Bitcoin repeats rare weekly chart signal that resulted in 50% BTC price dips

William Suberg
William Suberg April 26, 2022
Updated 2022/04/26 at 11:39 AM
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Bitcoin (BTC[1]) is facing a rare chart phenomenon that has historically resulted in 50% price drawdowns, new data shows.

In a tweet on April 25, popular account Nunya Bizniz noted a fresh warning sign from two key moving averages on BTC/USD.

Analyst: BTC could spend 6 months recovering from dip

For only the third time in its history, Bitcoin’s 20-week and 50-week moving averages (WMAs) have both started to slope downwards.

While that may look harmless at glance, the result of the first two events — in late 2014 and late 2018 — was BTC/USD losing over 50%.

Both came at similar points in Bitcoin’s four-year halving cycles, and while slightly ahead of time, it has now been nearly as long since the 2018 dip that bottomed out at $3,100[4].

“I think this chart draws valid parallels,” longtime commentator and macro investor Tuur Demeester commented[5] on the findings.

“If bitcoin could not capitulate this time and hold above $35k, it would be an incredibly bullish sign. My base case scenario however, given how weak global markets look, is a downwards slide and 3-6 months of price recovery.”

BTC/USD 1-week candle chart (Bitstamp) with 20WMA and 50WMA. Source: TradingView

In mid-March, the 20-WMA crossed under the 50-WMA, data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro[6] and TradingView[7] shows, in what is commonly known as a “death cross” move among chartists. Despite its name, the phenomenon has not always resulted in significant losses[8].

Dollar strength sparks increasing suspicion

As Cointelegraph recently reported, consensus continues to form[9] over a protracted period of price weakness for Bitcoin, which should come in line with a correction on heavily-correlated global stock markets[10].

Related: Bitcoin spoofs $39.5K breakout at Wall St open as Elon Musk Twitter takeover nears[11]

The strength of the United States dollar[12] in the face of anti-inflation maneuvers by the Federal Reserve is also in focus as a preemptive warning sign[13] for those forecasting a shock event after two years of liquidity printing.

“DXY approaching multi-decade highs,” analyst Dylan LeClair continued[14] in a fresh Twitter thread on the topic on April 24.

“The USD continues to strengthen against foreign fiat currencies, tightening financial conditions. A breaking point for a historically over-leveraged economic system is approaching, by design.”

U.S. dollar currency index (DXY) 1-week candle chart. Source: TradingView

For LeClair, it is very much a case of short-term pain, long-term gain for BTC hodlers. The recovery will come via a “pivot” by the Fed, which will be unable to sustain inflation-busting monetary tightening for long.

“Fed will eventually be forced to switch back to easing, as a deep global recession will follow any sustained period of monetary tightening,” he forecasted.

“Supply chain wreckage from Ukraine conflict & China lockdowns with this level of global indebtedness = sovereign defaults. BTC will fly.”

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