10 Bearish Crypto Trading Indicators to Know

Discover 10 popular bearish crypto trading indicators that, when combined with other indicators, can help enhance the trading experience.

Aug 23, 2023

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding bearish crypto trading indicators and how they are calculated helps traders when making decisions in the crypto market.

  • Bearish indicators signal potential downtrends or selling opportunities.

  • Combining multiple indicators can provide a more accurate analysis of market conditions.

  • Trading on the Crypto.com Exchange allows users to utilise various tools and indicators for an enhanced trading experience.


The world of cryptocurrency trading is filled with opportunities, but it is also fraught with risks. Two key factors to successful trading are understanding market conditions and analysing potential trends. 

In this article, we explore 10 popular bearish crypto trading indicators that can help traders identify and effectively react to bear market trends. These indicators, when used correctly, can help provide insights during market downturns.

1. Moving Averages (MA)

Moving averages (MAs), amongst the most popular crypto trading indicators, help in smoothing out price data over a specified period, making it easier to identify trends. There are two types of MAs: simple moving average (SMA) and exponential moving average (EMA). In a bearish market, when the short-term MA crosses below the long-term MA, this typically signals a potential downtrend.

How to Calculate and Interpret Moving Averages

The calculation for a simple moving average involves adding the closing prices for a specified number of periods and dividing the sum by the number of periods. For the exponential moving average, recent price data is given more weight, making it more responsive to newer price changes.

In a bearish market, look for the short-term MA to cross below the long-term MA, which may signal a potential downtrend. This crossover acts as a bearish signal.

2. Relative Strength Index (RSI)

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is a widely used momentum oscillator that measures the speed and change of price movements. It can help traders identify overbought or oversold conditions in the market, which may signal potential reversals or trend changes.

How to Calculate and Interpret RSI

RSI is calculated using the following formula:

RSI = 100 – (100 / (1 + RS))

Where RS (Relative Strength) is the average gain divided by the average loss over a specified period, usually 14 days.

An RSI value above 70 indicates overbought conditions, while a value below 30 signals oversold conditions. In a bearish market, the RSI crossing below 70 could indicate potential selling opportunities.

3. Bollinger Bands

Bollinger Bands are a set of lines plotted around the price chart, with one line representing the moving average and the other two lines representing the standard deviations above and below the moving average. These help traders identify periods of high volatility and potential reversals.

How to Calculate and Interpret Bollinger Bands

Bollinger Bands are calculated using the following formulas:

Upper Band = Moving Average + (Standard Deviation * 2)

Lower Band = Moving Average – (Standard Deviation * 2)

In a bearish market, a price break below the lower Bollinger Band could signal potential selling opportunities.

4. Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACD)

The Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACD) indicator is another popular tool used to identify potential trend changes and momentum shifts. It consists of two lines: the MACD line and the Signal line, which are calculated using EMAs of different periods.

How to Calculate and Interpret MACD

The MACD line is calculated by subtracting the 26-day EMA from the 12-day EMA; the Signal line is a 9-day EMA of the MACD line. When the MACD line crosses below the Signal line, it generates a bearish signal, which may be indicative of a potential downtrend.

5. Stochastic Oscillator

A stochastic oscillator is a momentum indicator that compares the closing price of an asset to its price range over a specified period. It can help traders identify overbought and oversold conditions, as well as potential trend reversals.

How to Calculate and Interpret a Stochastic Oscillator

A stochastic oscillator is calculated using the following formula:

%K = (Current Close – Lowest Low) / (Highest High – Lowest Low) * 100

%D = 3-day SMA of %K

In a bearish market, look for the %K line to cross below the %D line when the oscillator is above 80, signalling potential selling opportunities.

6. Ichimoku Cloud

The Ichimoku Cloud is a comprehensive indicator that provides insight into market trends, support and resistance levels, and potential trading signals. It consists of five lines (some based on similar concepts to the moving average): Tenkan-Sen, Kijun-Sen, Senkou Span A, Senkou Span B, and Chikou Span.

How to Calculate and Interpret the Ichimoku Cloud

The Ichimoku Cloud is calculated using multiple formulas for each of the five lines. In a bearish market, a price break below the cloud may signal potential selling opportunities.

7. Fibonacci Retracement

Fibonacci retracement is a popular tool used to identify potential support and resistance levels based on the Fibonacci sequence. It can help traders identify potential reversal points during a bearish market trend.

How to Calculate and Interpret Fibonacci Retracement Levels

To calculate Fibonacci retracement levels, traders need to identify a significant high and low point on the price chart. Then they can apply the Fibonacci ratios (23.6%, 38.2%, 50%, 61.8%, and 78.6%) to the difference between the high and low points to determine potential support and resistance levels.

In a bearish market, look for the price to find resistance at one of the Fibonacci retracement levels, signalling potential selling opportunities.

8. Volume

Trading volume is an essential indicator that helps traders gauge the strength of a market trend. In a bearish market, increasing volume during downtrends can signal strong selling pressure and confirm the bearish trend. Additionally, when another trading signal is accompanied by strong volume, it typically is seen as more reliable.

How to Interpret Trading Volume

Users can monitor the trading volume on exchanges, such as the Crypto.com Exchange, and look for increasing volume during downtrends. Higher volume during a downtrend may confirm a bearish trend.

9. On-Balance Volume (OBV)

The on-balance volume (OBV) indicator is a cumulative volume-based tool that helps traders identify trends by measuring buying and selling pressure. It can be especially useful in a bearish market to confirm downtrends or spot potential trend reversals.

How to Calculate and Interpret OBV

OBV is calculated by adding the volume on up days and subtracting the volume on down days. In a bearish market, look for the OBV to move in the same direction as the price, confirming the downtrend. If the OBV starts to diverge from the price, it could signal a potential trend reversal.

10. Average Directional Index (ADX)

The average directional index (ADX) is an indicator that measures the strength of a market trend. It can help traders identify strong bearish trends and potential trading opportunities.

How to Calculate and Interpret the ADX

ADX is calculated using the average of the directional movement index (DMI) values (based on prior price highs and lows) over a specified period, usually 14 days. An ADX value above 25 indicates a strong trend, while a value below 20 suggests a weak trend.

In a bearish market, look for the ADX to rise above 25, signalling a strong downtrend and potential selling opportunities.

How to Trade on the Crypto.com Exchange

The Crypto.com Exchange provides advanced charting tools and a range of crypto trading indicators with which to make trading decisions. To get started, simply sign up for an account, complete the KYC process, and fund the account with a preferred cryptocurrency or fiat currency.


Bearish crypto trading indicators can provide valuable insights into market conditions. By understanding these indicators, alongside other measures, users can make better decisions when following market movements. Remember, always conduct thorough research and due diligence before making any trading decisions.

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