A Complete Guide to Bitcoin Technical Analysis
Latest Price News and Analysis
- Bitcoin Loses Important Lifeline That Got Bulls Blood Pumpingby Tony Spilotro on April 22, 2021 at 3:53 pm
Bitcoin price is back below $55,000, unable to keep its bullish momentum it had leading into the Coinbase Global listing. Since then, things have turned down. The fall back below $60,000 has with it also taken the coin below a critical life-saving support level that’s been untouched since late 2020. Bitcoin Loses Life-Saving Support Level,
- TA: Here’s How Ethereum Could Rally To New ATH Above $2,500by Aayush Jindal on April 22, 2021 at 5:08 am
Ethereum remained well bid and it climbed above the $2,400 level against the US Dollar. ETH price is showing positive signs and it might soon surge above USD 2,500. Ethereum gained pace and it cleared the $2,350 resistance zone. The price is now trading well above $2,350 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There
- TA: Bitcoin Stuck in Range, Here’s What Could Trigger More Lossesby Aayush Jindal on April 22, 2021 at 2:28 am
Bitcoin price is trading in a range below the $57,500 resistance against the US Dollar. BTC is likely to start a major decline if there is a clear break below the $53,500 support zone. Bitcoin is struggling to gain momentum above the $56,000 and $56,500 levels. The price is now trading well below $56,500 and
- Charted: Ripple (XRP) Could Rally Significantly If It Clears This Key...by Aayush Jindal on April 21, 2021 at 7:08 am
Ripple formed a support base above $1.16 and it is now rising against the US Dollar. XRP price could start a strong increase if it clears the main $1.50 resistance zone. Ripple is showing positive signs above the $1.20 and $1.30 resistance levels against the US dollar. The price is now trading well above $1.3500
- TA: Ethereum Reclaims 100 SMA, What Does This Means For the Bullsby Aayush Jindal on April 21, 2021 at 5:08 am
Ethereum remained strong above the $2,200 level and it climbed higher against the US Dollar. ETH price is back above the 100 hourly SMA and it is signaling more upsides above $2,400. Ethereum gained pace and it cleared the $2,300 resistance zone. The price is now trading well above $2,300 and the 100 hourly simple
- TA: Bitcoin Struggles Below $57K, Here’s Why 100 SMA Holds The Keyby Aayush Jindal on April 21, 2021 at 3:08 am
Bitcoin price is holding the $55,000 support zone against the US Dollar. BTC must clear the $57,000 resistance and the 100 hourly SMA to move into a positive zone. Bitcoin is somehow holding the $55,000 and $54,500 support levels. The price is now facing a strong resistance near $57,500 and the 100 hourly simple moving
- Potential Island Reversal Leaves Bitcoin Bulls Strandedby Tony Spilotro on April 20, 2021 at 9:03 pm
Months ago when Bitcoin price made it through $13,000 top analysts said “the train has left the station,” and they were right. Or maybe a rocketship would have been a better analogy. The cryptocurrency took off and has yet to refuel, until now. With momentum waning, bears have staged an “island reversal” that could push
- TA: Ethereum Resumes Decline, Here’s How The Bears Could Take Controlby Aayush Jindal on April 20, 2021 at 5:08 am
Ethereum failed to recover above the $2,300 resistance zone against the US Dollar. ETH price is moving lower and it is likely to accelerate lower below the $2,000 support. Ethereum failed to move above the $2,300 zone and started a fresh decline. The price is now trading well below $2,200 and the 100 hourly simple
- TA: Here’s Why Bitcoin Price Is Primed To Revisit $52K Supportby Aayush Jindal on April 20, 2021 at 3:08 am
Bitcoin price struggled to recover above $57,500 against the US Dollar. BTC is now declining and it remains at a risk of more downsides towards $52,000. Bitcoin is facing an uphill task above the $57,000 and $57,500 levels. The price is now trading well below the $57,000 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
- TA: Ethereum Corrects Losses, Here’s Why $2,300 Is A Major Hurdleby Aayush Jindal on April 19, 2021 at 4:08 am
Ethereum started a sharp downside correction below $2,400 and $2,300 against the US Dollar. ETH price is correcting losses, but it is likely to face sellers near $2,300. Ethereum declined heavily from well above $2,400 and tested the $2,000 zone. The price is now trading well below $2,300 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
- A new postby afbitcoins on February 12, 2019 at 10:26 pm
I just looked at my last blog post. It was written during the last bubble type spike up in progress (quite a while ago now, over a year?). With the price at about 7 or 8K I predicted at that time it might spike up to 13k (in US dollars). It was obvious to just
- Bitcoin segwitby afbitcoins on November 3, 2017 at 1:20 am
So bitcoin has broken $7000? Or has it? What is bitcoin? Is it the one with ticker symbol btc that everyone calls bitcoin? Do you remember when Satoshi Nakamoto published plans for the future scaling of bitcoin and said ” It would be goddamn brilliant to segregate the witness data the fuck out of the
- Crypto roundupby afbitcoins on June 1, 2017 at 11:47 pm
Measured against USDT (which is a proxy for US$ on the Poloniex exchange), on a 1 day chart we can see the explosive rise of Dash, which particularly in March this year, outperformed almost every other crypto including bitcoin as it spiked above $100 for the first time. Since then Dash has climbed even higher
- To the moooonby afbitcoins on May 24, 2017 at 10:07 am
With no analysis just a look at bitcoin on linear price scale. All time high smashed On another positive note for bitcoin agreement seems to have been reached on how to scale bitcoin, (spoiler alert its segwit and a 2M block) http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoins-new-scaling-agreement-reaction/ This is despite bitcoin market dominance falling below 50%! Heres Dash versus the
- Cryptomaniaby afbitcoins on May 4, 2017 at 8:48 pm
I think I’ve used this title for a blog post before, but meh, here it is again, with different content. This chart is the combined market cap of all the crypto currencies, ie Bitcoin, Etherium, Ripple, Litecoin, Dash and all the rest Since bitcoin is the biggest crypto it looks similar to a bitcoin chart
What is Technical Analysis?
Technical analysis (TA) is a methodology for forecasting future price movements by studying past market data for price and volume, and seeking patterns within that data.
A technical analyst will look for continuing patterns, or trends, which indicate the general direction of price movement. They will also look for repeating patterns, which are used to gauge whether a trend is likely to continue or reverse, and to indicate the point at which a reversal may take place. In addition to visually recognizable patterns, various mathematical models are used to indicate trend reversals or confirm continuing trends. These mathematical ‘indicators’ are often visually represented on charts using an ‘overlay’. Indicators can be used to select entry points for longer term positions determined via fundamental analysis, or for day trading strategies such as swing trading.
Many of these visual and mathematical patterns, which tend to repeat over and over again in various different financial markets, have been identified over the course of centuries. Analysts will seek to identify these patterns forming within current market data in order to find indicators for forecasting, and multiple indicators will usually be combined together to provide buy or sell signals of varying strengths.
A typical chart has been embedded at the top of this page which includes two common indicators – Bollinger bands and moving average lines – and one more interesting and unusual indicator: the phases of the moon. You can modify the chart to look for other indicators by clicking the button which looks like a bar chart with a zig-zag arrow above it.
Does it Work for Bitcoin & Altcoins?
The patterns studied by TA are generally caused by the actions of market participants themselves, rather than any changes to the underlying value of what is being traded (although of course the underlying value changes are ‘priced in’ by the market participants). They represent common psychological traits, the actions of people making decisions based on knowledge which comes into their possession, and so on. As such, these techniques can be applied to most financial markets.
It is generally thought, however, that these techniques do tend to break down in smaller markets with low volume and liquidity.
So it is probably safe to say that if technical analysis works at all, then it should work for Bitcoin. But is also true to say that it will be unreliable for smaller altcoin markets. This is not a hard rule, but a general guide. The most popular altcoins, or coins going through periods of high volume, may prove to be valid exceptions. It is down to the individual trader to make a judgement as to what extent these tools can be trusted for any specific market.
Top Resources for Bitcoin Technical Analysis by Experts
If you are new to this topic then perhaps the best thing that you can do is follow the analysis provided by established experts, both for making more educated investment decisions and for learning how to become a better analyst yourself. You can view some great articles published on news websites in the left hand column of this page, but for more detailed and timely information here are some of the best sources for professional analysts’ opinions on the Bitcoin price:
- XBT Social: For a monthly membership fee this site give you access to a daily analysis by professional traders, email alerts for sudden price movements, exclusive news stories, and access to an ‘exclusive community’ of other traders.
- BullBearAnalytics: A team of professional analysts provide paying members of this site with complete, actionable trade signals for both BTC and altcoins, a daily market update, and a more in-depth weekly report.
- BraveNewCoin Reports: This is a well-known information site which publishes regular reports covering sentiment, fundamental and technical analysis extended across a wide range of altcoin markets as well as BTC.
- TradingView: In addition to providing a range of charting tools you may find useful, TradingView allows its users to share their analysis with others. This is the only source in this section where you an view content for free, but please beware that not all of the authors are professional traders.
Analyst Opinion Summary
The widget you can see below displays the latest opinion of analysts on Investing.com with simple signals of ‘Strong Buy’, ‘Buy’, ‘Neutral’, ‘Sell’ and ‘Strong Sell’. It is automatically set to a 1 minute time Frame which probably won’t be very useful for most traders, but you can change that to display a longer period without leaving the page:
Bitcoin Technical Analysis Software: Charts and Tools
A handy charting tool created by TradingView is provided at the top of this page, and I wholeheartedly recommend you have a play with it if you haven’t already. But of course there are also many other useful charts and tools that you may like to use. Here are some of the best ones:
- Cryptowatch – This site allows you to view price data chart from a range of different exchanges for BTC/USD, BTC/EUR and BTC/CNY. They offer a range of different chart types including Heikin-Ashi, bar, line, mountain or candlestick, and access to a wide range of customizable indicators and overlays. If you create an account you can also connect it to the Bitfinex exchange API and use it as a complete trading platform.
- BTC-E – One of the most popular tools on the traditional financial markets is MetaTrader 4. This exchange allows you to use MT4 for Bitcoin trading.
- Bitcoin Charts – This site has a clean design and is easy to use, and offers a wide range of charts including candlestick, OHLC, closing, median, or typical price, and weighted close. You can view data from pretty much every BTC/fiat exchange with up to four indicators at a time.
- Quandl – If you want to go beyond price and volume data to look at things like the transaction and mining data then this is a great source of information with lots of different charts and the option to export data via API or download as CSV files.
- TradingView – You can see and use the charting tool from TradingView at the top of this page.
- BitcoinChain – An interesting combination of TA charting tools and block explorer for general network stats and transactions, which also pulls order books and latest trades from several top exchanges.
Best Free Sites to Start Learning Technical Analysis
There are loads of great resources available on the internet that you can access for free, to start your journey and learn all about TA. Here is a small selection of the best ones:
- Investopedia: The Basic of Technical Analysis – If you are a complete beginner then this is a great place to start. It will introduce you to the basic principles and terminology that you need to know, as well as some of the most popular chart types and indicators.
- Chart School – This free resource provided by the StockCharts.com website includes a huge amount of information on every aspect of TA.
- InvestTools – There are some really excellent paid courses here, but there are also several free classes which are well worth it for beginners.
- ProBitcoinTrading – Although not specifically related to just TA, this site offers some excellent general trading tips, including a free ebook as well as premium ebooks and consultancy services.