Why Is The Bitcoin Price Not Rising?
Why Is The Bitcoin Price Not Rising?

Bitcoin has repeatedly tried to reach a new all-time high in recent months, but without success. This situation leads to questions and uncertainty within the crypto community.

In this article, we shed light on the various factors causing Bitcoin to remain stuck and analyze what to expect in the future.

Market Volatility and Selling Walls

For about 100 days, Bitcoin has been fluctuating between 60,000 and 70,000 US dollars, with occasional breakouts that are repeatedly stopped by strong sell walls. These walls are created by massive sell orders that prevent Bitcoin from moving upwards. Despite significant investments, for example through ETFs, Bitcoin remains trapped in its price range.

Causes of the sell walls

Selling demand is influenced by various factors. One of the main reasons is the uncertainty in the traditional markets and the reaction of the US Federal Reserve (Fed) to economic data. Any announcement or change in interest rate policy leads to market reactions that also influence the crypto market.

The role of the Fed and the traditional markets

The Fed’s recent decisions, particularly the FOMC meeting, have shown that the interest rate landscape is developing differently than expected. Despite good economic data, such as a relatively low unemployment rate and rising earnings, uncertainty remains. The Fed has changed its forecasts for interest rate cuts, which has led to short-term market reactions.

Interest rate changes and their impact

The announcement that there will be fewer interest rate cuts this year than originally expected has led to a short-term devaluation of risk assets, including Bitcoin. The market is sensitive to such changes as high interest rates tend to reduce the value of asset classes such as Bitcoin.

Hedge Funds and Arbitrage Strategies

Another factor influencing the Bitcoin market is the activity of hedge funds and their arbitrage strategies. These funds use price differences between different markets to make risk-free profits. This involves buying spot bitcoins and selling bitcoin futures at the same time, which keeps the price stable.

Influence of arbitrage on the Bitcoin price

These strategies result in significant funds flowing into the Bitcoin market without the Bitcoin price rising sharply. The focus is on the difference between spot and futures prices, which leads to a neutral market effect. This explains why the Bitcoin price does not rise significantly despite high investments.

Bitcoin Price Chart

Bitcoin price (Image: Tradingview)

The Role of Bitcoin Miners

Bitcoin miners are also an important factor for the current market. When miners sell their holdings to cover operating costs or realize profits, this creates additional selling pressure on the market. In recent weeks, miners have been selling more bitcoins, leading to oversupply and falling prices.

Capitulation of the miners

One of the main reasons for the stagnating Bitcoin price is the so-called capitulation of miners. Miners play a crucial role in the Bitcoin ecosystem, as they not only validate transactions and create new Bitcoins, but also have a significant influence on supply and demand. If miners are forced to sell their holdings for economic reasons, this can lead to significant selling pressure that weighs on the Bitcoin price.

How mining works and economic pressure

Miners earn their income by mining Bitcoin, receiving a certain number of new Bitcoins as a reward for each validated block. They also earn from the transaction fees. However, the operating costs, especially for electricity and hardware, are high. When the Bitcoin price drops or goes through stagnant phases, the economic pressure on miners can increase.

In such times, miners are often forced to sell their holdings to cover their running costs. These sales increase the supply on the market and can push the price down further. A key indicator for this is the “Hash Ribbon Indicator”, which shows the miners’ capitulation phases.

The hash ribbon indicator and current figures

The Hash Ribbon Indicator is a tool that monitors the hash rate of the Bitcoin network and thus reflects the activity and economic health of the miners. If the hash rate drops, this indicates that miners are shutting down their machines because mining is no longer profitable. These phases are referred to as capitulation.

Since mid-May, the Hash Ribbon Indicator has clearly shown that miners are capitulating and selling in large numbers. Daily sales amount to over 15 billion dollars, which is putting considerable pressure on the market. In addition, massive OTC (over-the-counter) sales are taking place, which are processed outside the regular exchanges and therefore do not immediately affect the market price, but increase the overall sales volume.

Effects of the miner sales

The capitulation of miners has several immediate and long-term effects on the Bitcoin market:

  1. the massive selling of Bitcoin by miners creates significant short-term pressure on the market, which pulls the price down.
  2. once miners have reduced their holdings, a significant amount of the selling pressure is taken out of the market, which can lead to stabilization and possibly an uptrend in the long term.
  3. clear selling pressure from miners can be seen as a signal that the market is in a clearing phase. Once this phase is over, the market could be healthy again and receptive to new investments.
Bitcoin Miner reserve chart

Bitcoin Miner Reserve Chart (Image: Tradingview)


Miner capitulation is a critical factor currently influencing the Bitcoin price. Economic constraints caused by falling prices and high operating costs are forcing miners to sell their holdings, putting pressure on the market. In the long term, however, a shakeout through these sales could pave the way for a new uptrend once the selling pressure subsides and market equilibrium is restored.

Political Influences and Regulations

Political developments, particularly in the USA, also have an influence on the Bitcoin market. The political recognition and legitimization of cryptocurrencies by important personalities and institutions can have a positive impact on the market.

Election year in the USA

In the current election year, both Donald Trump and Joe Biden have defined their positions on cryptocurrencies more clearly. Trump’s acceptance of Bitcoin donations and Biden’s decision to also accept cryptocurrency donations legitimize the asset class and could contribute to positive market sentiment in the long term.

Positive news and future prospects

Despite the current difficulties, there are also positive developments that give hope for the future of Bitcoin. Examples of this include the potential approvals of Ethereum ETFs and the renewed investment by major players such as Michael Saylor.

Rising stablecoin market capitalization

A positive indicator for the crypto market is the rising market capitalization of stablecoins. A rise in stablecoin holdings indicates increased liquidity that could flow into the Bitcoin market once investor confidence returns.

Conclusion and personal price forecast

Bitcoin is currently stuck due to a combination of market factors, regulatory uncertainty and strategic selling. In the short term, the price could continue to fluctuate, but in the long term there are many positive signs pointing to a recovery. Patience and a sound understanding of market dynamics are key to getting through this phase.

Personal price forecast

The current market situation suggests that Bitcoin will continue to struggle around key support levels. Should the price fall below certain thresholds, short-term corrections are possible. In the long term, however, especially once the current waves of selling have been overcome, Bitcoin could rise again and reach new highs.


Ed Prinz serves as Chairman of https://dltaustria.com, the most renowned non-profit organization in Austria specializing in blockchain technology. DLT Austria is actively involved in the education and promotion of the added value and application possibilities of distributed ledger technology. This is done through educational events, meetups, workshops and open discussions, all in voluntary collaboration with leading industry players.

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This is my personal opinion and not financial advice.

For this reason, I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information in this article. If you are unsure, you should consult a qualified advisor you trust. No guarantees or promises regarding profits are made in this article. All statements in this and other articles are my personal opinion.

By Ed Prinz

Ed Prinz co-founded https://loob.io, a digital marketplace for blockchain-secured assets, and chairs https://dltaustria.com, a leading blockchain non-profit.

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