The hopeful optimism of Bitcoin (BTC) traders seemed to dissipate in the first week of March as key on-chain metrics provided resistance.
Now Bitcoin price is threatening a retest of the $22,000 level and a wave of short sellers would stand to profit if that occurred. If the short sellers’ strike price hit, some analysts believe Bitcoin price could drop as low as $19,000.
A handful of analysts still project BTC price to hit $25,000 in the short-term, on-chain data highlighting a few reasons for price resistance at higher levels.
Realized price metric highlights profit-taking
Market participants’ concern over the Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes and high inflation are heavy macro headwinds facing Bitcoin price and this has investors weighing the time value of money of BTC investments. To measure TVM on-chain, Bitcoin holders can be put into groups based on the amount of time they held BTC and average the acquisition cost.
Investors that purchased BTC within the last 6-months benefited from the early bear market conditions and have an average realized price of $21,000, which places them in profit. The average market realized price across all BTC holders is $19,800, also currently in profit.
Conversely, BTC held for over 6 months has a higher realized price than the rest of the market groups at $23,500. When Bitcoin reaches above $23,500, the holders that have seen little TVM return for over 6-months potentially put pressure on a breakout as they get antsy to lock in profits.
Liquidity inflows increase but pale in comparision to 2022
Bitcoin price is highly reactive to interest rates and the U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) which puts a strain on risk assets. The negative impact of these factors is great for short sellers butbad for Bitcoin price. The best way for the Bitcoin price to withstand short-seller pressure is for new long liquidity and spot buyers to enter the market.
Analyzing exchange net flows is a good way to measure new liquidity and currently this metric reflects a 34% uptick since the start of 2023, but it lags behind the yearly daily average of $1.6 billion.
Currently, the general consensus among analysts is that the ability to onboard new liquidity into the crypto market has been hindered by a crackdown on banks that support crypto-oriented businesses.
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