The Week On-Chain (29 Apr 2020 - 6 May 2020)

As the price of BTC continues to increase, hodlers are still accumulating as we approach the halving and bitcoin becomes more popular as a safe haven asset.

The Week On-Chain (29 Apr 2020 - 6 May 2020)

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Bitcoin Market Health

After spiking above $9k last Thursday and dropping back down to the high 8000s shortly afterwards, BTC has experienced a gradual increase back up to levels above $9000, currently sitting at around $9300.

Alongside BTC's price growth, on-chain fundamentals have seen increases across the board for the second week in a row. The number of transactions, number of active entities, and total volume have all increased as on-chain economic activity surges before the halving.

The number of active addresses (and entities) has increased to levels not seen since the 2017 bull market - as has the number of new addresses - suggesting an increase not just in activity, but also in adoption.

The number of active addresses and new addresses in the Bitcoin network have reached 2-year highs (Glassnode Studio)

Not only are we seeing increased on-chain activity from new adopters, but also from longer-term investors; specifically, hodlers and whales.

Hodlers Continue Accumulating BTC as Halving Approaches

Hodler Net Position Change has stayed positive during the recovery of the past 8 weeks, indicating optimistic sentiment and longer-term confidence as we approach the Bitcoin halving next week.

Hodlers are accumulating, indicating underlying confidence in the price of bitcoin and its prospects (Glassnode Studio)

In February this year, hodlers stopped accumulating BTC as the price rose over $10,000, indicating decreasing confidence in prices at that level. However, during the crash in mid-March, we saw meaningful accumulation as longer-term investors bought the dip. This quickly dropped away as the price began to recover, but once investors saw that another crash was seeming less likely, they started accumulating again.

Hodlers’ continued accumulation even at these price levels suggests confidence in the near-term and longer-term future, likely spurred by the upcoming halving, which tends to drive higher prices historically. This accumulation can also be partially explained by the increasing adoption of bitcoin as a safe haven asset amongst uncertain financial markets.

Community Insight

Content and insights derived from Glassnode data by our community

On-chain analyst Willy Woo highlighted the "macro bullish" trend of BTC accumulation by smart investors, using Glassnode's data on whales.

Looking at the gray-blue line in the above chart, we see that the number of whales has been growing consistently throughout the year, experiencing only a small drop during the crash in March.

On top of this, the consistent increase in the number of addresses with more than 10k BTC implies that not only is the number of whales increasing, but the size of their holdings is as well.

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Disclaimer: This report does not provide any investment advice. All data is provided for information purposes only. No investment decision shall be based on the information provided here and you are solely responsible for your own investment decisions.