Bitcoin: “Crowded Trades” Can End Badly. Here’s How to Spot One.

June 26, 2021

Cryptos can hugely reward, yet just as swiftly — punish

By Elliott Wave International

The phrase “bank run” tends to conjure up images of the 1930’s Great Depression.

However, that phrase is now applicable to the 2021 world of cryptos.

This is from a June 17 coindesk.com article:

A near-total collapse in the price of a share token of a decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol was “the world’s first large-scale crypto bank run,” the people behind Iron Finance said in a blog post providing a postmortem. The run brought the worth of the protocol down from $2 billion to near zero on [June 16].

It all started when “a series of large holders tried to redeem their IRON tokens and sell their iron titanium (TITAN), the token of the Iron Protocol.” In other words, a lot of people were headed for the exit door at the same time.

Of course, that has a parallel to a “bank run,” when throngs of depositors want to take their money out of the bank all at once.


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So, like with other exceptionally volatile markets, cryptos can hugely reward, but just as quickly — punish.

Indeed, the June Global Market Perspective, an Elliott Wave International monthly publication which provides forecasts for 50+ worldwide markets, showed this chart and said:

So-called altcoins, dash, litecoin and ethereum, rallied until May 7, May 10 and May 12, respectively. Then they crashed. Various other indicators also pressed on. According to a Bank of America monthly survey, fund managers were never as enamored with bitcoin as they were in the first few days of May. The result of its poll of 194 managers showed that bitcoin was the “most crowded trade,” with 43% saying they were long bitcoin.

Mind you, this chart published on May 28 and you probably know that cryptocurrency volatility has persisted since.

The question now is: What’s next for cryptocurrencies?

Well, here’s commentary from the June 11 U.S. Short Term Update, a thrice weekly Elliott Wave International publication which offers near-term analysis for key U.S. financial markets, that might surprise you:

Decentralized finance and cryptocurrencies may be the wave of the future, but the odds are low that it will be led by bitcoin, or even include it. Investors have come to view the current conditions as normal, but they’re anything but.

You can find our latest commentary on cryptocurrencies, plus Elliott wave analysis, in our Global Market Perspective.

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This article was syndicated by Elliott Wave International and was originally published under the headline Bitcoin: “Crowded Trades” Can End Badly. Here’s How to Spot One.. EWI is the world’s largest market forecasting firm. Its staff of full-time analysts led by Chartered Market Technician Robert Prechter provides 24-hour-a-day market analysis to institutional and private investors around the world.