Bitcoin Enters Consolidation Phase as It Continues Its Search for Liquidity
Looking at the current state of being on Bitcoin in Week 21 of 2023
Bitcoin started a new week of range-bound price action, resulting in a further contracting state of the crypto markets overall. After having seen the beast that we call Bitcoin wake up amidst slight positive sentiment, we have seen an extremely volatile Q1, with Bitcoin rising from below $20,000 to the $30,000 region.
After a rise of 90% from its November 2022 low, Bitcoin has found its latest resistance point, where the market is coming to a halt, and since then has been lacking direction.
Is liquidity drying up?
For many, the crypto market is boring, with liquidity points above $31,000 and $25,000. However, the price has failed to retest any of these levels for quite some time. Despite major macro-economic triggers and overall volatility in traditional markets such as Forex and stocks, Bitcoin has instead consolidated, currently trading in a very tight and narrow $300 range.
Similarly to futures products, spot prices are causing headaches for traders, not because of the volatility but rather because of the lack of it. As a matter of fact, the difference between Bitcoin's previous week's high and low was 3.4%, which is the narrowest in the past three years, and in terms of market behavior, it shows strong similarities to a similar liquidity issue that Bitcoin was dealing with in December 2023.
When will the volatility be back?
Currently, Bitcoin is trading in a narrow range between $26,500 and $27,300, with immediate support and resistance regions. If price manages to break out of this tight zone, then $27,600 and $25,800 are more significant levels to be aware of, as the liquidity points have been building up sharply both above and below these regions. This makes it so that when price eventually breaks its immediate levels, the progression levels will be decisive regions on how price will progress for the weeks to come, meaning that if these levels are either lost or reclaimed, there is a good chance that the volatility in the markets increases once again, and with that, the liquidity might improve with it as well!
Even though the latest remarks of Jerome Powell, Chair of the United States Federal Reserve, did little to reduce Bitcoin's price fluctuations, this week may have some potential macro surprises in store. Until then, Bitcoin remains range bound, and price action remains sluggish as traders wait on the sidelines as Bitcoin decides what it has in store for us in the coming days!
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