CoinDesk Indices Unveils Bitcoin Trend Indicator

The BTI is a daily signal that communicates the direction and strength of bitcoin's price trends through a purpose-built algorithm.

AccessTimeIconApr 13, 2023 at 4:14 p.m. UTC
Updated Apr 13, 2023 at 6:38 p.m. UTC

CoinDesk Indices, a CoinDesk subsidiary, is starting the Bitcoin Trend Indicator (BTI), an online tool to help investors determine where the price of bitcoin (BTC) is going.

BTI generates one of five possible values, each representing a particular direction and strength of bitcoin's price trend, ranging from significant downtrend to significant uptrend. It is generated via historical data from the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index (XBX), using a non-discretionary algorithm.

"We are excited to offer the Bitcoin Trend Indicator, which has been rigorously researched and constructed," Andy Baehr, CFA, managing director at CoinDesk Indices, said in a press release. "We designed the BTI to help identify trends in the price of bitcoin, assisting asset managers to create new dynamic products and helping investors make better-informed allocation decisions over a long-term horizon."

The BTI has been backtested over a five-year period using XBX data.

BTI can be used by asset managers and investors for long-only dynamic allocation strategies. Employing the widely used method of moving average crossovers, BTI’s algorithm identifies trends by comparing short-term price averages with their long-term counterparts.

According to CoinDesk Indices, a hypothetical BTI-directed portfolio of bitcoin and cash demonstrated reduced exposure during downturns – less “crypto winter” – in the cryptocurrency market, while still catching the market upswings.

BTI is one part of CoinDesk Indices’ portfolio, alongside the Digital Asset Classification Standard (DACS) and the CoinDesk Market Index (CMI).

"The BTI is for everyone," Baehr said. "It's a simple way to get a feeling for price momentum in bitcoin. For advisers and asset managers, it's a powerful tool to build rules-based strategies that can help their clients navigate crypto seasons."

UPDATE: (April 13, 16:40 UTC): Updates with links to website, press release.


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