Institutional Adoption Increases Despite Crypto Winter

Shanny Basar
Institutional Adoption Increases Despite Crypto Winter

Accounts above 10,000 Bitcoins have seen an increase in accumulation during the current bear market, which is likely due to increased institutional adoption according to CryptoCompare, an FCA authorised and regulated digital asset data provider

CryptoCompare said in a report, Q4 Crypto Outlook: Is This Bear Market Different ?, that in the last bear market in 2017 all holders across different wallet sizes were panic-selling. 

“In this bear market, we have seen a consistent accumulation in almost all accounts,” added CryptoCompare. “Accounts above 10,000 Bitcoins have seen an increase which is likely due to increased institutional adoption.”

Another difference is that average daily volume during the last bear market was $12bn, while current average daily volumes have risen $78bn. CryptoCompare noted that derivative futures volumes have fallen less than spot volumes during this bear market. Futures volumes have dropped 23.8% to $2.9 trillion since peak volumes in November 2021, compared to a 43.4% decline in spot markets to $1.56 trillion.

“Given the high amount of speculation in digital asset markets, it is unsurprising that derivatives have not seen as much of a decline as spot volumes,” said the report.

CryptoCompare defined bear markets as sustained periods of price drops, usually triggered by a 30% decline. So far this year the market capitalization of digital assets has dropped 60.3%, with Bitcoin’s price falling 73.2%.

“Despite the significant drop, it is possible that we have not yet seen this cycle’s bottom given worsening macroeconomic conditions that will impact risk assets,” said CryptoCompare.

Peter Johnson, co-head of venture at Brevan Howard Digital, also highlighted the increased institutional involvement in crypto:

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