Following the Bitcoin and wider crypto crash, investors in the market are now more fearful than they were during Black Thursday in March 2020.
The “fear and greed index” is an indicator that tells us about the general market sentiment among crypto investors right now.
The metric uses a numeric scale that runs from zero to hundred for representing this sentiment. All values of the index below fifty imply that investors are fearful at the moment, while those above the threshold mean they are currently greedy.
Indicator values of more than 75 and less than 25 signify sentiments of extreme greed and extreme fear, respectively.
Now, here is a chart from the weekly Arcane Research report from yesterday that shows the trend in the crypto fear and greed index over the past year:
As you can see in the above graph, the crypto fear and greed index has been in the “extreme fear” territory for a while now.
In fact, this streak of extreme fear, which has been running for 57 straight days now, is the longest the indicator has ever observed.
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Also, at the time the report was released (which is yesterday), the index had a value of 8, which was the lowest value since March 2021.
This sentiment was actually worse than the Black Thursday event from back then (which occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Today, the crypto fear and greed index has further dropped in value, now showing just 7.
Historically, extreme fear periods have been when coins like Bitcoin have bottomed out, and extreme greed stretches has been when tops have tended to form.
Because of this, some investors consider very low sentiment values to be ideal buying opportunities. As Warren Buffet’s famous quote says, “be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.”
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The report notes, however, that while buying has been profitable in such times before, catching a falling knife like now isn’t an easy task.
At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s price floats around $21.1k, down 30% in the last seven days. Over the past month, the crypto has lost 30% in value.
The below chart shows the trend in the price of the coin over the last five days.