Bitcoin greed index plummets to ‘neutral’ as ETFs fail to buoy prices


The Crypto Fear and Greed Index has just plunged back to “neutral” levels — last seen in October 2023 — and just days after the historic approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs in the United States.

According to the index, Bitcoin’s market sentiment score currently rests at 52 out of a possible 100 — its lowest score since Oct. 19 last year, when Bitcoin traded for an average daily price of roughly $31,000. 

The Crypto Fear and Greed Index has fallen to its lowest point in three months. Source:

The switch comes less than a week after the Crypto Fear and Greed Index briefly tipped into “extreme greed” score of 76, when the market was anticipating the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs. 

The Crypto Fear and Greed Index gathers and weighs data from six market key performance indicators to score market sentiment each day: volatility (25%), market momentum and volume (25%), social media (15%), surveys (15%), Bitcoin’s dominance (10%) and trends (10%).

The Crypto Fear and Greed Index has fallen to its lowest point in three months. Source:

While the price of Bitcoin surged as high as $49,000 in the 24 hours following the SEC’s decision to approve spot Bitcoin ETFs, by Jan. 12, Bitcoin fell as low as $41,500, as traders locked in profits.

Bitcoin has since leveled out slightly and is changing hands for around $42,200 at the time of publication, per TradingView data

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Meanwhile, there has been uncertainty around spot Bitcoin ETFs since their launch, with conflicting data about their performance and a lack of information concerning the more granular details of the new investment vehicles. 

According to Google Trends, searches for “Why is Bitcoin dropping?” have surged 1,100% as market participants look for meaning in recent Bitcoin price action.

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