How are trading volumes useful in cryptocurrency analysis?

By  Artem Khomenko 1447 15 Sept 2022
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Trading volume is a helpful indicator when analyzing cryptocurrencies. It allows you to understand the market sentiment in general and the prospect of the asset’s price movement. Traders often use this tool to determine the potential for growth or decline.

Trading volumes are the number of contracts traded. There are 2 types of volumes – vertical and horizontal. On the chart, the first one is displayed regarding the time interval (the selected candle), and the second one is the number of contracts at a certain price. The horizontal volume is located in the TradingView analytical resource in the “forecasting tools” section called “horizontal volume profile”. 

Vertical trading volumes (TradingView)

Vertical trading volumes (TradingView)

Horizontal trading volumes (TradingView)

Horizontal trading volumes (TradingView)

The main disadvantage of this indicator is the absence of a common information source. Each exchange has different trading volumes, which leads to different indicators in the analysis of the chart.

It is more rational to work with volumes on charts of the most liquid exchanges, the list of which is available on the analytical site Coingecko. It does not matter exactly how many trades were executed – 10 or 100 thousand. Traders need to compare volumes for the last hour, a few hours, or a day to determine the reaction of buyers and sellers.

Rating of centralized crypto exchanges by trading volumes (Coingecko)

Rating of centralized crypto exchanges by trading volumes (Coingecko)

What vertical volumes are used for:

Determining the veracity of a breakout. Support and resistance zones are filled with traders’ stop orders. Large volumes signal the break of a strong level. This means that all orders have been triggered and the zone has been passed;

Understanding the weakness of the movement. Growth at low volumes often indicates that sellers are waiting for a more interesting and attractive price. The same is true when the price of the asset is falling.

What horizontal volumes are used for:

When it is difficult to identify a strong level. If the price has reacted to far too different marks, it is advisable to extend the horizontal volume on the desired section of the chart. It will show exactly at what price traders have put their orders;

If a stop order needs to be put and the nearest zone is far away. Horizontal volume can give information about where a bounce is likely to occur, even if there are no levels on the chart.

Trading volume is a good indicator for understanding the price trend. But it is better to use it with other analysis methods to qualitatively determine the strong levels and build your trade on actual data.