Vibe Check: The Sell-Off Continues: CoinDesk Indices' Todd Groth

The sell-off continues.

Bitcoin Trend Indicator (Jan 16: changed to light green. Jan 18: changed to yellow)

Vibe Check: The Sell-Off Continues: CoinDesk Indices' Todd Groth

Since we turned neutral on the Bitcoin Trend Indicator (from significant uptrend, onJan. 18), and front-end US interest rates have risen 5bps, we’ve fallen lower about4.5% lower to 39.5k, and lie back in the middle of the bitcoin (BTC) price trend channel established at the crypto winter bottom in Dec 2022.

The Bitcoin Trend Indicator or BTI is an online tool, created by CoinDesk subsidiary CoinDesk Indices, to help investors determine where the price of bitcoin (BTC) is going. The tool generates one of five possible values, each representing a particular direction and strength of bitcoin’s price trend, ranging from significant downtrend to significant uptrend. The indicators are generated via historical data from the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (XBX), using a non-discretionary algorithm.

Vibe Check: The Sell-Off Continues: CoinDesk Indices' Todd Groth

Down about 20% since the spot ETF launch peak suggests the market expected greater short term ETF inflows (over $1 billion net inflows over past seven days; H/T @EricBalchunas) and highlights why position sizing is so key in this emergent and volatile asset class we love so much. Sorry, recent TradFi joiners.

CoinDesk 20 Index, a benchmark that tracks top cryptocurrencies, saw its trading volumes growing. One week into the launch of CoinDesk 20 Index, we’ve seen significant daily traded volume on linked perpetual futures linked to crypto’s first multi-token tradable index (currently $44 million 24-hr volume).

Vibe Check: The Sell-Off Continues: CoinDesk Indices' Todd Groth

While the CoinDesk 20 Index has been dragged lower with the broader market over the past week, over the past 3 months (i.e. since the Bitcoin Trend Indicator turned green) we’ve seen CoinDesk 20 significantly outperform bitcoin and ether by 1500 bps and 1200 bps, respectively.

Vibe Check: The Sell-Off Continues: CoinDesk Indices' Todd Groth

This outperformance has been primarily driven by the CoinDesk 20 Index’s tilt towards smaller altcoins, notably Solana (SOL), Avalanche (AVAX) and Cardano (ADA), which all punched above their index weight relative to the established (BTC) and (ETH) majors.

Need more color on what’s happening in the markets? Check out these stories:

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2024-01-24 23:46