Bitcoin bounce from $28.8K activates century-old financial model’s bullish thesis

Bitcoin’s recent push from under $30,000 to over $34,500 asserts hopes of a big price recovery ahead.

A recent upswing in the price of Bitcoin (BTC) following a nail-biting price crash below $30,000 this Tuesday has activated a classic financial model’s bullish outlook on the cryptocurrency.

Titled Wyckoff Method, created by Richard D. Wyckoff in 1888, the model attempts at navigating financial market trends based on the relationship between assets’ supply and demand. The method has two schematics: Accumulation and Distribution.

In an Accumulation setup, an asset signals bottoming out following a sharper price decline. It eventually leads to the price rebounding to the upside. Meanwhile, the Distribution setup sees the asset topping out after a solid price moves uphill. After that, the price reverses direction to the downside. 

Each setup has five unique phases. For example, in Distribution, an asset goes through the following events across the said phases (in order): Preliminary Supply (PSY), Buying Climax (BC), Automatic Reaction (AR), Secondary Test, Sign of Weakness (SOW), Last Point of Supply (LPSY), and Upthrust After Distribution (UTAD).

Wyckoff events and phases during distribution

Meanwhile, in the Accumulation schematic, an asset logs the following events across its five phases (in order): Preliminary support (PS), Selling Climax (SC), Automatic Rally (AR), Secondary Test (ST), Last Point of Support (LPS), and Sign of Strength.

Wyckoff events and phases during accumulation

Wyckoff confirms Bitcoin accumulation

Comparing the Bitcoin recent price action and the events presented in the Wyckoff Accumulation schematic, it appears the cryptocurrency is grappling with its Last Point of Support of Phase C.

Bitcoin phases imagined per Wyckoff Accumulation Schematic.

Phase A in the chart above shows exhaustion in the previous downside momentum at the Secondary Test (between $28.8K and $30K) and Selling Climax (approx $34K) levels. Up to this point, the supply was dominant as per the Wyckoff Method.

An automatic rally (AR) approached in Phase B, led by both institutional demand for Bitcoin and short-covering. Later, the price repeatedly dipped towards secondary tests and bounced back after testing the Selling Climax horizontal line from Phase A.

Now, the Bitcoin price has entered Phase C, leaving it to the “smart money” to decide whether the cryptocurrency is ready to go higher. An upside confirmation would come if the ongoing rebound extends above the SC-ST phase, accompanied by stronger volumes.

Phase D and Phase E reflect an all-and-all recovery run towards $60,000.

“It seems like a possibility,” said market analyst Kevin Swenson. “We just got the lower low at $28.8K … If this model plays out, we will now enter the final phase of the recovery back up.”

In terms of the Wyckoff method, this $28.8K lower low is very similar to the $65K higher high. Both cause a maximum emotional effect on market participants.”

Meanwhile, Bloomberg Intelligence’s senior commodity strategist, Mike McGlone, albeit not referring to the Wyckoff Method, noted that repeated bullish rejections near $30,000 are similar to how Bitcoin bounced from $4,000 in 2019-2020.

Bitcoin bulls show resilience at $30,000.

“Selling Bitcoin around good support & similar dips below most means as about $30K this year hasn’t ended well,” he added, “and if the key question this time around is whether it’s different, we see a more-enduring bull market.”


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