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Bitcoin Rebounds Post-FOMC Meeting; Sentiment and Hedge Fund Exposure Normalize

Crypto Market Compass – Week 19, 2024

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  • Bitcoin reverses sharply from oversold levels following the dovish FOMC meeting last week
  • Our in-house “Cryptoasset Sentiment Indicator” has rebounded sharply from very bearish levels and currently signals neutral sentiment again
  • Crypto hedge fund’s beta implies that crypto hedge funds have significantly increased their market exposure to Bitcoin from underweight to neutral levels over the past week
Bitcoin Rebounds Post-FOMC Meeting | Crypto Market Compass | ETC Group

Chart of the Week

Bitcoin_Price_vs_Hedge_Fund_Beta
Source: Glassnode, Bloomberg, NilssonHedge, ETC Group

Performance

Last week, cryptoassets rebounded from very oversold levels as macro sentiment and risk appetite improved following the latest FOMC meeting.

More specifically, the Fed has started tapering its Quantitative Tightening by announcing that the limit of US Treasury bond redemptions will be reduced from 60 bn USD per month to 25 bn USD per month starting in June. The market interpreted this announcement as a signal that the Fed is inching closer towards an eventual monetary policy easing cycle.

The reversal in overall risk appetite was further supported by weak US labour market data that were released last Friday. Non-farm payroll growth came in well below consensus expectations and the US unemployment rate remained at cycle highs. This increased the probability of looser monetary policy by the Fed which is bullish for cryptoassets.

As a result, Bitcoin rebounded sharply from very oversold levels in crypto sentiment. We had already indicated that further downside was limited due to the very bearish levels in the Cryptoasset Sentiment Index .

Since then, we saw a very sharp reversal in crypto hedge fund's beta that implies crypto hedge funds have on aggregate significantly increased their market exposure from underweight to neutral levels over the past week (Chart-of-the-Week). Besides, there was also a sharp increase in whale BTC balances over the past week as well.

All in all, this implies that institutional investors seem to have bought the recent dip in cryptoassets.

Meanwhile, overall ETP fund flows into cryptoassets still remained relatively weak over the past week. A bright spot were the new Hong Kong spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs that had a combined net inflow of around +224.1 mn USD last week. However, this was not enough to offset negative ETP flows in other jurisdictions, predominantly in the US.

Cross Asset Performance (Week-to-Date) Cross_Asset_Week_to_Date_Performance
Source: Bloomberg, Coinmarketcap; performances in USD exept Bund Future
Top 10 Cryptoasset Performance (Week-to-Date) Crypto_Top_10_Week_to_Date_Performance
Source: Coinmarketcap

In general, among the top 10 crypto assets, Avalanche, Toncoin, and Dogecoin were the relative outperformers.

However, overall altcoin outperformance vis-à-vis Bitcoin remained relatively low, with only around 45% of our tracked altcoins managing to outperform Bitcoin on a weekly basis.

Sentiment

Our in-house “Cryptoasset Sentiment Index” has rebounded sharply from very oversold levels. The index is currently signalling neutral sentiment again.

At the moment, 8 out of 15 indicators are above their short-term trend.

Last week, there were significant reversals to the upside crypto hedge fund's beta to Bitcoin and global crypto ETP fund flows.

The Crypto Fear & Greed Index signals "Greed" again as of this morning. It had shortly dropped to “Fear” levels last week.

Performance dispersion among cryptoassets has continued to decline amid the recent reversal in cryptoassets. Overall performance dispersion among cryptoassets remains relatively low.

Altcoin outperformance vis-à-vis Bitcoin was only moderate, with around 45% of our tracked altcoins that have outperformed Bitcoin on a weekly basis. At the same time, there was a slight underperformance of Ethereum vis-à-vis Bitcoin last week.

In general, increasing (decreasing) altcoin outperformance tends to be a sign of increasing (decreasing) risk appetite within cryptoasset markets.

Meanwhile, sentiment in traditional financial markets has not yet rebounded, judging by our own measure of Cross Asset Risk Appetite (CARA).

Fund Flows

Last week, we saw continued net outflows from global crypto ETPs with around -372.4 mn USD (week ending Friday) based on Bloomberg data.

A bright spot were the new Hong Kong spot Bitcoin and Ethereum ETFs that had a combined net inflow of around +224.1 mn USD last week according to data provided by Bloomberg. However, this was not enough to offset negative ETP flows in other jurisdictions, predominantly in the US.

Global Bitcoin ETPs continued to see net outflows of -409.1 mn USD of which -433.0 mn (net) were related to US spot Bitcoin ETFs alone. The newly issued Hong Kong spot Bitcoin ETFs were able to attract +156.2 mn USD in net inflows last week according to data provided by Bloomberg.

The ETC Group Physical Bitcoin ETP (BTCE) also saw net outflows equivalent to -15.2 mn USD last week.

The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) continued to experience net outflows of approximately -277.2 mn USD last week. That being said, last week Friday saw the very first daily net inflow into GBTC since its conversion to an ETF in January of around +63.0 mn USD which is a positive sign.

In contrast to Bitcoin ETPs, Global Ethereum ETPs saw a reversal in ETP flows last week, with net inflows of around +25.2 mn USD. This was mostly due to significant inflows into the newly issued Hong Kong spot Ethereum ETFs that were able to attract +67.9 mn USD last week, according to data provided by Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, the ETC Group Physical Ethereum ETP (ZETH) saw small net outflows (-0.9 mn USD). The ETC Group Ethereum Staking ETP (ET32) had neither share creations nor redemptions (+/- 0 mn USD) last week.

Besides, Altcoin ETPs ex Ethereum AuM's were mostly stable last week with only minor net inflows of around +0.9 mn USD.

Besides, Thematic & basket crypto ETPs also experienced some net inflows of +10.6 mn USD, based on our calculations. The ETC Group MSCI Digital Assets Select 20 ETP (DA20) did experience neither in- nor outflows last week (+/- 0 mn USD).

Besides, the beta of global crypto hedge funds to Bitcoin over the last 20 trading rebounded sharply to around 0.97. This implies that global crypto hedge funds have significantly increased their market exposure and have currently a neutral exposure to Bitcoin.

On-Chain Data

Bitcoin's on-chain data have continued to improve over the past week.

Short-term holders of bitcoin generally took losses as we declined below their costs basis at round 58k USD. So, there was a capitulation by short-term investors as the short-term holder spent output profit ratio (STH SOPR) reached the lowest level since March 2023. This tends to be a reliable signal for a short-term tactical bottom and also coincided with a generally very bearish sentiment.

Moreover, the increase in accumulation activity in Bitcoin that we had already observed the week prior has continued last week as well which put a floor below prices. What is more is that accumulation activity has even broadened to include larger wallet cohorts. Both very small and very large wallet cohorts currently seem to increase their wallet balances again judging by our own “average accumulation score”.

The average accumulation score aggregates individual accumulation scores across different wallet cohorts and shows the average balance growth across these different wallet cohorts.

The fact that larger wallet cohorts have started increasing their accumulation activity is also supported by the fact that wallets in excess of 100 BTC have significantly increased their purchases in the short term.

This is also corroborated by the fact that BTC whale net exchange flows have turned negative again over the past week with more outbound than inbound whale transfers from/to exchanges.

That being said, active addresses remain relatively weak and have declined towards year-to-date lows again. However, our own measure of overall Bitcoin network activity which includes active addresses, transaction count, UTXO count and block size remains near all-time highs.

Besides, Bitcoin's hash rate still remains near all-time highs as miners still remain relatively unaffected by the recent halving of the block subsidy. BTC miners transfers to exchanges remain very low and overall miner balances are currently still moving sideways implying no significant selling by miners.

Overall, capitulation by short-term holders as well as broadening accumulation activity are a positive signal.

Futures, Options & Perpetuals

Last week, futures open interest continued to move sideways in BTC-terms and perpetual BTC futures only experienced a slight increase in open interest.

Despite the most recent price correction last week there were no significant futures long liquidations either. That being said, the BTC perpetual funding rate turned negative last week on Thursday and Friday which indicates oversold positioning and which tends to be a reliable signal for a short-term tactical bottom as well.

The Bitcoin futures basis mostly went sideways last week. It declined to new cycle lows during the latest price correction before reversing to around 9.3% p.a. again.

Bitcoin options' open interest increased only slightly last week as BTC option traders seem to have increased their exposure to puts relative to calls. This was also evident in a short-term spike in relative put volumes.

Consistent with this observation, the 25-delta BTC 1-month option skew increased to levels last seen in January during the volatile US spot Bitcoin ETF trading launch.

Despite the dip to new lows in price, BTC option implied volatilities have only increased slightly. Implied volatilities of 1-month ATM Bitcoin options are currently at around 56.4% p.a., up from 54% p.a. the week prior.

Bottom Line

  • Bitcoin reverses sharply from oversold levels following the dovish FOMC meeting last week
  • Our in-house “Cryptoasset Sentiment Indicator” has rebounded sharply from very bearish levels and currently signals neutral sentiment again
  • Crypto hedge fund’s beta implies that crypto hedge funds have significantly increased their market exposure to Bitcoin from underweight to neutral levels over the past week

Appendix

Bitcoin Price vs Cryptoasset Sentiment Index Bitcoin_Price_vs_Crypto_Sentiment_Index
Source: Bloomberg, Coinmarketcap, Glassnode, NilssonHedge, alternative.me, ETC Group
Cryptoasset Sentiment Index Crypto_Sentiment_Index_Bar_Chart
Source: Bloomberg, Coinmarketcap, Glassnode, NilssonHedge, alternative.me, ETC Group; *multiplied by (-1)
Cryptoasset Sentiment Index Crypto_Market_Compass_Subcomponents
Source: Bloomberg, Coinmarketcap, Glassnode, NilssonHedge, alternative.me, ETC Group
TradFi Sentiment Indicators Crypto_Market_Compass_TradFi_Indicators
Source: Bloomberg, NilssonHedge, ETC Group
Crypto Sentiment Indicators Crypto_Market_Compass_Sentiment_Indicators
Source: Coinmarketcap, alternative.me, ETC Group
Crypto Options' Sentiment Indicators Crypto_Market_Compass_Option_Indicators
Source: Glassnode, ETC Group
Crypto Futures & Perpetuals' Sentiment Indicators Crypto_Market_Compass_Futures_Indicators
Source: Glassnode, ETC Group; *Cumulative daily absolute change in BTC OI multiplied by sign of BTC price change
Crypto On-Chain Indicators Crypto_Market_Compass_OnChain_Indicators
Source: Glassnode, ETC Group
Bitcoin vs Crypto Fear & Greed Index Bitcoin_Price_vs_Crypto_Fear_Greed
Source: alternative.me, Coinmarketcap, ETC Group
Bitcoin vs Global Crypto ETP Fund Flows BTC_vs_All_Crypto_ETP_Funds_Fund_Flows_Daily_long_PCT
Source: Bloomberg, ETC Group; Only ETPs & Grayscale Trusts
Global Crypto ETP Fund Flows All_Crypto_ETP_Funds_Fund_Flows_Daily_short
Source: Bloomberg, ETC Group; Only ETPs & Grayscale Trusts
US Spot Bitcoin ETF Fund Flows US_Spot_Bitcoin_ETF_Funds_Fund_Flows_Daily_since_launch
Source: Bloomberg, ETC Group; data subject to change
US Spot Bitcoin ETFs: Flows since launch US_Spot_Bitcoin_ETF_Fund_Flows_since_launch
Source: Bloomberg, Fund flows since traiding launch on 11/01/24; data subject to change
US Spot Bitcoin ETFs: 5-days flow US_Spot_Bitcoin_ETF_Fund_Flows_5d
Source: Bloomber; data subject to change
US Bitcoin ETFs: Net Fund Flows since 11th Jan mn USD US_Spot_Bitcoin_ETF_Table
Source: Bloomberg, ETC Group; data as of 03-05-2024
Bitcoin vs Crypto Hedge Fund Beta Bitcoin_Price_vs_Hedge_Fund_Beta
Source: Coinmarketcap, Bloomberg, NilssonHedge, ETC Group
Altseason Index Altseason_Index_short
Source: Coinmarketcap, ETC Group
Bitcoin vs Crypto Dispersion Index Crypto_Dispersion_vs_Bitcoin_short
Source: Coinmarketcap, ETC Group; Dispersion = (1 - Average Altcoin Correlation with Bitcoin)
BTC Net Exchange Volume by Size Bitcoin_Net_Exchange_Volume_by_Size
Source: Glassnode, ETC Group

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