November has seen the overall trade volume of retail-focused crypto exchanges drop, while the trade volume of exchanges preferred by larger players has increased instead. After an extended decline, when retail activity drops and institutional activity picks up, a market bottom usually approaches.
However, there is still a lack of participation from traditional investors such as investment banks, pension funds and asset managers. These investors are fairly conservative due to regulatory issues, and are likely to gradually enter the space after the groundwork regarding compliance with regulations and custody solutions has been completed.
In the cryptocurrency market, more than 50 percent of transactions are done through over-the-counter (OTC) trading, and the competition to attract institutional investors is heating up. Coinbase, Poloniex and MV Index Solutions are some of the latest entrants into the lucrative OTC space.
Chart data supports our view that a bottom in crypto markets is near. However, it is difficult to pinpoint the lowest price range. Therefore, investors and traders should start building positions on dips to the $3,000–$3,500 area.