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KPIs for August 2022

  • Total notional volumes: $15bn
  • Total trades: 4,008,796
  • Total Bitcoin equivalent traded: 674,565 coins
  • Total year-to-date volumes: $149bn

Total monthly Volumes
by Client Segment ($M)

Daily Traded Volumes ($M)

Monthly Volumes
by Instrument ($M)

Average Trade Size
by Instrument ($)

BTCUSD - Average Trade Size
by Client Segment ($)

ETHUSD - Average Trade Size
by Client Segment ($)

Macro crypto currency market outlook

Bitcoin remains confined to a well-defined downtrend since topping out at a record high in late 2021. Recent recovery attempts have stalled just over $25,000, with a possible lower top now in place ahead of a bearish continuation and the next major downside extension. A break below the yearly low at $17,560 would confirm the bearish continuation and open a measured move downside extension targeting a test of the major psychological barrier at $10,000. At this stage, the market would need to push back above the August high at $25,220 to take the immediate pressure off the downside.

    • BTC technical levels:
    • R2 25,220 – August high – Strong
    • R1 21,930 – 24 August high – Medium
    • S1 18,890 – 13 July low – Medium
    • S2 17,560 – 18 June/2022 low – Strong

All the market optimism that we had seen in July faded away in August. There had been hope that a bottom for the crypto market had been firmly established in June following an impressive recovery in July. But August has cast serious doubts on this prospect. Bitcoin was off some 14% in the month of August, while ether was down around 8% on the month.

The bearish performance in August was largely attributed to macro forces, with the Federal Reserve’s unwavering commitment to a higher for longer monetary policy track shaking up risk assets, while opening broad outperformance in the US Dollar. As has been the case with crypto assets being treated as emerging market assets, crypto was also exposed.

Looking ahead, all signs now point to what could be another ugly month. We believe there is risk for more capitulation in US equities as valuations become far less attractive on account of higher rates, and a weaker outlook for the global economy. This fallout could very well add enough pressure on crypto assets to result in fresh yearly lows for bitcoin and ether.

As per our technical consideration, should we see a drop to a fresh yearly low in the price of bitcoin, this could open the door for a deeper drop towards $10k. Seasonality trends are certainly supportive of this case. The month of September has produced negative returns over the past 7 years, with the last 5 years of September performance all negative.

Still, there are many positives out there to leave the market with plenty of confidence with respect to the outlook beyond short-term hiccups. Volumes have been picking back up ever so slightly after an anemic start to 2022. We have also talked at length about our view that we are getting closer to levels where correlations with risk sentiment will fade away, with bitcoin leading the charge back to the topside on recognition of the asset as a highly attractive store of value.

Institutional adoption is also alive and well, despite the market environment. Those players that have already dipped in will be looking to increase exposure at attractive levels. New players that have been monitoring the space and that have committed to taking on exposure will also be excited to take advantage of the crypto market dip.

Finally, the market will be focused on the highly anticipated Ethereum merge. There have been many discussions around risks associated with the merge, especially in the aftermath of the Tornado Cash story. But on the whole, the merge is expected to result in a substantial upgrade that will bring about many exciting rewards including a more scalable and secure network.

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