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Bitcoin down after the halving – is this price action normal?


The halving is a huge deal for Bitcoin, but it normally takes months for its affects to be felt.

The fourth halving has come and gone, not with a bang, but with a... whimper?

Given how much is made of the halving, you could be forgiven for expecting more fireworks in the immediate aftermath.

Instead, we've had more than a week of effectively nothing, with Bitcoin now down a few percent from its price at the time of the halving.

So is this cause for concern? Is the crypto bull run already over?

Is Bitcoin underperforming after the halving normal?

In a word, yes. As we've discussed before, Bitcoin's performance either side of the halving is a very mixed bag.

Over the longer term, the trend is much clearer, with Bitcoin performing exceptionally well in the 12-18 months after the halving.

But when would we expect that this time around?

Bitcoin's performance relative to halvings

bitcoin halving chart 2024
Image source: Stockmoney Lizards

According to analysis by Stockmoney Lizard (@StockmoneyL) on X/Twitter, it normally takes around 40 days from the halving for Bitcoin's price to accelerate upwards.

That would mean we'd be waiting until the end of May before Bitcoin makes a definitive move past its all-time high.

As Stockmoney Lizard says in their thread, "As you can see, after halving, the first thing that happens is... nothing. It usually takes a couple of weeks/months until the second part of the bull market kicks in."

Of course, the usual caveats still apply. There's absolutely no guarantee that Bitcoin will follow the same pattern this time around.

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