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Bitcoin’s surge to $73k put 99.76% of entities in profit, signaling mature phase of bull market

There are many different ways to quantify market sentiment. Looking at price action provides a very crude but effective gauge of the market’s feelings — if the price is going down, the market’s most likely bearish, and vice versa. However, feelings about the future are very complex to analyze, especially when it comes to Bitcoin, and on-chain data helps us see through the many layers of market sentiment.

Few on-chain metrics measure market sentiment better than the percentage of addresses and entities in profit. These metrics look at the percentage of unique addresses and entities whose funds have an average buy price lower than Bitcoin’s current price. Glassnode defines ‘buy price’ as the price at the time the coins were transferred into an address or entity.

The distinction between entities and addresses here helps us provide a more nuanced market analysis. Entities, which may control multiple addresses, give a more accurate representation of investor sentiment and behavior, as focusing on individual addresses fails to provide a complete picture of the market’s profitability.

According to data from Glassnode, there have never been more addresses and entities in profit in the history of Bitcoin. This morning, with Bitcoin’s price standing at just above $72,000, 99.76% of entities and 99.74% of addresses were in profit. The US Market Open has again created some volatility, wiping out leverage and causing Bitcoin to trade between $72,920 and $70,145.

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Graph showing the percentage of Bitcoin entities in profit from Jan. 1 to Mar. 11, 2024 (Source: Glassnode)
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Graph showing the percentage of Bitcoin addresses in profit from Mar. 14, 2023, to Mar. 11, 2024 (Source: Glassnode)

Historically, when the percentage of profitable entities and addresses surpassed 95%, it indicated the beginning of a mature phase of a bull cycle, where the overwhelming majority of market participants have accumulated gains. Historical data from Glassnode shows that this profitability threshold was usually maintained for around a month before experiencing a correction. It suggests a pattern where peak profitability precedes market retractions, which aligns with the usual bull market drawdowns. Corrections often follow periods of rapid price appreciation as they usually push a significant amount of investors to realize their gains, thereby increasing selling pressure.

However, zooming out and looking at the two previous bull cycles shows that the percentage of profitable addresses and entities remained above 95% for approximately a year despite the corrections. These extended periods of profitability likely contributed to establishing a stronger belief in Bitcoin’s long-term value, encouraging traders and investors to hold onto their coins despite short-term volatility.

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Graph showing the percent of Bitcoin addresses in profit from Aug. 5, 2010, to Mar. 11, 2024 (Source: Glassnode)

The current state of the market, with a record-high percentage of profitable entities and addresses, shows there’s no shortage of bullishness. However, given that it’s been around three weeks since the profitability has been above 95%, there’s also room for caution. Historical patterns show that these levels of profitability can never be sustained for long periods of time without corrections.

Whether the current cycle will mirror the extended profitability periods seen in the past two bull cycles or revert to the shorter spans remains to be seen. Nonetheless, the maturity of the market, combined with the increased institutional adoption of Bitcoin due to spot Bitcoin ETFs, can potentially disrupt historical patterns.

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