The move off of the bottom started relatively calm, but has since gained extremely strong momentum. In many people's view the bottom is in. And to be real honest, I certainly think its possible. I really hope the bottom is in.
Bitcoin is its own animal so it can indeed have strong sustain moves. Especially since its still a young market.
However, I get concerned when the market moves up so fast with almost no retrace or consolidation. Why?
1. Generally big money doesn't FOMO in. Maybe a whale bought some at $8500 but this does not look like wall street coming in.
2. If its mostly retail buyers that are panicking back in, these people will be weak and susceptible to any kind of FUD.
3. When there is no consolidation, support is weak, so if we go down and support breaks, it can trigger strong selling
4. Most of the time, bull traps are aggressive like this.
This chart is bitcoin in 2014. History doesn't have to repeat and bitcoin is way different in 2018. However, it still shows you what can happen when a market forms a V bottom, never consolidates and never retests. Everyone rushes back in because they think the bull is back. Then you lose buyers and soon you get selling. People remember the recent sell off, get scared and start selling again.
Sideways consolidations pick up buyers and those buyers tend to protect their buy zones. So you need that to stop heavy selling. We don't have that yet and we need to build it.
I know a lot of people want to us go straight to $15k, but if we could trade between $8500 and $11000 for a few weeks, it would actually strengthen the move.
In , if this was a wave 3 then we need a nice big wave 4 triangle to help us build support.
If bitcoin goes straight to the , then gets some selling pressure, I worry that we just formed a classic bull trap. $7500 would be the line in the sand. If that got breached, I think panic would set in and the move up works like a coiled spring and it could easily drive bitcoin down to $3000.
Again, this isn't a prediction. It's a concern.
If this is going to be bullish, then I would expect to either make a big run to $12k area from this small pullback. Or we go down to .382 of the move up from $8300 and test that bottom bullish trend line before proceeding to $12k.
Breaking that trend line is not a big deal but it opens up the door for a bigger correction of the entire wave which could be as low as $8k. Lower than that and the bull trap has a chance to play out.
Something like this chart below would be incredibly healthy for the market.
1. Work our way down and finish a correction before heading higher.
2. Retest the small inverse head and shoulders then head to $12k form here.
3. The down move gets aggressive selling that quickly takes us below $9k.
My gut tells me that we are probably just going to pull back and head higher. But since my concern is a bull trap, I'm looking for heavy selling and price action to confirm my suspicion.
Again, I think we are just correcting and will head higher, but I want to be ready for a big move down.
Price action confirmed my suspicion that we could get heavy selling. As we can see we formed a HS and so far the selling is impulsive. This 3rd wave could go to $8800 or lower. We are at a support level now so would need to pick up buyers.
When markets move up without consolidating there are not enough buyers that would normally step and keep the market up. If we break $9700 there support is weak for awhile. We are on a TD2 on the daily, TD3 on the 4 hour chart so we could have 20 hours of selling if this is a 3rd wave that starts trending.
As I originally stated, this was a concern. Just because we got heavy selling, doesn't mean we make new lows. We want to be cautious and prepared and let the market let us know when its ready.
We did see some consolidation (albeit brief) around 10k, which would also be a strong psychological support.
But I’m with you, I’m super nervous about this being one big bull trap. Not sure about it- no one is, but the idea haunts us still.
The moment there is euphoria and people “know” what’s going to happen, that’s when they pull the rug out from under everyone.
Stay on your toes! Don’t let your guard down. I’m with you, I’d love a sexy bull run- but I am not willing to walk away from the market too long, as there is always the threat of major action popping off at any moment.
As a trader, I'm long and short throughout the day. I did end up shorting at $10500 in a free trade due the risk reward. And generally I wasn't heavy long from $9500 on.
As an investor I'm long bitcoin and alt coins. I'd rather see a bull market, but as I said, I'm concerned about this straight up move without consolidation.