Crypto Markets Analysis: Decline in Bitcoin Transfers Underlines Investor Optimism

Declines in net transfer volume suggest investors are holding on to their BTC.

AccessTimeIconFeb 7, 2023 at 10:01 p.m. UTC

Bitcoin transfers to and from crypto exchanges have fallen, signaling that markets remain cautiously optimistic about the market.

A breakdown of net transfer volume by size shows that both deposits and withdrawals to and from exchanges have decreased recently, despite bitcoin's price uptick this year. The data suggests that investors are still weighing the latest, sometimes conflicting economic indicators but are also upbeat enough to hold onto their BTC instead of placing it on exchanges to trade.

Net transfer volume, which was recently updated by analytics firm Glassnode, presents a visual snapshot of coins sent to or removed from centralized exchanges, categorized by size. By looking at past trends it can help market observers determine what investors are likely to do in the future.

In May 2022, net transfer volumes spiked above 40,000, which ultimately preceded a 37% decline in BTC price from $30,380 to $19,000. Conversely, the decline to $19,000 accompanied a withdrawal of close to 60,000 bitcoin.

Bitcoin: Net transfer volume from/to exchanges by size (Glassnode)
Bitcoin: Net transfer volume from/to exchanges by size (Glassnode)

The movement of coins on and off of exchanges is not a cause of price movement as much as it reflects investor sentiment. As investors begin to fear price declines, they tend to send more BTC to exchanges. The opposite occurs when investors are bullish.

The recent drop implies that investors may be reluctant to make a call in either direction at the moment.

Bitcoin’s has risen about 38% year to date and 44% over the last 90 days. As a result, many traders could take profits. The absence of a sharp increase in BTC deposits to exchanges should be an encouraging sign for bullish investors.

In short, prices have spiked, investors seem content for the moment, and action has stalled accordingly. Volatility has also narrowed, with the Average True Range (ATR) for BTC falling 13% over the last five trading days.

Trading volume for BTC has also declined, falling below its 20-day moving average for five consecutive trading days, and in eight of the last 10.


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that covers the cryptocurrency industry. Its journalists abide by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by the Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, digital assets exchange. The Bullish group is majority-owned by; both companies have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary with an editorial committee to protect journalistic independence. CoinDesk employees, including journalists, may receive options in the Bullish group as part of their compensation.

Glenn Williams

Glenn C Williams Jr, CMT is a Crypto Markets Analyst with an initial background in traditional finance. His experience includes research and analysis of individual cryptocurrencies, defi protocols, and crypto-based funds. He owns BTC, ETH, UNI, DOT, MATIC, and AVAX