Bitcoin (BTC) Realized Cap Shows Steep Increase Against Market Cap, Bull Run to Continue

By Bhushan Akolkar
Published May 7, 2021 Updated May 7, 2021
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Bitcoin (BTC) Realized Cap Shows Steep Increase Against Market Cap, Bull Run to Continue

By Bhushan Akolkar
Published May 7, 2021 Updated May 7, 2021

Bitcoin (BTC) hasn’t participated much in the recent market as it has been an altcoin-driven rally off lately led by Ethereum (ETH) and Dogecoin (DOGE). The BTC price has been consolidating for a long time around $55,000 and holding its market cap just above $1 trillion.


However, if we look at the steep increase in the Bitcoin (BTC) realized cap, the picture is very much clear suggesting that the Bitcoin bull run will continue here onwards. While the market cap considers total BTCs that have been minted, the realized cap takes a more nuanced approach.

The realized cap eliminates the impact of lost or dormant coins that haven’t been moved for long. As opposed to the current Bitcoin value, it measures each unspent transaction output (UTXO) based on the value moved last.

Glassnode CTO and co-founder Rafael Schultze-Kraft show that there has been an unprecedented capital inflow into Bitcoin (BTC) based on its realized cap. Over the last 6 months, the realized cap has jumped a massive 200% by another $250 billion.

Fall In the Bitcoin MVRV (Market Value/Realized Value) Ratio

Over the last month, BTC price has seen solid consolidation and its market cap has remained stable or “flat”. At the same, the BTC realized cap has increased steeper which has led to a fall in Bitcoin’s MVRV value. This is a bullish indicator suggesting strong fundamental build-up for Bitcoin (BTC). Let’s take a look at the chart here.

  • BTC’s MVRV-Z score at the same price in Feb 2021 was 7.6.
  • The current MVRV-Z score is 4.4.
  • Bitcoin’s MVRV during its previous price tops has reached above 10.
Courtesy: Glassnode

Well, it is clear that the BTC realized cap has completely replaced what was Bitcoin’s “market cap” six months back. Although Bitcoin has been consolidating over the last few weeks, GoinGape reported how its on-chain fundamentals continued to improve. Some of the positive pointers:

  • Bitcoin (BTC) whale accumulation was strong during this consolidation period.
  • Bitcoin’s NVT ratio suggests undervaluation at the current price point.
  • Bitcoin’s funding rate at exchanges remains low suggesting a slowdown in profit-booking.
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Bhushan Akolkar
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Bhushan is a FinTech enthusiast and holds a good flair in understanding financial markets. His interest in economics and finance draw his attention towards the new emerging Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency markets. He is continuously in a learning process and keeps himself motivated by sharing his acquired knowledge. In free time he reads thriller fictions novels and sometimes explore his culinary skills.

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