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All markets are cyclical, but few show such recurring cyclical performance like the crypto market. Bitcoin, for example, rallies every four years like clockwork revolving around the halving event — an event which slashes the new flow of supply in half. 

But in a new chart, the total cryptocurrency market cap is closely following a “psychology of a market cycle” diagram and it could suggest that the market is current in the “disbelief” phase. 

Crypto Market Cycles Explained

Cyclical behavior is found everywhere. The sun rises and falls, seasons change, and the planets orbit the sun. Nearly every fashion styles drop out of favor only for several years later to again become the hottest new trend. 

Financial markets that were at one point profitable and exciting can become painful to look at. At the point of the most extreme pain, anger, and depression, a new uptrends begins from a bear market while most are frozen in fear.  This part of a market cycle, is called “disbelief” and that’s exactly where the crypto market could be according to the chart below. 

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“A Sucker’s Rally” Or “Disbelief”

The comparison begins at the peak of euphoria. Elon Musk was calling himself the “Dogefather” on Saturday Night Live and Mark Zuckerberg’s sister was making cringeworthy crypto parody videos.  Everyone was gonna make it. 

But they weren’t gonna make it, and they didn’t quite know it yet — the crypto winter was only just beginning. After months of easy money, it is just as easy to become complacent. Many even bought the dip. This made things worse psychologically when new lows began and anxiety kicked in. 

Denial turned to panic and then quickly capitulation when the LUNA collapse wiped out 3AC and started the initial contagion in the crypto market. The domino effect brought down asset prices enough to cripple FTX and put Sam Bankman-Fried behind bars. “Why did the government allow this to happen,” a description on the chart reads. Sound familiar?

Who wouldn’t be angry? Investors are out billions of dollars between FTX, BlockFi, and so many others. It’s a depressing thought. According to the to the chart, things could soon get better across crypto, but will anyone believe it?

The chart itself and the psychology of each stage of the market cycle follow shocking well. The current sentiment across crypto is that the recent upside is nothing more than a “sucker’s rally.” If this chart and the psychology is correct, few will be greedy enough while the crypto market has been fearful. 

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