A quant has pointed out the similarities between the 2017 and 2021 Bitcoin cycles, something that could hint at how the rest of this bear market might play out.
Both 2017 And 2021 Bitcoin Cycles Saw New Lows Around The 365-Day Mark Since The Top
As explained by an analyst in a CryptoQuant post, the two cycles are more similar than one might expect them to be.
The indicator of relevance here is the “drawdown from ATH,” which measures the percentage decrease in the price of Bitcoin following the all-time high during each cycle.
Here is a chart that shows the trend in this metric for the 2017 and 2021 cycles:
Looks like the current cycle hasn’t gone as deep as the previous one yet | Source: CryptoQuant
In the above graph, the start point for the 2017 Bitcoin cycle drawdown is in the December of 2017, when the all-time high of the period was set.
Following this top, the price of the crypto took a sharp plunge until around when the drawdown from the ATH had reached a value between 65-70%.
After reaching these drawdown values, the price started to stabilize, and ran sideways for about 110 days.
Then, however, in the November of 2018 the value of Bitcoin suddenly collapsed, and kept declining until the bottom was reached around 365 days following the ATH.
As for the current 2021 cycle, the top formed last November, and since then the price has been dropping off. The chart shows the path this drawdown has taken so far.
While the decline isn’t exactly the same in the two cycles, there is still a striking similarity between them.
Just like in the previous cycle, Bitcoin plunged hard following the top, until the drawdown from the ATH hit a value of 70%.
The crypto’s price then consolidated flat similar to in the previous cycle, and then at around the 365-day mark, BTC made a new low after plunging in a similar fashion to the November 2018 crash.
So far this cycle has resembled the previous one, but it’s uncertain at the moment whether it will continue to do so in the rest of the bear or not.
If it indeed follows a similar trend from here on, then the quant believes there would still be another 100 days of sideways movement left (in which the cycle bottom will be formed) before the end of the bear.
At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s price floats around $16.5k, down 20% in the last week.
The value of the crypto seems to have been moving sideways recently | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView
Featured image from Jonathan Borba on Unsplash.com, charts from TradingView.com, CryptoQuant.com