The Fear & Greed Index for Bitcoin ($BTC), which measures investor confidence and attitude toward the market, just reached "greed" for the first time in almost a year.
The shift to a state of greed is occurring as Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency appears to be stabilizing at approximately $23,000 after beating most other assets so far this year in a startling resurgence.
The index, which draws data from a variety of sources, including social media, to generate a relative score that captures investor sentiment, has increased from 6 at the time that BTC fell under $18,000 last year. The cryptocurrency market exhibits "extremely emotional" behavior, and consumers "become greedy when the market is increasing, which results in FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)," according to the index.
People "frequently sell their coins in an impulsive reaction to seeing red numbers," the index continues. Since March of last year, the index has been in a state of "severe anxiety" and "fear," and it has continued to decline as further bankruptcy announcements in the sector, including those of Celsius Network, BlockFi, and Genesis' lending subsidiary, have been made.
The index had a large decline as a result of FTX's failure as belief in centralized exchanges declined.
According to the measure, extremes in market mood can indicate a likely price reversal. Extreme anxiety suggests that investors are "extremely anxious," which may give a buying opportunity, whereas greed suggests that a market correction is overdue.