12 January 2021

TA Tuesday: Zooming out after a large move in prices

Patrick Heusser

Patrick Heusser

Head of Trading at Crypto Broker AG

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Good Morning!

So… hmm… prices went down?!?

Yes, they did, and when they move, they usually move fast. Before we dive into the charts, I just want to comment that from a market structure point of view a correction was desperately needed. The derivatives market has been overheated (with funding rates at elevated levels for a long period), and the term premium on the futures curve has been in the high 20% per annum range. The sell-off triggered a large number of liquidations (over $3 billion in three days), which were mainly overleveraged retail traders on Binance, Huobi, and OKEx. Open interest and trading volume in the bitcoin futures market is still growing (not like when we experienced the March 2020 sell-off debacle, though).

Everyone who follows my TA Tuesday reports knows that I usually zoom out when a large move happens. Therefore, let’s get going with the daily chart.

BTC$ (daily)
Ever since we broke through the $12.2k level, prices have not touched any of the Ichimoku cloud indicators. That is expected in a strong bull market: every dip or consolidation stop above the baseline. For long-term position holders, there is nothing to worry about.

BTC$ (4h)
The picture of this timeframe still looks strong, but we had a few incidences where we crossed the baseline and even penetrated the cloud. Only once very briefly did we break through the lower band of the cloud (11 December 2020).

Once again we encountered a correction that was deep enough to penetrate the cloud. I am expecting another penetration into the cloud when we see the sideways consolidation over the next few days. I’ll keep an eye on the baseline to determine the general short-term sentiment (below: bearish, above: bullish).

BTC$ (1h)
On this timeframe you can clearly see the scale of the correction. Since the $19.5k breakout, we have not seen such a sharp and deep correction. However, we have already made it back up above the baseline again.

Here are some general trading and risk management comments:

In terms of short-term positioning (1h) during this bull run, I have played the dangerous but pretty profitable game of “catch the falling knife”. I am already out of those trades (because I thought we would not be able to push back up through the baseline).

There is not much to say about the medium-term outlook (4h). If anything, I feel comfortable being slightly long for medium-term positions (as long we are above the baseline and above the cloud).

In terms of the long-term, I feel very comfortable with my longs. The $29k level is important and if broken to the downside, it could trigger aggressive selling pressure. The $42k level is a very clean local top, and, therefore, I think it will trigger more buying pressure when it is taken out. But we will have to check what the market structure is then and how the prices achieved both levels ($29k and $42k).

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