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What The Charts Are Screaming About Bitcoin And Ethereum

May 05, 2021 7:41 PM ETBitcoin USD (BTC-USD), ETH-USD279 Comments
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Clem Chambers


  • Bitcoin and Ethereum: market history is repeating itself.
  • Technical analysis provides bearish signal for both cryptocurrencies.
  • Current charts replicate pattern just before 2018 cryptocurrency crash.

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Technical analysis and crypto have something in common: half the world thinks crypto and charting are frauds and valueless and the other half swear by them.

So, it is interesting to see that

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Clem Chambers is CEO of Online Blockchain plc, a leading UK-listed blockchain research and development incubator. He is also the founder and former CEO of global stocks, shares and crypto information website ADVFN.com and author of Amazon No.1 Bestseller 101 Ways to Pick Stock Market Winners and Trading Cryptocurrencies: A Beginner’s Guide. A prolific financial writer, Chambers has written for many of the world’s leading financial titles and won Journalist of the Year in the Business Market Commentary category in the State Street U.K. Institutional Press Awards in 2018. Clem has a history of calling the markets early. Chambers is also General Partner of Ylem Capital: clem@ylem.capital

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Comments (279)

Is it a ponzi or is it just that the $ has no value anymore?
steve7074 profile picture
@kkthxbye I call it a video game. Think of it like a casino.
@steve7074 at the casino the money comes from other players. Losers are paying winners.
Here there are only winners.
Here its either a ponzi or its just that dollars mean nothing. Money has to come from somewhere.
I think 90% ponzi, 10% dollar inflation
MillionsDollarMan profile picture
Technical analysis doesn't reveal the event-driven nature of trading crypto. The selloff is based on margin-driven liquidations. This is forced selling and over-leveraged positions. When this occurs buying the dip is advantageous for the long-term holder. Unfortunately, crypto trading platforms are not operating properly, and trading is in a frenzy.
@MillionsDollarMan you must be new to crypto.. these exact events happened in 2018. Keep buying the dip. Then the next dip.. then the next..and next until eventually you lose all your money
MillionsDollarMan profile picture
@JoeD23 I have been long since 2016 in ETH. I am quite wealthy!
shut_up_and_take_my_money profile picture
@JoeD23 you must be new to crypto.
William Darusmont profile picture
Cathie Wood's advice on Bloomberg just now: our analysts know more about the future than other analysts...oh, and stay humble???
Why were you Long if Very Bearish?
William Darusmont profile picture
oops...across the board tanking...oh and GME too...let's talk about REAL value!
kjseagle1 profile picture
Textbook Wyckoff Distribution
Wow what a mic drop. It's gotten awfully quiet here...what a call!
shut_up_and_take_my_money profile picture
@jdmshorty ETH is still sitting right at its 21-day moving average, so there hasn't really been much of a correction yet.
William Darusmont profile picture
@shut_up_and_take_my_money hmmmm....ETH is Ethan Allen....think you mean ETHE...if not...you are looking at the wrong charts.
shut_up_and_take_my_money profile picture
@William Darusmont this conversation is not about stocks. i was referring to ETH, you know, the 2nd largest cryptocurrency by market cap...
"half the world thinks crypto and charting are frauds and valueless and the other half swear by them."

They're both right.
William Darusmont profile picture
@Russell's Decalogue ...ah but there is a third class that says if they can hack a pipleline company they can hack cybercurrencies...oh wait...nothing can go wrong...go wrong...go wrong...
@William Darusmont Hacking the infrastructure of a country whose former President refused to pay any attention to cybersecurity for 4 yrs isn't the same thing. lol
William Darusmont profile picture
@duketherhodesian friends don't do that to friends...or do they, Mr. Putin???
Good call clem. The children thought the free money casino was opened permanently.
Cryptonomics profile picture
look at coinbase earnings report published today. Institutional money is 2x retail at this point
William Darusmont profile picture
@Delta999Nine_Ninjanomics oh??? and that is why it is dropping like a stone? -3.9% today...and it ain't going to end here.
Cryptonomics profile picture
@William Darusmont lol. do you really focus on the daily noise. Lets check in 5 years, and lets have a chat
@Delta999Nine_Ninjanomics its like the dude didn't even read the article.
Mebarrett3 profile picture
Why doesn’t Elon musk become part of the solution rather than part of the problem? He could establish crypto mining facilities using solar power and that would solve the problem.
This is another test of support at 47-49 k. If the support is there expect another leg up. So far, Btc has had good support at this level, a level set by musk if I’m not mistaken?
@Mebarrett3 simply put Elon is just another rich fat cat who cares not a thing about the masses. The cult of Elon needs to grow up and quit looking for someone to follow. Start making their own decisions based on fundamentals and what makes sense
shawnseyk profile picture
I suggest you read up on Bitcoin and the Stock To Flow Analysis done by Plan B
Where are the legends? Black line and blue line? Which belongs to each crypto? Anyways, half the world thinks Cryptos are a fraud and Ponzi scheme... the other half believes people can make money out of thin air by generating blips on a computer screen.... Problem is people have lost faith in government currencies so nations have brought this crisis on themselves
Cryptonomics profile picture
@ocbearclaw lol, ponzi. sorry to tell you but by that definition every asset is a ponzi.
Not thin air, it is work to secure the network and move wealth around the world 27/4 that can't be stopped
Exactly, the so called “smart money” has been replaced by Redditors. It has nothing to do with value, momentum, or quarterly earnings. It’s supply and demand and if you look at the 24hr volume of the top 20 coins the Mungers are angry.
Lots of propaganda against crypto recently, mostly the same claims that have been made for 12 years, most lies, or misleading, why people talk about stuff they dont understand, oooh cryptos going to crash!!! beware its going to zero!!!

i love how so many on here just take the authors word of any article on this site like any of us couldn't contribute on here, think about the fact this guy leaves out the length of bitcoin cycles is designed to get further apart, its not going to go back to 100 days, nor should the crash be anywhere near 80%

for everyone who thinks there is nothing too crypto, ask urself why Germany just dumped 100 mil euros to host their bond market, or look into CardanoAfrica, or how much blockchains save supply chains, cutting costs on items, on financial services, a 17 Trill a year banking industry charging to clear transactions, disrupted, or the insurance or real estate or property rights, music art movies, help catch bootleggers and protect consumers from buying fake stuff, this isnt 2009 maybe you shouldnt listen to some stoge probably paid by bankers and do some research for yourself, theres more crypto than BTC
@c.casesvilla People who think crypto (as if all protocols are monolithic) will go to zero, or who think the coins themselves are all there is to crypto are the same kind of folks who think that home ownership is the end-all to wealth generation.
First time I read this author and I am VERY impressed with the straight talk. Loved it Followed.
Looking at charts without any reference is a very dangerous thing to do. Look at the money supply chart today versus 2018 and you will see why this is not a bubble, it is a new reality. People are fleeing the dollar, and rightfully so. Stocks are the highest they have ever been. Real estate is through the roof. Crypto is a logical alternative to holding cash (cash - which is losing value every minute).
@JRS5 Last I heard was that crypto, which is valued in dollars (that people are dumping) is not so hot anymore either. So nothing in the cash world is save, right?
Back to gold! But you can’t do much with gold either. Bonds don’t pay. Stock are overvalued. Inventories are short so prices go up, stocks too: Inflation! Dollar is down- doesn’t matter, just print more. Escape! Great. Where to? And not to forget, now there’s FOMO.
vint profile picture
If btc and cryto crashes , it doesn't matter as I have written off the investments . Actually hoping you are right , it crashes 40% so I can buy more but you are very wrong now as it has not happened nor your article created any effect . The expectations of it crashing hasn't been factored by masses and institutionals so your article has not managed to convince everyone .
First off.. every newbie in here with there "institutions are buying now thesis".. yeah they are that's why this bubble is even more parabolic than the last. People think the free money casino is going to stay open forever.. that they will be able to time the top perfectly and get out. But the reality is.. the crypto market is as brutal as it is glorious and you will not suspect where the top is. When everyone and there mother thinks its going to 80k, I think right now could be the end as well. The next crypto bear market is going to crush ignorant retail investors badly. 50/50 at best right now
@JoeD23 Agreed. The ones that really scare me are the ones who say they are never getting out. What does that even mean? What’s the point if you don’t take profits on the way up?
MillionsDollarMan profile picture
@OkieSwede Buffet has never sold a share of BKB.
vint profile picture
R u silly . That fall out happened in 3rd year after halving . We are now in 14th months after 2020 halving . Next one is 2024 . Way too early to call out major fall down .
@vint Yea bro, the free money casino will be open 3 more years. Imagine
@vint that's factually wrong. The crashes happened 1,0 years after the first halving and 1,5 years after the 2nd halving. Right now we're exactly 1,0 years after the third halving. In both crashes, Bitcoin crashed around day 280 after having broken the previous ATH from before the halving. For us, that would be September.
steve7074 profile picture
@vint How do you know that ?
You never know about the future.
2 factors for me - most of the mining occurs in China, & maybe more important, ESG. Crypto is clearly not ESG.
Maybe price is more and more driven by AI algorithms? So these algorithms simply expect that the future will behave like the past. This could explain this similarity of the pattern. However, it might be a bit different: Bitcoin rises faster, because AI tries to buy earlier before the others and falls faster, because AI tries to sell before the others.
steve7074 profile picture
@Mhst Maybe crypto trading is one big algorithm. Anything is possible nowadays.
@Mhst thats exactly why technical analysis is a thing.
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