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Weekend Bitcoin Volatility Hits Shockingly Low Levels

source-logo  u.today 24 September 2023 10:34, UTC

The cryptocurrency sector is experiencing an unusual phase marked by remarkably low volatility in Bitcoin, the leading digital currency.

Typically recognized for its sharp price fluctuations, Bitcoin is currently portraying stability not usually associated with the digital asset.

Investors and market analysts are closely observing this unforeseen tranquility, wondering whether it heralds a new period of stability for the cryptocurrency or is merely the calm before a more considerable storm.

Extremely low volatility

Cryptocurrency market commentators like Cryptarbitrage and Scott Melker have taken to social media to express their astonishment at Bitcoin's suppressed volatility, with the former noting that the at-the-money implied volatility (IV) is just about maintaining double digits.

It is currently hovering around 11%, with projections and questions arising about the possibility of it slipping below 10%. Over recent weekends, the market has been significantly quiet, a scenario described by Melker as "boring."

Volatility is a crucial aspect for traders as it offers the potential for profitable price movements, but the current scenario is causing traders to reconsider their strategies.

Bearish calm

Interestingly, there is a common association between lower volatility and bear markets, with suppressed price movements often occurring during times when prices are stagnant or in decline. As of now, Bitcoin is priced at approximately $26,567, with minor fluctuations within a $26,550 to $26,635 range over the past 24 hours.

However, it should be noted that such long periods of low volatility are usually followed by sharp price moves.