Kimchi premium hits 11% — Is Bitcoin now in a 2017-esque retail stage of the cycle?

Kimchi premium hits 11% — Is Bitcoin now in a 2017-esque retail stage of the cycle?


The price of Bitcoin (BTC) is continuing to range between $56,000 and $60,000, as the so-called “Kimchi premium” is surging to yearly highs.

Kimchi premium forms when Bitcoin is trading at a higher price in South Korea over other major markets like the United States.

In 2017, the Kimchi premium surpassed 20%, causing Bitcoin to trade at around $24,000 in South Korea while it topped at nearly $20,000 in the U.S.

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Korea Premium Index. Source: CryptoQuant.com

Last week, on March 29, this premium resurfaced, hovering at 6%, which has since climbed to around 11%.

Kimchi premium is at 11%, is this bad for Bitcoin?

The last time the Kimchi premium rose to an all-time high, the Bitcoin market topped and saw a violent correction almost immediately afterward. 

Although the premium suggests that the South Korean cryptocurrency market is showing signs of getting overheated, it is not high enough to mark a top. 

Ki Young Ju, the CEO of CryptoQuant, said that the premium is worrisome, but the fundamentals

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