Bitcoin’s (BTC) price action has been uneventful in the first few days of the new year and it continues to languish below the psychological level at $50,000. The Crypto Fear and Greed Index is in the fear zone registering a value of 29/100. 

On-chain analytics resource Ecoinometrics said stages of extreme fear rarely remain for long, which means “there is a limited downside at 30 days.”

Bitcoin continues to garner support from various quarters. Wharton School finance professor Jeremy Siegel said in an interview with CNBC that Bitcoin has replaced gold as an inflation hedge in the minds of Millennials.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

Savvy investors have been turning to Bitcoin to protect their portfolios against the possible debasement of fiat currencies. Hungarian-born billionaire Thomas Peterffy advocated putting 2% to 3% of one’s portfolio in crypto to hedge in case fiat “goes to hell.”

Could Bitcoin shed its range-bound action and start a trending move? Let’s study the charts of the top-10 cryptocurrencies to find out.

BTC/USDT

Bitcoin’s failure to rise above the 20-day exponential moving average (EMA) ($48,449) suggests that bears are selling on every minor rally. Both moving averages are sloping down and the relative strength index (RSI) is in the negative zone, indicating advantage to bears.

BTC/USDT daily chart. Source: TradingView

The bears will now try to sink the price below the strong support at $45,456. If they succeed, it will suggest the resumption of the down-move. The BTC/USDT pair could first drop to the Dec. 4 intraday…


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