Where will Bitcoin go after breaking $30k a year ago? With a move from $19k at the start of December to a high of $41.9k on January 8. Bitcoin will have achieved one of the most spectacular increases. In the cryptocurrency’s whole history by the end of 2020.
Following the significant breakout to $41k, Bitcoin (BTC) fell back to $30k. Before resuming its upward trajectory towards the previous. All-time high (ATH) of $64k reached in April of this year.
From there, the suffering began with a three-month retracement back to the $30k mark. Before gradually grinding back up to an all-time high of $69k reached in November. However, the pain has now returned, this time with a retracement back to current levels of $46k dollars.
In the wake of a wild year for Bitcoin, which began with a swath of investments. From a diverse range of institutional investors and businesses. Coin Rivet examines what lies ahead for the market’s dominant asset.
A new ATH?
A new all-time high for Bitcoin, which appears to be the question on everyone’s lips. Would signal the asset’s impending rise towards the $100k price point. And would once again confirm its status as a $1tn asset, as previously stated.
The issue is, when will this happen? No one knows what’s going on.
Despite significant investment from major global corporations. Widespread adoption in countries such as El Salvador and others. As well as mainstream adoption in the form of payments and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Bitcoin has yet to demonstrate any significant strength outside of bullish catalysts.
For the time being, it is expected that an institutionally-led rally or some large. Industry-changing development will be necessary. To stimulate a push towards the previous ATH of $69k and beyond.
The interest of financial institutions in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Has played a significant role in the rise of the cryptocurrency.
According to Grayscale, demand for the asset has been strong in 2021. Grayscale recently ignited the Bitcoin community when it stated. That it will eventually transform its Bitcoin fund into an exchange-traded fund (ETF).
This spurred the development of a number of other ETF products. Including those from Van Eck and Fidelity International, which were both approved.
This, in turn, resulted in a number of huge institutions and enterprises. Such as Tesla and MicroStrategy, as well as support from major financial institutions. Including such JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley, making investments in Bitcoin.
In recent years, because of Bitcoin’s role as a’store of value’ (SoV) asset. And as a ‘hedging instrument’ against rising inflation. As a result of the depreciation of the US dollar, putting it on a balance sheet has been a popular option. For companies to obtain exposure to cryptocurrency.
A similar swath of investment in Bitcoin from a diverse range of new organizations. And global actors has the potential to drive the price of bitcoin higher. If, on the other hand, there is little to no further interest in the asset. It could indicate that Bitcoin is losing favor as the preferred SoV over gold.
The need for Bitcoin
Several wild forecasts about Bitcoin and its power to transform an unstable and falling economy. Have been made in tandem with the growing interest in the asset. The necessity for Bitcoin. Which was created as a kind of uncontrollable, decentralized money. Has become more apparent than ever.
With a market cap of barely $1 trillion, Bitcoin has already established itself. As a major player in the global financial markets. The allure of Bitcoin may be too strong to resist for many investors. Particularly those looking to diversify their portfolios into digital assets.
If Bitcoin can maintain its position as the top SoV, continue to gain widespread acceptance. Around the world, and demonstrate that it is a truly decentralised asset. It has the potential to meet and even exceed the expectations of many.
However, regulatory difficulties, as well as the possibility of cryptocurrency “bans,”. Might stymie its development toward being more broadly recognized.