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Bitcoin’s realized volatility hits 2017 levels as market remains wary



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With Bitcoin’s gains in 2020 getting wiped out by recurring price dips, volatility has seeped into the market, with the same reporting new records. According to data provider Skew markets, the BTCUSD realized volatility has climbed up again, touching levels last seen back in 2017.

Source: Skew

Source: Skew

The term Realized Volatility refers to the historical volatility in the Bitcoin market. According to the attached chart, BTC volatility had climbed to 313% on 15 March, largely owing to violent price actions in Bitcoin’s spot price. In fact, the price of the world’s largest digital asset has dipped by 45% in the past 10 days, contributing to the volatility spiking to a level unseen in 3 years.

Source: Skew

Source: Skew

The realized volatility for the past 1-month and 3-months had jumped above 100% on 13 March, a day when Bitcoin‘s price fell by ~40%. The realized volatility of Bitcoin in the last 1 month has been 187%, while the volatility over the past three months has been 117%. The 1-year realized volatility of the coin remained under 100 percent, at 87%.

Unlike realized volatility, however, implied volatility refers to the market’s assessment of future volatility. Bitcoin’s implied volatility has also been spiking over the past few days. According to Skew, the ATM implied volatility for the period of one month stood at 184%, while that for 3-month and 6-month was recorded to be 141% and 123%, respectively.

Source: Skew

Source: Skew

Further, the chart attached above indicated a sharp rise in implied volatility on 15 and 16 March. According to the data provider, the majority of Bitcoin Options contracts traded on Deribit had a strike price of $4k, which was way below the trading price of Bitcoin at press time, which was $5279.

In fact, the ‘Fear and Greed’ index continued to highlight an extremely fearful market, which along with the volatility in the market, pointed at the strong bearish sentiment in the Bitcoin ecosystem.

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Namrata is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto covering the US and Indian market. A graduate in Mass communication, while majoring in Journalism, she writes mainly about regulations and its impact with a focus on technological advancements in the crypto space.