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Despite the Recent Surge, Retail FOMO Absent From Bitcoin’s Current Bull Run

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No FOMO yet: Google Trends data shows that the worldwide bitcoin and buy bitcoin searches now are still far behind the yearly peaks.

Although the price of bitcoin has increased by more than 35% in the past two weeks or so, retail investors have yet to return to the scene. Google trends data shows that the number of queries on the search engine is still a long way away from the previous heights.

No Retail Hype Yet: Google Trends

On September 30th, BTC dropped below $41,000 for the third time that week. Now, less than two weeks later, BTC trades above $56,000 after marking a new five-month high at $57,000 earlier today.

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Such impressive price increases in relatively short time periods typically attract the masses. This doesn’t seem to be the case, now, at least according to data from Google Trends.

The number of “Bitcoin” queries on the world’s largest search engine is still relatively low and has barely increased since the start of October. It pales in comparison to the yearly highs reached in mid-May – shortly after BTC’s price had peaked above $65,000. Needless to say, it’s even further away from the all-time high in December 2017.

Worldwide Bitcoin Searches 5-Year Back. Source: Google Trends
Worldwide Bitcoin Searches 5-Year Back. Source: Google Trends

Furthermore, the global “buy bitcoin” searches have also stalled in the past several weeks, showing once again that retail investors’ appetite towards the cryptocurrency is still not present.ADVERTISEMENT

Worldwide Buy Bitcoin Searches 5-Year Back. Source: Google Trends
Worldwide Buy Bitcoin Searches 5-Year Back. Source: Google Trends

This data only reaffirms previous reports claiming that the recent price surge came because of institutional investors, instead of retail. It also goes to show the potential increases that could be hiding behind the corner once smaller investors get back to the scene.

Greed Has Come Around

While the hype around BTC has not caught the attention of retail investors yet, the general feelings towards the asset have gone into a “greed” territory after a several-week hiatus. This shows the popular Bitcoin Fear and Greed Index, which outlines the overall sentiment based on surveys, volume, social media engagements, and more.

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The metric also tends to move with BTC’s price. For example, it had dropped into a state of “fear” and even “extreme fear” in September during the aforementioned sub-$41,000 drop.

The last time it had reached “greed” levels above 71 was in early September, when the asset traded above $50,000. It’s worth noting that going into any of the two extreme ends – fear or greed – is typically followed by a price adjustment in the opposite direction. Nevertheless, the Index still has some room left before it sees “extreme greed” now.

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Bitcoin Fear and Greed Index. Source: Alternative.me
Bitcoin Fear and Greed Index. Source: Alternative.me

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Terra, Cardano Price Analysis ‒ 2 December Morning Prediction

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  • Major coin prices recede after a global market cap efflux of 1.78%.
  • Bitcoin prices fall below $57K after a 1.45% value drop.
  • Ethereum suffers a blow of 4.00% in the last 24-hours.
  • Crypto favorites Terra (LUNA) and Cardano (ADA) see gains of 12.13% and 8.06%, respectively.

After witnessing a blow of 1.78% value drop, the global market cap has suffered a $0.06T loss after a recent efflux. The trading volume has dropped by 6.46% and is on a losing streak as the global market cap drops.

The decreasing market cap is due to the small but not unnoticeable; price drops among the various cryptocurrencies that sit among the top ten. Seeing slightly bearish runs and displaying red charts, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Binance have recorded sudden value drops.

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Is Apple Planning For Bitcoin Payments! Will BTC Network Volume Eclipse Visa And Mastercard Payments?

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In an acute inflationary atmosphere, numerous cryptocurrency projects seem to be more appealing to investors. Possible threats of US inflation and the prevailing pandemic situation prompt investors to espouse Bitcoin payments. On the other hand, the network has been thriving hard to outstrip the network volumes of Visa and Mastercard. 

The global crypto market cap raised its bar to the new highs on, as investors gush into Bitcoin investments as Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell made remarks on tapering of monthly bond purchases to occur a couple of weeks before than expected. This move would further result in a hike in the interest rates, resulting in hyperinflation. 

Apple to Adopt Bitcoin Payments?

The reputed tech firms might lookout for investment opportunities that would help manage their purchasing power. Notably, top companies with significant cash reserves such as Apple ($191 billion), Google ($168 billion), Microsoft ($137 billion), Amazon ($86 billion), Facebook ($86 billion), and Oracle ($39 billion) might shift their gears to Crypto investments. Moreover, crypto market insight platform Bitcoin Archive is been optimistic about Apple’s adoption of Bitcoin payments. 

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However, crypto analyst Venturefounds recently made remarks on loss of purchasing power by $102 billion in retaliation of record break inflation rate in the US. Hence, possibilities are quite high that top-tier tech firms would soon roll out a red carpet to the Bitcoin payment adoption. 

On the other hand, the Report of Blockdata confirms Bitcoin’s progressive move against PayPalVisa, and Mastercard payments. Bitcoin network acclaimed an evaluated average of $489 billion per quarter in 2021. Besides Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal payments have recorded network volume worth $3.2 trillion, $1.8 trillion, and $302 billion respectively. However, the platform has been optimistic about the massive growth of Bitcoin’s payment network. 

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Collectively, investors all across the globe appear to be FOMO-ing Bitcoin. Hence, the flagship asset and other revolutionary cryptocurrency projects would experience sustainable growth in the near future. Especially, the platform has dragged more than 60 to 70% of investments during uncertainties such as pandemic and global financial crises.  

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Bitcoin tests traders’ nerves as analyst reissues $400K BTC price forecast

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Bitcoin (BTC) was on repeat on Dec. 2 as markets watched another attack on $60,000 end in defeat.

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BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

“Nothing has changed”

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD back at $57,000 Thursday, having come full circle in 24 hours.

The pair had briefly hit $59,000 into the Wall Street open the day prior, this failing to hold as another round of macro triggers skewed sentiment to the downside once more.

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Bitcoin thus fell in line with stocks reacting, it seemed, to continued concern over the new coronavirus omicron variant. The S&P 500 ended the day down 1.2%.

With a sense of frustration pervading crypto markets, analysts took the opportunity to reassert a longer-range perspective.

“It’s very simple. Below $60K I’ve remained cautious/bearish as I’d like to see that area flip,” Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe summarized.

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“Levels to watch for buys; $53K-54K zone and $47-50K zones for Bitcoin. When to buy altcoins? December. Nothing has changed past weeks.”

Those buy target lows were accompanied by renewed predictions for this cycle’s bullish peak, which, as in April this year, place BTC/USD at up to $400,000.

Fellow analyst TechDev, eyeing Fibonacci levels on the two-week chart, also described Thursday as “another day to zoom out.”

Open interest stays near all-time highs

On exchanges, open interest, meanwhile, remained a source of concern due to its sheer volume relative to price action.

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Data from on-chain analytics firm Glassnode showed open interest on Bitcoin futures recently matching its second-highest levels in history, nearing its April record.

“At some point, this open interest is going to get flushed out one direction or the other,” analyst William Clemente commented.

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Bitcoin futures open interest 7-day moving average chart. Source: William Clemente/Twitter

With cyclical price action characterizing the week, the mood thus stayed favoring an ultimate exit up or down, with derivatives structures being “reset” as a result.

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Funding rates were mostly neutral across exchanges Thursday.

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