Bitcoin (BTC) bears misplaced out on the final minute as 2021 got here to an finish — and consensus is constructing round China once more being the explanation for weak point.

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BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Supply: TradingView

China “final hammer” might now present optimism on BTC

Hours earlier than the yearly shut, BTC/USD dived $2,000 to lows of $45,630 on Bitstamp earlier than a modest restoration drew a line underneath 2021 at $47,200, knowledge from Cointelegraph Markets Professional and TradingView reveals.

Whereas one thing of an anticlimax and much beneath many fashionable projections, the dearth of parabolic upside for Bitcoin has just lately seen explanations shift to exchanges.

Chinese language customers, following years of the federal government tightening the screws round crypto buying and selling, had till Dec. 31 to go away the most important Chinese language exchanges, which have been obliged to deregister them.

For Bobby Lee, former CEO of alternate BTCC, this constitutes the “final hammer” in Beijing’s arsenal and one which might have been having a substantial influence on promoting habits.

“Perhaps that’s why the hotly anticipated yr finish bull market hasn’t taken off but,” he argued in a sequence of tweets on the matter in early December.

“Ready for the final hammer to drop in China! Anticipate a mini-correction when the enforcement information will get out, after which a aid rally that might deliver us again on observe for an actual Bitcoin bull market.”

Different voices supported the idea, whereas this week, Blockstream additionally acknowledged the potential stress from offloading Chinese language customers, who could possibly be promoting their BTC with a purpose to withdraw capital — resulting in rising balances.

It’s additionally a possible purpose for optimism going ahead because the Chinese language alternate overhang can be cleared from the tip of this month.

“I feel this most likely explains why we’ve seen Bitcoin sometimes commerce weaker over Asia hours vs US and European hours,” Blockstream analyst Jesse Knutson wrote within the agency’s newest weekly publication.

“It’s additionally a possible purpose for optimism going ahead because the Chinese language alternate overhang can be cleared from the tip of this month.” 

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Bitcoin alternate BTC steadiness chart. Supply: Coinglass

Staying cool on vacation volatility

On shorter timeframes, skinny vacation liquidity might present another excuse to discard worth dips just like the one seen Friday.

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Previous to the return of Wall Road and institutional merchants, BTC worth motion general might present an unreliable impression of how the market will carry out subsequently.

2022, one forecast this week mentioned, ought to see a serious “flippening” of Bitcoin possession in favor of large-volume institutional merchants and away from retail.