Bitcoin and cryptocurrency markets are slowing down. There has been very little activity over the past week as volumes and volatility decline. Technical indicators are also lining up which could indicate a larger move is imminent or is BTC on vacation for the rest of the year?
BITCOIN SLOWING DOWN
This may not be such a bad thing. One of the points bitcoin detractors always make is that it is too volatile to be used as a daily currency. This much is true if a cup of coffee is going to be 20% cheaper ten minutes later you’re not going to buy one in BTC right now.
Over the past year or so these massive price swings have decreased in amplitude and it appears that bitcoin has entered a low volatility regime.
Day traders seeking quick bucks have had to take a break as movements are minimal at the moment. Over the past few days, BTC has only oscillated $150 or so in its sideways channel. This is good for price stability but not good for those seeking quick returns.
This type of action often preludes a bigger move and technical indicators such as Bollinger bands squeezing are also indicative of such.
This slowing of momentum has happened across the board, not just on bitcoin markets. Ethereum volatility is also at low ebb, falling to levels not experienced since 2016 as noted by Coin Metrics.
It could just be that time of year when traders take a break and FOMO is as thin as the first fall of winter snow. If this is the case then markets will remain flaccid until sometime next month.