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Highest Fear Level in Past Year on Crypto Fear & Greed Index

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Updated by Ana Alexandre
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In Brief

  • The Crypto Fear & Greed Index is at its lowest level in nearly a year, indicating "Fear.”
  • The index aggregates data about the crypto markets, consolidating it into a single metric.
  • Fear generally indicates a buying opportunity, which market data currently reflects.
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The Fear & Greed Index for bitcoin (BTC) is at its lowest level in nearly a year, indicating “Fear.”

With only the occasional foray into “Fear” territory, at 26, the index is now at its lowest level since April 28, 2020. 

Source: Crypto Fear & Greed Index

The Crypto Fear & Greed Index analyzes emotions and sentiments from different sources, then aggregates them into a single metric. The index is based on the premise that crypto market behavior, like any market behavior, is emotionally driven. 

These primarily manifest as either greed and fear. When asset prices rise, people don’t want to miss their opportunity and are motivated by greed. On the flip side, when asset prices begin to fall, people become irrationally fearful and may contribute to the selloff.

When the index indicates a high level of greed, this means the market is likely due for a correction. On the other hand, a high level of fear could indicate a potential buying opportunity. It seems that current market data reflects that sentiment.

Rebounding crypto markets 

According to crypto data aggregator CoinGecko, crypto markets are largely on the rebound at the moment. After sinking below it on April 23, crypto markets have again risen above the $2 trillion total market capitalization threshold.

Meanwhile, the top coins in terms of market cap have all had a prosperous past 24 hours. After tumbling down to $48,000 on April 25, bitcoin (BTC) has again risen above its $50,000 support level. It is currently trading just below $54,000, a rise of over 6%.

Ethereum (ETH) has also risen about 6%. However, it has been performing well as of late, rising by 11% in the past week and 15% in the past two weeks. Binance coin’s (BNB) gains are a bit milder, at over 4%. Although XRP has struggled, losing 12% in the past week, it has also risen that much in the past day.

Bitcoin dominance

Another useful crypto market indicator is bitcoin dominance. This represents bitcoin’s share of the total crypto market capitalization. Accordingly, this is a metric included in the Crypto Greed & Fear Index.

According to them, a higher bitcoin dominance represents fear in the general market, as interest in more speculative altcoins shrinks. Meanwhile, a lower bitcoin dominance indicates a tolerance for higher risk. Although bitcoin dominance has been shrinking over the past few months, it recently reached its lowest level since 2018. Bitcoin dominance currently stand at 48.7%

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Nicholas Pongratz
Nick is a data scientist who teaches economics and communication in Budapest, Hungary, where he received a BA in Political Science and Economics and an MSc in Business Analytics from CEU. He has been writing about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology since 2018, and is intrigued by its potential economic and political usage.
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