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Bitcoin crash: These three metrics show how bad the carnage is, and what to expect next

By Frances Yue

Hello! Welcome back to Distributed Ledger, our weekly crypto newsletter that reaches your inbox every Thursday. I'll walk you through what's going on in the current bear market.

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Crypto in a snap

Bitcoin plunged 27.7% over the past seven days, trading at around $21,111 on Thursday, according to CoinDesk data. Ether lost about 35% over the seven-day stretch to around $1,127. Meme token Dogecoin lost 26% while another dog-themed token, Shiba Inu , lost 22.9% from seven days ago.

Crypto Metrics

Biggest Gainers  Price   %7-day return 
Binance USD      $1.01   0.7% 
Pax Gold         $1,861  0.3% 
Dai              $1      0.2% 
USD Coin         $1.01   0.2% 
TrueUSD          $1      0.2% 
                         Source: CoinGecko as of June 16 
Biggest Decliners  Price   %7-day return 
DeFiChain          $1.1    -47.1% 
Chain              $0.09   -46.5% 
Monero             $109.8  -41.1% 
Waves              $4.57   -41% 
Nexo               $0.73   -40% 
                           Source: CoinGecko as of June 16 

Bitcoin crash in numbers

Long-term holders selling at losses

During recent selloffs, the amount of long-term bitcoin holders selling at a loss was the largest since March 2019, when bitcoin was trading at around $4,000, according to Julio Moreno, senior market research analyst at CryptoQuant.

The long term output profit ratio, which measures the ratio of spent outputs in profit at the time of the window, stood at 0.47 on Thursday, according to data from CryptoQuant. The indicator provides insight into market sentiment, profitability and losses taken over a particular time-frame. It reflects the degree of realised profit for all coins moved on-chain.Values below 1 shows that more long-term investors are selling at loss, while values above 1 indicate the opposite.

Meanwhile, the average bitcoin holder is experiencing a loss for the first time since March 2020, when Covid-19 broke out in the U.S., Moreno noted.

Net unrealized profit and loss, which could indicate the total amount of profit or loss in all coins, stands at around -0.02. A value below 0 shows that investors are in losses.

Bitcoin halving cycles

Bitcoin could reach a market bottom at some time near the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023 based on its previous performance during "halving cycles", analysts at bitcoin company NYDIG wrote in a Wednesday note.

Bitcoin is designed to experience "halving," which refers to the reduction of the reward paid to miners of a block by 50%, at every 210,000 blocks, or about every four years. Though there have only been three halvings in bitcoin's history, they all occurred in the middle of bitcoin cyclical highs, the NYDIG analysts wrote.

Meanwhile, bitcoin price's cycle peaks and troughs tended to appear about 1/3 and 2/3 of the way through each of the halving cycles, respectively, except the first cycle, during which reliable price data was not available until it was well underway, the analysts noted. If the pattern persists, it may imply that we are about six months away from the market bottom, according to the note.

Implied volatility

Bitcoin's implied volatility on Wednesday reached the highest level since March 2020, according to data from Skew. Though the metric doesn't reflect price directions, considering the broad bearish sentiment, "the high volatility indicates that Bitcoin has not yet capitulated and could have a further downside," analysts at 21Shares wrote in Wednesday notes.

Celsius, Three Arrows contagion?

Celsius, one of the biggest crypto lending platforms, paused all withdrawals, swaps and transfers between accounts since Sunday. The company reportedly has hired restructuring attorneys to advise on possible solutions for its mounting financial problems, according to a Tuesday report by the Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile, rumors swirled over potential stress at the influential hedge fund Three Arrows Capital, following a vague tweet late Tuesday from its founder Zhu Su, who wrote that "we are in the process of communicating with relevant parties and fully committed to working this out."

On Wednesday, the Block reported that Three Arrows is "in the process of figuring out how to repay lenders and other counterparties after it was liquidated by top tier lending firms in the space."

Some market participants are now worried about the contagious risks Celsius and Three Arrows Capital may pose to the whole crypto market, if, in a worst-case scenario, the firms were to become insolvent. I wrote more about here.

Crypto companies, funds

Shares of Coinbase Global Inc. (COIN) plunged 6% to $51.70 on Thursday, and they were down 19% over the past five trading sessions. Michael Saylor's MicroStrategyInc.(MSTR) tanked 6.3% Thursday to $160.57, and it was down 26.3% over the past five days.

Mining company Riot Blockchain Inc.(RIOT) shares plummeted 7.1% to $4.51, and it was down 17.6% over the past five days. Shares of Marathon Digital Holdings Inc.(MARA) lost 5.7% to $6.48, with a 15.5% loss over the past five days. Another miner, Ebang International Holdings Inc. (EBON), dropped 9% to $0.6, contributing to a 24.7% loss over the past five days.

Overstock.com Inc.(OSTK)'s shares traded 7.5% lower to $28.30. The shares lost 8.3% over the five-session period.

Shares of Block Inc.(SQ), formerly known as Square, dived 8.7% to $57.40 contributing to a 25% loss for the week. Tesla Inc.(TSLA) shares traded 9% lower to $636.80, while they were down 11.5% over the past five sessions.

PayPal Holdings Inc.(PYPL) declined 6.1% to $71.26, and it was down 14% over the five-session stretch. Nvidia Corp.(NVDA) shares dropped 6% to $155.01, looking at a 14% loss over the past five trading days.

Advanced Micro Devices Inc.(AMD) shares plunged 9% to $81.37 on Thursday, while it was down 17.6% from five trading days ago.

Among crypto funds, ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF(BITO) traded down 2.8% to $13.03 Thursday, while Valkyrie Bitcoin Strategy ETF(BTF) was down 2.7% at $8.10. VanEck Bitcoin Strategy ETF(XBTF) lost 1.6% to $20.68.

Grayscale Bitcoin Trust(GBTC) traded down 4.8% to $13.38.

-Frances Yue

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