Bitcoin Trading Volume Sinks More than $2 Trillion in Second Quarter

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In Brief
  • Bitcoin continues to see waning trading volume due to the bearish trends of the market.

  • Monthly volumes have fallen under $1.5 trillion in 2022.

  • Bitcoin had a combined trading volume of $2.8 trillion in the second quarter of 2022.

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Due to the steep decline in the prices of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin trading volume in the second quarter of 2022 was one and a half times below that of the second quarter of 2021.

Bitcoin continues to hover around the $20,000 price mark due to negative investor interest. According to Be[In]Crypto Research, trading volume was approximately $2.84 trillion during the second quarter of 2022. This was a 43% drop in the trading volume recorded between April and June 2021 of around $5.01 trillion. 

Fall in trading volume mirrors broader crypto market 

A bearish trend in the overall decentralized finance (DeFi) market which led to a 60% slash in the overall market value of the crypto space can be credited for the fall in investor demand for Bitcoin. 

In April 2021, Bitcoin trading volume was approximately $1.84 trillion and had a single-day high of around $97.47 billion. With April following the declining volumes from the first quarter of the year, investor interest in the most popular cryptocurrency tumbled. In April, Bitcoin trading volume was $830.12 billion, with a single-day high of $39.39 billion. 

In May 2021, the trading volume of BTC was $1.98 trillion, with a single-day high of roughly $126.36 billion. The collapse of the Terra ecosystem led to a sharp decline in the prices of all digital assets. During this period, Bitcoin trading volume dipped to $1.09 trillion and had a single-day high of $70.39 billion. 

In June 2021, Bitcoin trading volume was about $1.19 trillion, with $58.96 billion as the month’s single-day high. Despite bullish forecasts by several market commentators for June, BTC continued its downtrend by trading in the range of $17,708.62 and $31,957.28. BTC trading volume was roughly $923.94 billion, and a single-day high of $68.2 billion was recorded within the period. 

How did the decline affect Bitcoin in the second quarter? 

Bitcoin opened on April 1 with a trading price of $45,554.16, reached a quarterly high of $47,313.48 on April 3, tested a quarterly low of $17,708.62, and closed the second quarter of the year at $19,784.43. Overall, this equates to a 56% decrease between the opening and closing price of BTC in Q2 2022.

Source: BTC/USD Chart by TradingView

For the sake of comparison, Bitcoin opened on April 1 2021, with a trading price of $58,926.56, reached a quarterly high of $64,863.10 on April 14, tested a quarterly low of $28,893.62 on June 22, and closed the second quarter of 2021 at $35,040.84. Overall, this represents a 40% decline between the opening and closing price of Q2 2021.

Source: BTC/USD Chart by TradingView

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As a writer, researcher, and analyst of centralized and decentralized financial instruments (stocks, commodities, metals, and cryptocurrencies), he started experimenting with financial asset trading in 2011. He ventured into full-time long term investing of cryptocurrencies in 2016.

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