On-chain data shows the amount of Bitcoin supply in loss has now risen to the highest value since the COVID-19 crash.
Bitcoin Supply In Loss Now Measures Around 7.6M BTC
As pointed out by an analyst in a CryptoQuant post, the BTC supply in loss hasn’t shown such high values since the first half of 2020.
The “BTC supply in loss” is an indicator that measures the total amount of Bitcoin that’s currently being held at a loss.
The metric works by checking the on-chain history of each coin to see what price it was last moved at. If this earlier price was greater than the current value, then the coin is counted as being in loss.
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When the value of this metric goes up, it means more investors are coming into the red. High values are usually observed following crashes in the price of the crypto.
On the other hand, a downtrend in the indicator would suggest more of the Bitcoin supply is coming into the green.
Now, here is a chart that shows the trend in the BTC supply in loss over the past few years:
Looks like the value of the indicator has risen recently | Source: CryptoQuant
As you can see in the above graph, the Bitcoin supply in loss has observed an uplift in recent weeks. The metric’s value is now around 7.6 million BTC.
Such a high value hasn’t been seen since the first half of 2020, where the COVID-19 crash rapidly sent supply into loss.
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Usually, as coins get more into the red, investors become more likely to capitulate in order to cut off their losses and exit the market.
It remains to be seen how holders react to such a large portion of the supply being in loss this time as it has been a while since the market last observed such a trend.
At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s price floats around $39.6k, down 6% in the last seven days. Over the past month, the crypto has lost 15% in value.
The below chart shows the trend in the price of the coin over the last five days.
The price of BTC seems to be slowly rebounding back from the plunge a couple of days back | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView
Bitcoin showed a brief sign of upwards momentum a few days back, but it wasn’t long until the coin dropped back to the below $40k levels.
At the moment, it’s unclear when the crypto may see any real recovery and escape this seemingly endless consolidation.
Featured image from Unsplash.com, charts from TradingView.com, CryptoQuant.com