- Research firm Glassnodes came up with a new metric to gauge bitcoin adoption.
- The growth of this new metric appears to coincide with recent bitcoin rallies.
- It appears that conditions are right for this metric to breakout and possibly foreshadow the next bull run.
Bitcoin bulls have a lot of reasons to be excited. On Wednesday, the top cryptocurrency posted a fresh 2020 high of $9,443.96. It’s also up over 30% year-to-date and it continues to show signs of strength.
The top cryptocurrency is close to breaching the resistance of a key metric. I’m talking about the number of entities entering bitcoin on a daily basis. The growth of entities strongly suggests that more people are using the cryptocurrency. This metric is relevant because the last time adoption grew, the cryptocurrency launched a bull market.
Number of Bitcoin Holders Vs. Net Growth of Entities
Getting the actual number of bitcoin holders or users is a herculean task. That’s because there are two obstacles:
- One holder can have multiple wallet addresses;
- One bitcoin address, such one belonging to as a crypto exchange, can hold the funds of multiple individuals.
To get a good gauge of widespread adoption, blockchain intelligence firm Glassnodes mapped the number of entities controlling multiple addresses. For now, this is the closest you can get to approximating the number of bitcoin holders. According to Glassnodes,
This work is the first to introduce a more sophisticated quantification of Bitcoin entities that goes beyond plain address counts and oversimplified heuristics.
Spike in Net Growth of Entities Preceded the 2017 Bull Run
With that in mind, Glassnodes charted the daily net growth of entities. Again, this is a metric that more closely measures how many users are using bitcoin. That’s because it’s mapping multiple addresses to a single entity. In addition, this metric takes into consideration entities with zero BTC balance but had a non-zero BTC balance before. It’s not surprising to see that bitcoin’s price rose while the daily net growth of entities increased.
A pseudonymous Twitter account named CryptoKea spotted a key level that this metric has struggled to take out. In the chart above, that level is marked by the red dotted line. Whenever entities’ net growth (represented by the green line) touched that resistance, good things usually happen. What this essentially means is that whenever new users get bitcoin addresses, bitcoin’s price usually rises.
For instance, bitcoin ignited its parabolic run in October 2017. This coincided with more new users creating their bitcoin addresses. Then from April 2019 to June 2019, bitcoin skyrocketed from $5,000 to nearly $14,000 which also coincided with the rise in new users.
The same thing happened this month: Bitcoin rallied from $7,000 to over $9,000. The only deviation appears to be in October 2018 when the number of users creating bitcoin addresses was high but bitcoin plunged from around $6,600 to almost $3,000 in December 2018.
Glassnodes explains that the daily net growth of entities has been overwhelmingly positive. The crypto intelligence firm emphasizes,
This is a clear indication of a healthy and consistent adoption of Bitcoin over the past 10 years.
Bitcoin Flashing More Bullish Signals
In October 2018, it’s possible that the net growth of entities spiked because many were hoping that $6,000 would be the bitcoin bear market bottom. This time it’s different because the top cryptocurrency looks awfully strong.
Fundstrat’s Thomas Lee shared on Twitter that bitcoin is trading above its 200-day moving average. This is essentially a signal that the coin is entering the bull territory.
I believe that the prevailing bullish sentiment will foster the growth of new entities. If history is any indication, bitcoin’s price could be poised for a breakout.
Disclaimer: The above should not be considered trading advice from CCN.com. The writer owns bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.