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Bitcoin repeats rare weekly chart signal that resulted in 50% BTC price dips

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Two moving averages warn of a bear market-style price floor in the making, says analysis one month after Bitcoin’s weekly chart “death cross.”

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Bitcoin repeats rare weekly chart signal that resulted in 50% BTC price dips

Bitcoin (BTC) is facing a rare chart phenomenon which has historically resulted in 50% price drawdowns, new data shows.

In a tweet on April 25, popular account Nunya Bizniz noted a fresh warning sign from two key moving averages on BTC/USD.

Analyst: BTC could spend 6 months recovering from dip

For only the third time in its history, Bitcoin’s 20-week and 50-week moving averages (WMAs) have both started to slope downwards.

While that may look harmless at glance, the result of the first two events — in late 2014 and late 2018 — was BTC/USD losing over 50%.

BTC weekly:

On 3 occasions the slope of both the 20 & 50ma turned negative.

The first 2 lead to 50%+ corrections.

This time? pic.twitter.com/eIMsQ6dk8H

— Nunya Bizniz (@Pladizow) April 25, 2022

Both came at similar points in Bitcoin’s four-year halving cycles, and while slightly ahead of time, it has now been nearly as long since the 2018 dip, this bottoming out at $3,100.

“I think this chart draws valid parallels,” longtime commentator and macro investor Tuur Demeester commented on the findings.

“If bitcoin could not capitulate this time and hold above $35k, it would be an incredibly bullish sign. My base case scenario however, given how weak global markets look, is a downwards slide and 3-6 months of price recovery.”

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BTC/USD 1-week candle chart (Bitstamp) with 20WMA and 50WMA. Source: TradingView

In mid-March, the 20WMA crossed under the 50WMA, data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows, in what is commonly known as a “death cross” move among chartists. Despite its name, the phenomenon has not always resulted in significant losses.

Dollar strength sparks increasing suspicion

As Cointelegraph reported, consensus continues to form over a protracted period of price weakness for Bitcoin, which should come in line with a correction on heavily-correlated global stock markets.

Related: Bitcoin spoofs $39.5K breakout at Wall St open as Elon Musk Twitter takeover nears

The strength of the U.S. dollar in the face of anti-inflation maneuvers by the Federal Reserve is also in focus as a preemptive warning sign for those forecasting a shock event after two years of liquidity printing.

“DXY approaching multi-decade highs,” analyst Dylan LeClair continued in a fresh Twitter thread on the topic Monday.

“The USD continues to strengthen against foreign fiat currencies, tightening financial conditions. A breaking point for a historically over-leveraged economic system is approaching, by design.”

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U.S. dollar currency index (DXY) 1-week candle chart. Source: TradingView

For LeClair, it is very much a case of short-term pain, long-term gain for BTC hodlers. The recovery will come via a “pivot” by the Fed, which will be unable to sustain inflation-busting monetary tightening for long.

“Fed will eventually be forced to switch back to easing, as a deep global recession will follow any sustained period of monetary tightening,” he forecast.

“Supply chain wreckage from Ukraine conflict & China lockdowns with this level of global indebtedness = sovereign defaults. BTC will fly.”

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph.{com|possuindo|apresentando}. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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