Market Wrap: Crypto Sentiment Improves, Though Risk Remains as Russia Plays Down Peace Talks

Bitcoin's Fear & Greed Index is at its highest level since November. Altcoins outperform.

AccessTimeIconMar 30, 2022 at 8:22 p.m. UTC

Damanick was a crypto market analyst at CoinDesk where he wrote the daily Market Wrap and provided technical analysis. He is a Chartered Market Technician designation holder and member of the CMT Association. Damanick is also a portfolio strategist and does not invest in digital assets.

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Bitcoin (BTC) traded in a tight range between $46,000 and $47,000 during the New York trading day as geopolitical risk kept some buyers on the sidelines.

On Wednesday, Russian diplomats stated that peace talks with Ukraine haven't reached a turning point. Meanwhile, fighting intensified between the two nations, which contributed to an uptick in oil and gold prices.

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Still, most alternative cryptocurrencies (altcoins) outperformed bitcoin on Wednesday, which suggests traders are still comfortable with additional risk. For example, AAVE and Solana's SOL token rose by as much as 7% over the past 24 hours, compared with a 1% gain in bitcoin over the same period.

Latest prices

Bitcoin (BTC): $47,107, −1.32%

Ether (ETH): $3,399, −1.01%

S&P 500 daily close: $4,602, −0.63%

Gold: $1,940 per troy ounce, +1.47%

Ten-year Treasury yield daily close: 2.36%


Bitcoin, ether and gold prices are taken at approximately 4pm New York time. Bitcoin is the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (XBX); Ether is the CoinDesk Ether Price Index (ETX); Gold is the COMEX spot price. Information about CoinDesk Indices can be found at coindesk.com/indices.

Sentiment improves

The bitcoin Fear & Greed Index entered "greed" territory, which indicates bullish sentiment among crypto traders.

The index is at its highest level this year, but is still below peak levels of "extreme greed" seen last November. That suggests further room for investor sentiment to improve, especially if BTC's price recovery is sustained.

Over the past few months, however, sentiment readings have been erratic as BTC declined by as much as 50% and then stabilized in a trading range, albeit with 20% price swings. It is very difficult to get a clear reading on crypto sentiment, especially during times of market stress.

"Market participants should keep in mind that every time we have shown the slightest sign of greed this spring, the market has slammed us back into a fearful state," Arcane Research wrote in a report.

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Bitcoin Fear & Greed Index (Arcane Research, Alternative.me))

Bitcoin dominance fades

Bitcoin's market capitalization relative to the total crypto market cap, or the "dominance ratio," dipped below its 50-day moving average, which means altcoins are starting to outperform.

Typically, a declining bitcoin dominance ratio indicates a greater appetite for risk among crypto investors. In contrast, a rising dominance ratio signals a flight to safety as investors reduce their exposure to altcoins, which have a greater risk profile than bitcoin.

For now, the dominance ratio is stabilizing after a sharp decline last year. A base of around 40% is seen in the chart below, which is above the previous low of 35% reached in 2018.

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Bitcoin's dominance ratio (Damanick Dantes/CoinDesk, TradingView)

Altcoin roundup

  • Aave’s token rockets 97% since upgrade strengthened DeFi capabilities: Aave’s native token has surged nearly 97% since the protocol's version 3 (v3) upgrade earlier this month. Aave rose almost 33% on Tuesday as demand for its tokens increased among traders. Open interest on AAVE-tracked futures – or the total number of contracts held by market participants – hovers at $210 million, while DeFi (decentralized finance) trackers show value locked on Aave increased 10% in the past week to $14 billion. Read more here.
  • Filecoin’s storage deals: While decentralized storage is still in its early days, the Filecoin ecosystem has been expanding over the years. Various use cases have emerged, including non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Web 3, gaming, metaverse and audio/video. Users pay Filecoin fees to store data, and the prices are determined by supply and demand. To incentivize storage providers to participate, Filecoin rewards them with the network's native token (FIL). Read more from Messari here.
  • Women-led DAO tackles lack of gender diversity in crypto: H.E.R. DAO is a woman-led decentralized autonomous organization that is focusing on increasing gender diversity in the blockchain industry. The group has sponsored "Hacker Houses" for women developers across the world. Read more here.

Relevant reads

Other markets

Digital assets in the CoinDesk 20 ended the day higher.

Largest winners:

Asset Ticker Returns Sector
Solana SOL +6.4% Smart Contract Platform
EOS EOS +2.6% Smart Contract Platform
Litecoin LTC +1.9% Currency

Largest losers:

Asset Ticker Returns Sector
Filecoin FIL −4.2% Computing
Internet Computer ICP −1.9% Computing
Dogecoin DOGE −1.5% Currency

Sector classifications are provided via the Digital Asset Classification Standard (DACS), developed by CoinDesk Indices to provide a reliable, comprehensive, and standardized classification system for digital assets. The CoinDesk 20 is a ranking of the largest digital assets by volume on trusted exchanges.

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Damanick was a crypto market analyst at CoinDesk where he wrote the daily Market Wrap and provided technical analysis. He is a Chartered Market Technician designation holder and member of the CMT Association. Damanick is also a portfolio strategist and does not invest in digital assets.

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Damanick was a crypto market analyst at CoinDesk where he wrote the daily Market Wrap and provided technical analysis. He is a Chartered Market Technician designation holder and member of the CMT Association. Damanick is also a portfolio strategist and does not invest in digital assets.

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