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Bitcoin gains; more volatility likely ahead

Bitcoin is climbing by more than 3% at the time of writing, amid a risk-on session as cryptos rebound alongside other risk assets such as US equity futures.

To be certain though, the world’s oldest and largest crypto is still trading around levels not seen since December 2020.

Recall our crypto report dated May 10th which contained this line:

“Perhaps more worryingly for HODLers, from a technical perspective, there is little by way of support between the $30k and $20k regions for Bitcoin prices …”

Sure enough, despite hovering around that psychologically-important $30k for weeks after our May 10th article, Bitcoin then sliced through the charts all the way down to $20k like a red-hot knife through butter.

Bitcoin gains; more volatility likely ahead

That stunning drop was largely driven by the broad deleveraging and liquidations across the crypto world. DeFi applications and crypto lenders are being forced to consider unprecedented measures to protect themselves against contagion risks, and to stay alive.

 

Will this crypto calm last?

Perhaps as some solace for the world’s oldest and largest cryptocurrency, the expected 30-day volatility has eased away from its year-to-date highs.

However, once recent peaks in the T3i BitVol index have been stripped away, the implied volatility over the next 30 days is still around its highest since Q4 2021 - the period when Bitcoin began its decent from its all-time high (Bitcoin has lost as much as 74.5% since).

In short, this index suggests there could still be more volatility headed Bitcoin’s way, albeit to a lesser extent … potentially.

T3i BitVol index suggests there could still be more volatility headed Bitcoin’s way, albeit to a lesser extent … potentially.

 

That might translate into more stable trading around the $20k handle, with Bitcoin bulls hoping to test resistance at the longer-term 200-week moving average which currently resides around $22,370.

Bitcoin gains; more volatility likely ahead

 

In the meantime, crypto investors and traders are set to remain tepid, awaiting the next major signal for global markets.

 

What to look out for?

  1. This week, Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s two days of testimonies before US lawmakers will be scrutinised for more clues about the central bank’s willingness to trigger a recession amid ambitions to quell red-hot inflation.
     
  2. Scheduled speeches by other Fed officials in the lead up to the late-July FOMC meeting may also deliver more signals on that front.
     
  3. Even if Fed officials refrain from rocking the boat between FOMC meetings, this period of calm in markets may be shattered by the June US non-farm payrolls report (due July 8th) and consumer price index release (due July 13th).
     
    • If the jobs report shows some deterioration in the labour market, that could allow the Fed to back away from its ultra-aggressive battle against inflation. Such a narrative may actually spell more relief for markets.
       
    • As for the CPI print, markets need to be shown signs that US inflation is peaking/has peaked. Until then, fears of jumbo-sized Fed rate hikes are likely to continue weakening the floor below risk assets.

 

And of course, in between all of the above-listed factors, more worrying headlines out of the crypto world could yet inject more volatility into a sector that is still striving for maturity.

 

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