Bitcoin Misery Index: the indicator of Thomas Lee
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Bitcoin Misery Index: the indicator of Thomas Lee

By Matteo Gatti - 22 Jun 2019

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The Bitcoin Misery Index (BMI) is an indicator created by Thomas Lee, a well-known Wall Street analyst and co-founder of Fundstrat Global Advisors.

He is one of the few, perhaps the only major Wall Street analyst, to regularly publish reports and formal price targets for bitcoin. This is a relatively new index dedicated to bitcoin: it is not an indicator used in classical technical analysis such as moving averages or the ADX.

Bitcoin Misery Index

The BMI is intended to be a tool for bitcoin traders. It is calculated on a scale from 0 to 100, taking into account factors such as volatility and the number of winning trades with respect to the total. When the indicator is low it is time to buy while when it is high it means it is time to sell. The index assigns the value 100 to positive sentiment and 0 to negative sentiment.

bitcoin misery index thomas lee

“When the Bitcoin Misery Index is below 27 then it is a good time to buy while a signal above 67 indicates that it may be time to sell”.

these were Lee’s words in a CNBC report.

bitcoin misery index thomas lee

The BMI reached 89 on April 2nd, 2019 but was very low during the bearish phase of the market in 2018. The lowest point in BTC’s history was reached on April 12th, 2018 when the BMI reached 18. The BMI had its highest value ever in 2016, 98 on June 13th.

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