Bitcoin’s on-chain metrics might offer price peak foresight
Bitcoin’s recent rally, although small and aberrant, was reminiscent of April 2019’s rally aka the April fool’s rally. Hence, looking at Bitcoin’s on-chain metrics might provide an insight into what transpired before the price peaked.
The recent rally caused Bitcoin to surge by a considerable amount [20% in 4 days] after a week into the new year. However, the rally was ephemeral and has already started retracing. At press time, BTC was priced at $7,900, just above a semi-major resistance at $7,800.
Bitcoin’s On-Chain Metrics
Token Analyst’s Jai Prasad recently put out a tweet thread showing an interesting correlation between Bitcoin’s price peak following on-chain metrics’ peak.
The first metric was the on-chain transaction count which peaked at 450K on 2 May 2019, a time when the price of BTC was just $5,462.44. Following it was the total fees paid by all the transactions, a figure which peaked at 228BTC on 16 May 2019, when Bitcoin was priced at $7,987.81. The same was witnessed for active senders [~700K] on 14 June 2019, a time when BTC was priced in at $8,351.08. BTC’s on-chain volume also hit a peak of $2.36 million BTC on 18 June. A few weeks after the aforementioned metrics peaked, the price of Bitcoin hit a yearly high of $13,880.
Bitcoin’s Moving Parts
Although the following correlation was seen for the year 2019, it is not 100% certain that the same conditions might follow the price peak. There are a lot of moving parts for BTC; especially due to the fast-approaching halving.
It has only been 9 days into the new year and Bitcoin still has a long way to go. Keeping a closer eye on Bitcoin’s on-chain metrics might help catch this year’s rally; especially due to the narrative revolving around Bitcoin halving, something that makes the price of BTC surge.
As of 9 January 2020, according to glassnode, the total number of BTC held on exchanges was recorded at a staggering 2.15 million BTC. This suggests that about 11.84% of total BTC in circulation are being held on exchanges. Despite the many hacks that have caused losses of millions in funds, the amount held on exchanges keeps rising.