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A Quantified Look At The Monetization Of Bitcoin

Realized market capitalization of bitcoin is one of the best ways to quantify the monetization process and the metric is showing re-accumulation.

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Realized Market Capitalization Trends

Today, we’re providing an in-depth breakdown of realized market capitalization. Traditional asset classes along with bitcoin itself are often quoted in terms of their market capitalization, which is calculated by finding the product of price and circulating supply. With bitcoin, and the introduction of a completely transparent set of property rights, you can calculate the realized market capitalization, which values each unit of supply at the price it was last moved across the network.The realized market capitalization of bitcoin is one of the best ways to quantify the monetization process of the asset, as the infamous volatility of the asset is seemingly only occurring to the upside. The fluctuations in the exchange rate are not nearly as volatile as the gradual-then-sudden appreciation of the realized market value of the asset.

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The realized market capitalization of bitcoin is one of the best ways to quantify the monetization process of the asset, as the infamous volatility of the asset is seemingly only occurring to the upside. The fluctuations in the exchange rate are not nearly as volatile as the gradual-then-sudden appreciation of the realized market value of the asset.

Bitcoin realized market capitalization drawdown since 2012

Currently the realized cap of bitcoin is $467 billion, a mere 0.20% off of its all-time high. Despite falling by more than 50% off of the highs since November, the realized market value of bitcoin has only fallen from peak to trough by 2.62%.

A closer look at Bitcoin realized market capitalization drawdown since December 2019

A thread written in December 2021 covers this dynamic extensively, citing the patterns of realized price during bitcoin market cycles.

We can also break down realized capitalization into different cohorts including long- and short-term holders. Under the surface, we’re seeing the largest drawdown in long-term holder realized capitalization in bitcoin’s history.

Although long-term holder supply is fairly neutral since the start of the year, up 0.6% as accumulation and coins aging into this group continues, the data shows that there’s been plenty of selling too. Long-term holders realized capitalization and realized price falls as coins with higher cost basis are sold. This lowers the overall average cost basis which is down 11.49% over the last 30 days.

Long-term bitcoin holders realized market capitalization drawdown since 2012
Long-term bitcoin holders realized market capitalization drawdown since January 2020
30-day percentage change in Bitcoin realized price for long term holders.

With this data and the process by which long-term holders are quantified, the class of 2021 holders that recently aged into the cohort are the ones moving their holdings.

Re-accumulation has been our base case since the start of Q1 2022, and the state of these metrics continue to support that market outlook despite the recent rise in long-term holder selling pressure.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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