Bitcoin's Rise Driven by Institutional Trading, Says Research and Investor Sentiment

The cryptocurrency bitcoin is trading at an all-time high relative to its social activity, explains the crypto research firm Tie. The analysts at Tie believe the ratio indicates that bitcoin is being driven by institutional trading. Meanwhile, statistics from Google Trends shows the terms “bitcoin” and “buy bitcoin” dropped from the 100 point highs to 65 on June 14, 2020.

Tie Research: ‘Market Cap Increasing More Than Social Media Activity May Suggest Bitcoin Is Now More Driven by Institutional Trading’

This week the research firm the Tie tweeted about bitcoin’s (BTC) social activity to the company’s 6,300 Twitter followers. The company thinks that institutional interest and trading is a driving force right now. “Bitcoin is trading at an all-time high (ATH) relative to its social activity,” the Tie tweeted on Thursday.

“Increasing NVTweet Ratio may suggest BTC is now more driven by institutional trading as market cap is increasing faster than social volume. NVTweet Ratio = Market Cap / 1M / 30Day Average Tweet Volume,” the researchers added.

Bitcoin's Rise Driven by Institutional Trading, Says Research and Investor Sentiment
The Tie researchers data on “Increasing NVTweet Ratio.”

A number of speculators believe that institutional interest has been involved with the cryptocurrency market ecosystem for quite some time now.

On Friday, one of the top banking firms in Japan, Nomura launched it’s highly anticipated custody service for the company’s institutional clientele. The service called “Komainu” is a partnership between Nomura and Coinshares and Ledger. Moreover, the research team at Fidelity Digital Assets revealed in a recent report that out of 800 institutional investors worldwide, 36% have invested in crypto assets.

Billionaire Investor and Galaxy Digital Founder Mike Novogratz: ‘This Is the Time for Bitcoin’

Discussing the subject of institutional interest toward bitcoin (BTC) with the fintech journalist Paddy Baker, Galaxy Digital founder Mike Novogratz said his company would “suck” if institutional investors don’t come around.

Bitcoin's Rise Driven by Institutional Trading, Says Research and Investor Sentiment
Galaxy Digital founder Mike Novogratz.

“Bitcoin specifically is a story about adoption,” the billionaire Novogratz told Baker. “And the next big group that’s going to adopt bitcoin as a store of value, as a digital gold, are the financial advisers.”

On June 12, Novogratz also appeared in an AIM Summit video broadcast sponsored by Invictus Capital and said:

This is the time for bitcoin.

Google Trends Shows Retail Interest Sees a Lull

It may have something to do with the coronavirus economy, but retail investor-based interest in digital assets seems to be lacking these days. Google Trends data shows that the searched term “bitcoin” is lower than it was on the week of May 10 through the 16th. At that time, the term “bitcoin” had a score of 80 out of 100 points.

Today, Google Trends (GT) shows the number tied to the term has dipped to 44 points. The phrase “buy bitcoin” used to be at the highest level of 100 on that same May 10-16 week, but today “buy bitcoin” is around 66 points for GT data.

Bitcoin's Rise Driven by Institutional Trading, Says Research and Investor Sentiment
Google Trends (GT) data for Friday, June 19, 2020, is 66 points. On the week of May 10-16, the “buy bitcoin” phrase touched 100 points.

On Thursday, covered a number of economists and macro traders on Twitter who are extremely optimistic toward bitcoin’s future performance. The “bitcoin price target is set at five times the prior high,” explains a Finsmes crypto market analysis on June 18.

“Finally, bitcoin is no longer an asset that exists solely in the digital universe. Instead, bitcoin futures trade alongside other commodities on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Institutional investors are taking a bigger interest in bitcoin and the broader cryptocurrency industry,” the Finsmes bitcoin price analysis further noted on Thursday.

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Jamie Redman

Jamie Redman is the News Lead at News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,000 articles for News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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