Bitcoin inches towards $58k, new retail investors have yet to join the ‘party’

Bitcoin inches towards $58k, new retail investors have yet to join the 'party'
Updated: 18 Nov, 2021
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As Bitcoin (BTC) draws closer to the $58,000 mark on October 12, 2021, it appears that new retail investors have yet to come into the fold.

Indeed, new retail investors have not yet gotten involved in Bitcoin’s recent price surge, as shown by a lack of interest in the cryptocurrency on Google Trends, despite the fact that newcomers mostly use Google to make their initial foray into cryptocurrency trading.

For example, global interest in the term ‘Buy Bitcoin‘ reached a popularity score of 10 out of 100 in interest over time, according to data from the Google Trends platform for the week ending October 9, 2021.

Google Trends data as of October 12, 2021.

As a consequence, the current Bitcoin price rise may be the result of institutional purchases or the actions of highly active individuals who have had cryptocurrency accounts for an extended length of time.

Bitcoin Holders

In addition to the latest Google Trends interest, our previous report also revealed that long-term Bitcoin holders refuse to sell as ‘HODLing behavior’ increases.

Elsewhere, data from on-chain analytics company Glassnode revealed that investors with Bitcoin holdings older than one year are adamant about not selling their assets. 

Following a period of modest exchange inflows, the reduction in liquid coin supply (as a result of increasing HODLing behavior) has persisted, demonstrating that the conviction to hold Bitcoin continues to be a major driver in the market.

In fact, Glassnode revealed at the time that long-term holders own 79.5% of all BTC supply, with 12.97 million coins.

Bitcoin: Total supply held by long-term holders. Source: glassnode

Long-term holder net accumulation

It’s worth mentioning that there is net accumulation taking place before the market turns bearish for long-term holders, as revealed by Glassnode’s latest statistics. Hence, observers will notice that a reversal immediately follows almost every market peak in the downward trend of long-term holder supply. 

Bitcoin: Total supply long-term holder supply. Source: glassnode

Consequently, indicating that long-term holders are consistently net positive and begin re-accumulation shortly after each macro market peak. This includes coins bought during the bull market’s later phases, and it’s a good sign that the overall macro environment is shifting.

Bitcoin price

In the wake of a rather stable weekend, the price of Bitcoin increased on Monday while rising a further 1.10% today and 16.15% in the previous seven days. Currently, Bitcoin is trading $57,473 with a market cap of over $1.08 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap.com.

After a brief drop below $30,000 at the end of July, the market looks to have weathered the storm; Bitcoin is now about $7,000 away from reaching its all-time high of $64,863, which it reached on April 14, 2021.

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Jordan Major

Jordan is an investor and market analyst. He's passionate about stocks, ETFs, blockchain, and digital assets. At Finbold.com, he delves into the technicalities to obtain future trends for new market traders and gives insights into user-friendly platforms for beginners.