incurred a couple weeks ago when BTC plummeted below $10,000, with the break below the support that had been established here being a dire sign of what was to come next.

It now appears that the benchmark cryptocurrency has found some strong support at $7,700, as buyers have so far been able to post a strong defense of this level.

Cred, a popular cryptocurrency analyst on Twitter, explained in a recent tweet that he hasn’t seen selling pressure this aggressive in a while, although he further notes that the mid-$7,000 region does provide Bitcoin with some meaningful high-time-frame support.

“BTC: Sellers have been very aggressive. Haven’t seen so many clips of mkt orders unloaded like that in some time. Price at first meaningful HTF support (mid-$7000s weekly & monthly). HTF = can be patient. NOT buying first dip, will allow LTF structure (D1) to form first,” he noted.

Investors Grow “Extremely Fearful” – is This a Bullish Sign? 

Mr. Anderson, another well-respected cryptocurrency trader on Twitter, explained in a recent tweet that Bitcoin investors’ extreme fear is warranted at the moment, but that it will ultimately be capitalized on by more savvy investors.

“BTC Fear & Greed. Extreme Fear is warranted for now. But, will eventually be capitalized on. Typically, the only way out of these scenarios is to bounce out. They push until pushed back. The novice should stay on the sidelines. Pros should enjoy the volatility. Expect turbulence,” he explained.

Although sentiment can often be viewed as a counter indicator, in the near-term it is highly possible that Bitcoin will see further downside. Eventually, however, this will cause sellers to grow over-confident and over-leveraged, opening the gates for a short-squeeze and potential reversal.

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Cole Petersen

Cole is a cryptocurrency analyst based in Los Angeles. He studied at the University of California Irvine and has covered bitcoin and the crypto markets since 2017.

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