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Bitcoin (BTC) on-Chain Analysis: MVRV Gives Bottoming Signal in Negative Territory

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In Brief

  • MVRV has fallen into negative territory.
  • The BTC price is below its realized price.
  • Market cap is lower than realized cap.
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Be[in]Crypto takes a look at Bitcoin (BTC) on-chain indicators, focusing this week on the Market-Value-To-Realized-Value (MVRV) and its cross into negative territory.

MVRV Z-Score

MVRV is an indicator that measures the ratio between the market and realized capitalization levels. Values higher than 1 show that the market cap is larger than the realized cap. The MVRV Z-score subsequently uses a standard deviation in order to normalize the values. So, negative values indicate that the market cap is smaller than the realized cap.

Historically, values between 7 and 9 have coincided with market cycle tops, while those below 0 with bottoms. The indicator has been decreasing since Oct.

Besides March 2020, the other times (black circles) in which the indicator crossed into negative territory required some time before the bottom was reached.

In 2012, the bottom was reached two months after the indicator first moved into negative territory.

In 2015, it was reached 12 days after the indicator first moved into negative territory. Finally, in 2018, it was reached roughly one month after the indicator first moved into negative territory. 

Long-term MVRV
MVRV Chart By Glassnode
In 2022, MVRV crossed into negative territory for the first time on June 12. The current bottom has been reached on June 18, only six days after the first cross.
Short-term MVRV
MVRV Chart By Glassnode

Days BTC MVRV is at a loss

The days in which MVRV is at a loss can be better visualized using the workbench. As can be seen by the black circles, times in which the BTC price falls below the realized price (orange line) are associated with negative readings in MVRV. 

As outlined above, there have been four such times in the price history of BTC, with the ongoing decrease being the fifth one.

MVRV Chart By Glassnode

An interesting observation is that even when the bottom was reached shortly after the first cross, as was the case in 2015, it took a long time until MVRV moved back to positive territory. More specifically, the indicator moved into positive territory in Oct 2015, roughly 10 months after the first bearish cross. 

However, while the BTC price consolidated below the realized price (orange), it still created higher highs and did not fall below the Jan 2015 price. Thus, while it took a while for BTC to initiate another upward movement, the bottom was reached fairly quickly after the first bearish cross.

MVRV Chart By Glassnode

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Valdrin Tahiri
Valdrin discovered cryptocurrencies while he was getting his MSc in Financial Markets from the Barcelona graduate school of Economics. Shortly after graduating, he began writing...