Bitcoin index tips into ‘extreme greed’ as market holds breath for ETFs

    2024.01.09 | exchangesranking | 111onlookers

    The Crypto Fear and Greed Index has tipped into the “extreme greed” zone as the industry awaits with bated breath for an approved spot Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF).

    According to the Crypto Fear & Greed Index, Bitcoin’s market sentiment score is currently at 76 out of a possible 100 — its highest score since Bitcoin hovered around its highest price of $69,000 in mid-November 2021.

    Crypto Fear & Greed Index score as of Jan. 9. Source: Alternative.me

    The Bitcoin sentiment index briefly tipped into “extreme greed” on Dec. 5 at a score of 75. Bitcoin broke the $40,000 mark on Dec. 4 and surged to $44,000 a day later.

    Before that, the index went to “extreme greed” on Nov. 11, 2021, when it recorded a score of 77. Bitcoin reached its all-time high price only a day earlier, according to data 

    Crypto Fear & Greed Index scores over the last 12 months. Source: Alternative.me

    The Crypto Fear and Greed Index gathers and weighs data from six market key performance indicators — volatility (25%), market momentum and volume (25%), social media (15%), surveys (15%), Bitcoin’s dominance (10%) and trends (10%) — to score market sentiment each day.

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    When BlackRock filed for a spot Bitcoin ETF on June 15, the market sentiment score sat at 41, within the “Fear” zone — but the score spiked to 59 (the “Greed” zone) six days later when several other asset management followed BlackRock’s lead.

    The highest market sentiment score recorded was 95 on June 26, 2019, while the lowest-ever score recorded was seven on June 16, 2022, after the collapse of Do Kwon’s Terra ecosystem.

    Bitcoin’s price surged to $47,175 late on Jan. 8 before cooling off to $46,850 at the time of writing, according to CoinGecko.

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