The Glassnode Alerts on-chain data provider has shared the Number of Spent Outputs with Lifespan 1y-2y (7d MA) metric that might give the market a hint about the source of the main selling pressure that is currently driving Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies down.
Number of Spent Outputs metric
The Glassnode indicator is designed to determine the number of outputs from Bitcoin wallets with different lifespans. The Lifespan setting allows users to determine whether spent outputs are "old" or "young."
? #Bitcoin $BTC Number of Spent Outputs with Lifespan 1y-2y (7d MA) just reached a 1-month high of 360.482— glassnode alerts (@glassnodealerts) December 28, 2021
Previous 1-month high of 307.060 was observed on 19 December 2021
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While "young" spenders might not have the same effect on the market as "old" spenders. Short-term holders are usually the ones who entered the asset shortly before selling it in order to generate moderate revenue by holding the asset for a moderate time.
"Old" spenders, on the other hand, are usually the ones who move or change trends on the market since their position is more likely to be significantly bigger and have more impact on the market. In this case, the "old" spenders rate has spiked significantly by breaking the one-month record.
History of "old" coins being spent
According to the historical data from the metric, the higher spending rate of "old" entities almost always correlates with a negative price action on the cryptocurrency market. The spending spike tracked on Nov. 11 was more likely the catalyst of the 28% retrace of Bitcoin observed by the market today.
Lowering spending rates are usually considered signals of accumulation periods in which mid- or long-term investors prefer increasing their positions or general holdings. The metric is often used with exchange reserves and outflows. Both of these metrics are still showing low inflow rates and reserves, which indicates that the market has not fully reversed.