On-chain data shows that 44.2% of all Ethereum investors are now carrying their coins at a loss, a sign that the bottom may be close for the asset.
Ethereum Percentage Of Holders In Loss Has Surged Recently
According to data from the market intelligence platform IntoTheBlock, the percentage of ETH investors in loss has grown sharply since early July. The relevant indicator here is the firm’s “Historical In/Out of the Money,” which tells us about the percentage of Ethereum investors in profits and losses and those that are just breaking even.
The metric determines whether an investor is in profit or loss by looking at their address history to check for the average price at which they acquired their coins. Naturally, if the asset’s current spot price is less than a holder’s cost basis, then that particular holder is carrying their coins at a net profit.
Similarly, the cost basis being equal to and less than the spot price would imply that the investor is breaking even on their investment and holding at a loss, respectively.
Now, here is a chart that shows the trend in the Historical In/Out of the Money indicator for Ethereum over the past few years:
The value of the metric seems to have been going up in recent weeks | Source: IntoTheBlock on X
IntoTheBlock has only listed the data for the Ethereum investors in losses, as this is the number of interest in the current discussion. The combined percentage of the investors breaking even and carrying profits can also be deduced from this value, as the total percentage must add up to 100%.
In early July, Ethereum holders underwater were at about 27%. It’s visible in the graph, however, that the indicator has observed a notable uplift since then, as the price of the cryptocurrency has registered a drawdown.
Today, the indicator’s value is at 44.2%, meaning that almost half of the Ethereum user base is holding their coins at losses. Generally, the more the investors get into profits, the more likely they become to sell to harvest those gains.
Due to this reason, corrections in the asset become more probable to form whenever an extreme majority of the market is enjoying profits. A large percentage of the holders being in losses instead, however, can have the opposite effect on the price since they can lead towards bottoms as profit sellers become exhausted.
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Since the start of the bear market last year, the highest the metric’s value has gone is 50%, implying that exactly half of the investors had been in losses back then. This value isn’t too far off from the current one, suggesting that Ethereum may be close to forming a bottom.
If a similar loss percentage is hit with the bottom this time, ETH would first suffer from some more downtrend so that enough investors drop underwater.
Ethereum has continued to move flat recently; as of this writing, it trades at about $1,600.
Looks like ETH is still struggling to find any volatility | Source: ETHUSD on TradingView
Featured image from Kanchanara on Unsplash.com, charts from TradingView.com, IntoTheBlock.com