Charles Edwards, the mastermind behind the Bitcoin Hash Ribbons signal and founder of Capriole Investments, sounded the alarm. The famous analyst warns that the Hash Ribbons capitulation signal has just flashed, a phenomenon that has historically accompanied moments of distress for BTC miners.
As outlined by Edwards, Bitcoin’s hash rate experienced an astonishing and seemingly unsustainable 50% increase in 2023. However, this meteoric rise came to a sudden slowdown, which led to the surrender signal of Hash Ribbons appearing. Via Twitter, Edwards emphasized that the signal is neither a clear sell signal nor a buy indicator. But it requires prudent risk management until a renewed price rally:
We have a Hash Ribbon surrender. AKA a slowdown in the growth of Bitcoin’s Hash Rate after which there was an incredible (unsustainable) 50% increase in 2023. Hash Ribbons surrender is not a sell signal, but it is not bullish either. Risk management guaranteed until growth resumes.
Market analyst Lukasz Wydra confirms Edwards’ stance, indicating that the death cross of Bitcoin hash ribbons is a signal of a time of uncertainty. Wydra revealed that historically, there have been 14 similar incidents, each leading to different outcomes. Among these events, three resulted in rallies, six led to lateral movements, and five triggered declines.
Wydra takes a statistical approach and reassures investors that, statistically speaking, the surrender of Hash Ribbons does not cause significant damage to the market. In fact, he emphasizes that when the capitulation finally subsides, it will introduce a strong buy signal that has shown remarkable effectiveness in the past.
The last time the Hash Ribbons surrender signal appeared was at the end of November 2022. It was followed by a prolonged sideways trend for more than a month until the buy signal flashed in early January. The result? Bitcoin started a furious rally, etching a memorable start to the year.
Why Bitcoin Hash Ribbons Are Such a Powerful Tool
In simple terms, the Hash Ribbon indicator is designed to detect periods when BTC miners face hardship and possible surrender. These phases tend to coincide with major dips in the price of Bitcoin, making them attractive buying opportunities for savvy investors.
Miners play a crucial role in securing the Bitcoin network and processing transactions. During periods of rapid price increases followed by sharp pullbacks, some miners may find it financially challenging to continue their operations, leading them to shut down their mining rigs.
Charles Edwards explains that when miners surrender, it could be the most powerful buy signal observable in the Bitcoin market. However, the indicator does not claim to time the exact bottom of the price. Instead, it identifies periods when miners shut down their rigs due to adverse market conditions, leading to drops in hash rates.
These moments often correspond to macro bottoms in the price of Bitcoin, making them opportune moments to accumulate Bitcoin.
At press time, BTC was trading near the range low at $29,863.
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