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First Brexit, Now Trade Wars: Global Politics Driving Bitcoin (BTC) Investors

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In April, after more than a year of falling prices, Bitcoin and the crypto markets took off on a bullish rally. While the initial price jump has been tied to a massive 21,000 BTC buy, geopolitical overtones at the time concerning Brexit contributed to the wave of investment interest.

During the same week that Bitcoin and cryptocurrency experienced its first bullish rally since the beginning of 2018, British Parliament and Prime Minister Theresa May were embroiled in a debate on how to handle their exit from the European Union. While once a seemingly impossible though, the U.K. appeared to be drawing near a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit, which would have brought about an abrupt and immediate cease in trade and relations with the European Union.

In anticipation for such an event, currency speculators were predicting a collapse in the British Pound and drop-off for the Euro, driven by the economic turmoil and halting trade between the two entities. Parliament swooped in during the first week of April to prevent a No-Deal Brexit, and the entire event was brought to anti-climatic end mid-month with Brexit being delayed to the end of October 2019.

However, the economic uncertainty kicked up in the wake of Brexit was enough to draw vast swathes of the investment landscape to cryptocurrency as a possible alternative to government fiat and the traditional markets that relied upon their currency. Similar interest in cryptocurrency has continued to be generated throughout May, as the fallout from U.S. and Chinese trade negotiations creates a murky global landscape.

The ‘trade war’ brewing from President Donald Trump’s handling of U.S.-Chinese relations has the investment class once again looking at cryptocurrency as a potential means for economic viability. The bullish turn for Bitcoin is no doubt related to the market cycle of a severe bearish period coming to an end, but the geopolitical implications of global economics have changed over the last eighteen months.

Whereas cryptocurrency was previously viewed too volatile to participate in, institutional investors are turning to the possibility of Bitcoin as a substitute store of value and alternative to the traditional markets. In addition, the entire industry has been vetted and supported by the entrance of social media giant Facebook and Wall Street stronghold J.P. Morgan Chase.

The vote of confidence for cryptocurrency is in; now it remains to be seen how the industry can move past the FOMO and price speculation that led to January 2018’s massive collapse in valuation. It’s possible that the looming global recession for the world’s markets–after 12 years of bullish prices–could force the hand of investors and cryptocurrency. But given the economic uncertainty being generated by both a looming trade war and a delayed Brexit, it could be only a matter of time before crypto takes a more central stage as a currency and digital asset.

Either way, the valuation for cryptocurrency appears tied up in larger factors than retail price speculation.

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Billionaire Mike Novogratz: Bitcoin Store of Value “Not Going to Change the World”

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Billionaire investor and long-time Bitcoin bull Mike Novogratz shared some interesting views on the current state and future of the leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization.

While Novogratz has been an overwhelming proponent of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, recently predicting that BTC would reach $20,000 by the end of 2020, he believes that the coin is reaching the end of its potential as a store of value. Speaking at ConsenSys’ Ethereal Summit May 11 on a panel titled, “The Herd is Still Coming!,” Novogratz explained that Bitcoin largely functions as a digital store of value and has managed to build on its competition by the being the first cryptocurrency to market, saying “it came first.”

As far as the potential for new development or innovation as a store of value, Novogratz claims that the coin is “kind of finished” in terms of maximizing that specific use case. Novogratz then made the common analogy of Bitcoin as a digital for of gold, claiming that both serve as a store of value for investors but largely function as social constructs. Similar to investors buying Bitcoin, gold continues to hold and change in value based off the expectations of its social surrounding, as opposed to exhibiting truly intrinsic worth.

Despite being historically bullish on BTC and cryptocurrency, Novogratz concluded that Bitcoin was unlikely to change the world. Following up on his comparison of Bitcoin as a store of value, and being a limitation of the currency’s use, the former Wall Street exec claimed that BTC is  “not going to change the world.” Instead, Novogratz highlighted ‘Web 3.0’ as the most likely technology to institute dramatic change, stating “it has potential to change the world.”

Some community members have found fault in Novogratz’s take on Bitcoin’s limited use, and for relying on the tired comparison to gold. However, the billionaire investor’s comments appear to be more in support of ‘Web 3.0’ as opposed to an indictment of Bitcoin. He also coached the limitations of Bitcoin in a broader criticism towards the extensive altcoin market.

Novogratz explained that the vast market of altcoins will have to “prove themselves out,” as viable solutions and providers of utility, as opposed to being carbon-copy coins that generate undeserved billion-dollar market capitalizations. While Bitcoin may have reached its limit as a digital store of value, the broader altcoin market has yet to prove much in terms of usefulness. According to Novogratz,

“If you really think bitcoin is gonna win this store of value, everything else needs to be used for something.”

In April, Novogratz took aim at Litecoin in a series of tweets questioning the investment interest in LTC over Bitcoin,

“Gold has an $8.5 trillion dollar market cap. Silver is $15bn That is .17%.  $BTC has a $90bn mkt cap. $ltc is $5.7bn which is 6.4% of $BTC. Silver is at least useful for industrial production.  $ltc is a glorified test net for $btc. I don’t get this rally. Sell $ltc buy $btc.”

The price of Bitcoin has continued to climb throughout the weekend, trading at $7100 as of writing.

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Tim Draper Updates $250K Bitcoin (BTC) Price Prediction to 2023

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Tim Draper, one of the most bullish investors and figures in cryptocurrency, has updated his bold $250,000 price prediction for Bitcoin to occur by 2023.

Speaking during a Fox Business interview on May 10, the venture capitalist claimed that his $250,000 BTC price prediction, made last November, would occur within the next four years. Draper continues to cite growing global dominance and interest in the use of digital currencies as the primary drive for Bitcoin reaching its target price, and is receiving at least some validation from the massive bullish run for Bitcoin over the last month.

Since the start of the week, BTC is up over $1000, smashing the $6K resistance marker that was previously predicted by analysts. Instead, the currency is making a steady march towards $7000, with altcoins also making a rally after falling in price throughout the week. Draper made his comments updating the price prediction ahead of Saturday’s massive price increase, but no doubt had his finger on the pulse for Bitcoin’s market movement over the last month.

While Draper has been made out as a caricature at times for his massive price prediction, the VC is undoubtedly one of Bitcoin’s most ardent and bullish supporters, regardless of his holding in BTC. In November, Draper outlined that a $250,000 price point for Bitcoin was reasonable considering the global market share the currency could command in lieu of fiat. At the time, Draper pegged a 5 percent share of the global currency market as a target for BTC, citing strong fundamentals over outdated fiat as a reason for mass conversion,

“We are talking […] about five percent market share to get to $250,000. That seems like a drop in a bucket and all we need to really do is make it so that Bitcoin can be used to buy Starbucks coffee, and all of a sudden the world just opens up and then they say ‘I’ve got this choice.’ […] Do I want a currency that I can take from country to country […] or do I want one that sticks me in one country or one geographic area and I can’t use it anywhere else?”

Speaking with FOX Business at the Salt Conference in Las Vegas on May 10, Draper updated his claim to investors with a time frame for BTC’s ascension to 250K,

“It’s going to keep going because, I’m a believer than in four years, something like that, bitcoin will be about a 5% market share of the Earth.”

Draper reiterated the benefit of using Bitcoin over alternative forms of money,

“It’s a better currency, it’s decentralized, open — it’s transparent; everybody knows what happens on the blockchain.”

In addition to his comments on the price of Bitcoin, Draper claimed that he was willing to back his staunch belief in Bitcoin by launching a BTC based company. The VC stated that he imagined a future where he could run a fund exclusively in Bitcoin, taking BTC for investment and paying out in the currency. According to Draper, running a fund solely in Bitcoin would require “no accounting, no legal, no bookkeeping, no custody–it would all be done.”

Since Draper’s comments, the price of Bitcoin has continued on a near linear rise, reaching $6920 as of writing.

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So Much for $6000 Resistance, Bitcoin Price Dominance Reaches Sixteen Month High

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After a week of bullish price movement, U.S.-based investors awoke May 11 to the sight of Bitcoin up 8 percent, approaching a relative high of $7000.

Despite April’s bullish turn in the crypto markets, analysts were calling for substantial resistance in BTC surmounting $6000. In November 2018 the price of Bitcoin plummeted from the market uncertainty of the BCH contentious hard fork and general investor fatigue. Retail investors fled the crypto markets in droves, cashing out at a loss. The remaining investors were thought to pose tough resistance for Bitcoin eclipsing $6000, marking the point where traders could recoup on losses incurred in the sudden plummet.

Instead, the price of Bitcoin has smashed the $6K mark and continued steadily towards $7000. Some analysts are calling for even greater price gains ahead, with the bullish sentiment and overwhelming effect of FOMO at a near-high not seen since 2017’s epic price rally. Others are pointing to the coin in danger of being overbought, after more than doubling in price since the start of the year and generating a near-continuous upward climb since the beginning of April.

Facebook, for what it’s worth, has played a role in the renewed interest in the crypto markets. While Bitcoin had likely reached a point of being oversold, falling close to 90 percent from it’s all-time high, the social media goliath has injected confidence and renewed interest in the industry. Prior to 2019’s string of adoption for cryptocurrency, which includes Wall Street bank J.P. Morgan Chase, retail giant Rakuten and Facebook, the industry was in danger of suffering from the backlash of 2018’s ‘crypto winter.’ Developers and crypto enthusiasts may have remained bullish on the outlook for the technology, but outside investors remain wary.

Facebook’s show of confidence in digital currencies has brought the interest of both institutional and retail investors, giving crypto a base that extends beyond 2017’s constant news headline of Bitcoin as an empty “get rich quick scheme.” Investors are finding more reason to be bullish on the long-term prospect of cryptocurrency, as opposed to cashing out at the first sign of market downturn. The Facebook Coin may eventually come to compete with BTC, as some analysts have predicted, but the more likely situation is synergistic for the price of Bitcoin due to increased exposure.

Compared to the price rally of 2017, this year’s bullish turn for cryptocurrency could receive a substantial boost from the foundation of adoption that has been slowly built over the last sixteenth months. Investors are responding to the belief that Bitcoin will continue to lead cryptocurrency, with the number one coin by market capitalization also achieving an increase in market dominance. BTC’s >58 percent market dominance is at its highest point in sixteenth months, dating back to the last bull rally of December 2017.

Altcoins might be making a general resurgence on the day, but investors are clearly putting their confidence in BTC as the coin that will continue to lead throughout the rest of the year.

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SFOX: Bitcoin Looks ‘Mildly Bullish’ For May 2019

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Crypto analytics firm SFOX has released their most recent report on the state of the crypto markets, finding the outlook for May to be ‘mildly’ bullish for Bitcoin.

According to the most recent report and SFOX’s Multi-Factor Market, BTC continues to look mildly bullish entering the new month. While the final week of April appeared to show some price contraction for BTC, with the currency experiencing a sudden dip following news of Tether and Bitfinex being accused of market manipulation, SFOX continues to support positive price growth for the currency.

SFOX also claims that Bitcoin has continued to hold  control over the marketplace despite the rally in coin prices for other top cryptos. BTC market dominance climbed throughout the last month, with the original cryptocurrency piling on valuation compared to other currencies. SInce the start of April, Bitcoin has grown to 6 percent in market dominance, rising from near 50 percent to 56 percent, as of writing. SFOX writes that Bitcoin movements for other top cryptos, such as Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash correlated with Bitcoin throughout last month, despite the latter’s growing development.

SFOX also writes that, moving forward, investor interest should turn towards developments related to a Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund and other indications of substantial institutional investment Overall, the change in market sentiment from SFOX has not changed in the last month, with Bitcoin continuing to register a “mildly bullish” indicator from the analytics firm–the same metric it generated last month.

However, the company reports that the primary metrics used for gauging Bitcoin price performance–price momentum, market sentiment, and continued advancement of the sector–gives a positive outlook for both the price of BTC and the overall industry of cryptocurrency. Nonetheless, SFOX’s rating for BTC has ranked as ‘mildly bullsih’ for the fourth month in a row, a condition that the firm addressed in the more recent update,

“We determine the monthly value of this index by using proprietary, quantifiable indicators to analyze three market factors: price momentum, market sentiment, and continued advancement of the sector. It is calculated using a proprietary formula that combines quantified data on search traffic, blockchain transactions, and moving averages.”

SFOX cites strong Bitcoin fundamentals for being the primary driver for its rating into the fifth month of the year, with both price momentum and institutional interest showing signs of growth and giving an overall bullish indicator for BTC. The start of April, which kicked off one of the most bullish rallies for Bitcoin valuation in over a year of trading, was largely driven by one institutional or whale purchase–at least according to data compiled by the analytics firm,

“The beginning-of-April crypto rally, despite having injected the market with renewed volatility, appears to have primarily been driven by one large buy order rather than fundamentals, and the market appears to have largely normalized again at new levels post-rally.”

Despite featuring heavily into previous years of investment, SFOX claims that FOMO has taken a passenger seat to overall industry growth, leading investors to buy cryptocurrency for reasons supporting long-term valuation and market interest.

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Bitcoin at $6000 Could Prove Pivotal for Institutional Investors

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As the crypto markets make a slight recovery following their plummet earlier in the week, all eyes turn to the continued price gains of Bitcoin. Since the start of the year, BItcoin has posted more than 50 percent in gains, with the $6000 price mark becoming the next significant hurdle for the currency. Average investors may consider the psychological value of BTC at $6000, but institutional investors and their behavior will be the true indicators of market direction moving forward in 2019.

Tom Lee, Fundstrat cryptocurrency analyst and regular Bitcoin commentator, has pegged current market sentiment for BTC at its highest point in his Bitcoin Misery Index (BMI), a value not yet seen under bearish conditions. While Lee give some hope that having an elevated BMI in the midst of a bear market may give indication that the bulls are in for a turn, he also cautions that a rising BMI has historically correlated with a sudden downturn in pricing.

His prediction may have come true last week, as the price of Bitcoin crashed from $5400 to $5000, with the majority of the crytpo markets experiencing an acute retraction in price. However, most of the sudden price movement was brought about by the actions of the New York Attorney General’s office, who issued a court filing accusing Bitfinex and Tether of market manipulation. In the report, the New York AG’s office claimed that Bitfinex was in danger of insolvency, and used $850 million worth of Tether funds to cover the losses–funds that are supposed to be backing the value of USDT 1:1 with U.S. dollars.

The market uncertainty generated by the report, in addition to confusion surrounding Bitfinex user funds, led to a flash crash in the Bitcoin and altcoin markets. While BTC has steadily recovered to $5300 throughout the weekend, investors are still unsure which was the market will move entering the fifth month of the year. More than any other metric, the $6000 mark for BTC could prove a severe litmus test for the commitment of institutional investors.

Previous reports by analytics firm Adamant Capital report that the majority of retail investors, at long-last, fled the bear market of cryptocurrency in November 2018 following the collapse of BTC pricing. Since that time, the valuation of Bitcoin has seen a drop in price volatility, owing to the decreased actions of retail traders.

At the beginning of April a series of coordinated Bitcoin buys across multiple exchanges, totaling over 20,000 BTC, kicked off the present price rally which has taken Bitcoin to highest valuation in six months. While no single trader has come forth to claim responsibility for the transactions, analysts are owing the behavior to institutional investors–rather than crypto whales. The coordinated actions of a well-capitalized trader(s), who sunk nearly $100 million in BTC, means that the market is currently operating at the behest of institutional investors. And some analysts have pointed out, these large-capital investors could be riding short-term sentiment.

Considering the bullish turn in crypto market prices ignited from a series of transactions, it could be that these traders are waiting for the $6000 mark to take action again. For one, Tom Lee’s BMI measures market sentiment for Bitcoin, with that value reaching its highest point since 2017. Retail investors are looking at Bitcoin prices favorably, for now, but that could change with the looming hurdle of BTC at $6000. BItcoin was hovering around $6000 before its crash in November 2018, meaning a number of investors could be looking to recoup on losses at that threshold.

If this proves to be the case, the institutional investors which catalyzed the most recent bullish run for BTC could look to make a killing in the short-term, playing off the change in market sentiment that could accompany steep BTC resistance at $6000.

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Altcoin Trouble Ahead? Bitcoin (BTC) Dominance On the Rise

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On April 23, the crypto markets took a turn that have some questioning the outlook on altcoins. While the altcoin market has been holding its own against Bitcoin, with currencies like Binance Coin posting 300 percent gains since the start of the year, the market appears to be swaying in favor of Bitcoin.

Long time cryptocurrency investors will be familiar with the the tug-of-war price movement between Bitcoin and altcoins. At times, the entire cryptocurrency marketplace buoys on positive sentiment and increased investment. However, a shifting between the pool of capital in alts and Bitcoin is also a common occurrence. For one, investors avoid the headache generated by taxes and capital gains by trading between currencies.

But for the most part, investors have recognized that Bitcoin tends to be a more price stable currency relative to the rest of the market, while also offering the ability to appreciate during periods of positive price movement–a feature that stablecoins are unable to offer. In times of bullish market sentiment, such as what is brewing for the industry at present, investors grow fearful of missing out on massive BTC leaps, such as the epic run which took Bitcoin to $20,000 in December 2017.

Despite the development interest and growth into platform currencies such as Ethereum, EOS and TRON, the marketplace for cryptocurrency continues to flow through the original cryptocurrency. Bitcoin holds a wide margin in market capitalization over the second highest coin Ethereum, a gap that is greater than $80 billion. In addition, Bitcoin market dominance has continued to climb throughout 2019, up from 51 percent at the start of the year to over 53 percent. Today’s price action has taken BTC dominance to just under 54 percent, its highest point since September 2018.

In fact, Bitcoin dominance has largely been on the rise over the last 12 months, with the coin reaching a relative low of 35 percent dominance in May 2018. While BTC experienced a slight retraction during the market fall of last December, the coin is making a recovery that could be trending towards the >80 percent dominance the coin historically experienced prior to early-2017.

More than likely, Bitcoin will not be able to eclipse its 2017 dominance of 85 percent, given the changing landscape of cryptocurrency. While BTC is by far the most recognizable currency in the industry, with Bitcoin holding household-name status familiarity (the coin is largely synonymous with cryptocurrency in mainstream markets), altcoin projects like Ethereum and EOS have carved out a substantial amount of developer interest. With Bitcoin yet to overcome the hurdle of scalability, its price is likely to stall again at upper limits in the absence of a solution like Lightning Network.

Cryptocurrency, assuming it can gain price traction again as in 2017, is still in need of proven usability. Investors and speculators may continue to drive up the price of Bitcoin and contribute to its market share dominance, but the entire landscape of currencies have to generate scalability in order to become an accepted technology.

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Tom Lee Updates Bitcoin Misery Index, At Highest Level in Bear Market

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Popular cryptocurrency pundit and Fundstrat Global Advisors analyst Tom Lee issued an update on his “Bitcoin Misery Index” in an interview with CoinTelegraph published on April 19. According to the analyst, Bitcoin is reaching new heights by the BMI indicators, establishing new markers that have yet to occur in a bear market.

While analytics firms differ in the market indicators they follow, Fundstrat uses the cleverly titled Bitcoin MIsery index as a way of gauging investor sentiment for the leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization. Lee designed the BMI as a way to inform investors on the relative misery of Bitcoin holders based on values such as coin price and volatility.

On April 2nd, the currency hit a BMI of 89 out of a maximum score of 100 (with the upper limit being associated with positive sentiments and 0 being outright misery). According to Lee, Bitcoin did not once break the 50 during all of 2018, despite the coin entering an extended bear market. In fact, Lee reports that Bitcoin has never achieved a BMI of greater than 67 in the midst of a bear market, giving some indication into the current state of cryptocurrency prices, leading Lee to conclude,

“It means that a bull market is likely starting.”

Lee had previously reported that the Bitcoin’s massive leap in BMI was giving mixed signals, saying

“Good–> Since 2011, BMI >67 only seen during $BTC bull markets. More evidence bull starting. Bad –> BMI >67 after peak, $BTC falls ~25% = Profit taking ST.”

However, he cautioned in the interview that elevated BMI values have traditionally correlated with a market drawback. Values above 67 have been an indicator to sell BTC, despite the positive sentiment for Bitcoin and its future outlook, as such elevations tend to be short lived. Values below 27 have been associated with buy signals, and give some indication that the currency is bottoming out and ready to swing in the other direction.

The index has not been full proof in predicting short term market movements, but has done fairly well in indicating longer trends. The last time BTC logged a score of 67 on the BMI scale was August 14, 2017. Selling at that time would have caused investors to miss out on Bitcoin’s epic bull run which took the currency to nearly $20,000, but did fall within several months of the coin turning bearish after positive price movement throughout 2017.

However, BTC’s last relative low in BMI was November 27, 2018, generating a score of 24. Following the buy signal at the time would have led investors to catch the relative bottom for Bitcoin as the currency traded near $3000–which would have result in over 80 percent profits at current price levels.

According to Lee, BTC trading at such a high level (>67) has led to a downturn in market prices “six out of six times,” with the average drop in price around 25 percent. Lee also pointed out that price retractions for Bitcoin following elevated BMI could be investors moving their profit into altcoins, as the market cycle for cryptocurrency has historically followed bullish runs for BTC followed by an elevation in alts.

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Adamant Capital: Bitcoin in ‘Accumulation Phase’ Before Next Bull Run

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A new report by Adamant Capital concludes that the bear market for Bitcoin might be nearing an end, with the currency entering an accumulation phase before the next big bull run.

Compared to the crypto winter of 2018, during which investors were forced to shed BTC or suffer losses as the currency fell from $20,000 to a relative low of $3000, the current market has traders much more optimistic about on the price outlook. Investors are now accumulating Bitcoin, putting pressure on bears who may be selling just ahead of another big price rally.

Tuur Demeester and Michiel Lescrauwaet, co-authors of the report, said that the current price point for Bitcoin should be appealing to investors,

“Now, at 75% below its 2017 all-time high, we believe the current bear market represents an exceptional opportunity for value investors.”

In what Adamant Capital refers to as the ‘accumulation phase’ for Bitcoin, the analytics firm expects BTC to trade in a range of $3000 and $6500, as bears unload their coins to willing bulls who are looking to lock in a discounted price for the number one cryptocurrency by market capitalization.

The report also concluded that retail investors took a bath in November 2018, capitulating any previously made gains–or submitting to significant losses–in a capitulation event that saw the price of Bitcoin fall 48 percent. While some of the cryptocurrency price fall can be attributed to the market uncertainty of Bitcoin Cash’s hash war, investors were also fatigued from nearly 12 months of bear market prices. The end result is a glut of investors looking to re-enter the market at a favorable condition, especially if they sold out at Bitcoin’s relative price low during last November.

Adamant Capital has made a point of tracking unrealized Profit and Loss and indicator of market performance, and reports that the most recent price rally has had a substantial impact on that metric,

“The recent price rally from $4,000 to over $5,000 markedly improved HODLer’s Unrealized P&L improving our reported sentiment value from capitulation to hope,”

The report, in particular, looks at the claim that retail investors (individual investors as opposed to professional traders or institutions) have largely left the market following the last year of losses. Such a situation would indicate that the well of bearish sellers for Bitcoin may be smaller than previously thought. Adamant Capital points to Google Trends data that indicates “apathy and disinterest” on behalf of retail investors, with searches for Bitcoin dropping to as low as March 2017 values.

Adamant also points to gradual decline in Bitcoin price volatility over the last several months, a factor that has historically been attributed to the actions of retail investors,

“High Bitcoin volatility can be a proxy for the involvement of trigger-happy retail speculators, whereas low volatility tends to coincide with phases of consolidation, apathy, and accumulation.”

With finicky retail investors gone, long-term holders have come to make up the majority of the market, a group that will be looking to accumulate more BTC at current prices and avoid succumbing to the bearish sellers.

The combination of price anticipation and investor makeup has led Adamant to conclude that Bitcoin, at its current price point, is back in “undervalued territory.”

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Analyst: Bitcoin Moving Average Points to More Gains Ahead

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While the crypto markets are showing slight contraction, with Bitcoin holding trading above $5000 in the hope for renewed price action, several analysts are pointing to the 200-day moving average as a bullish indicator.

The most recent bull run for Bitcoin and the larger cryptocurrency marketplace gave BTC its best day of trading since the massive valuation increases seen during the final month of 2017. After a strong weekend of growth, BTC price shot to $4700 on April 1, and continued to gain an additional 20 percent on April 2 to take the currency above $5000. The next two days brought about a consolidation in trading, with the price of BTC fluctuating around the $5k as both bullish and bearish investors weigh in on establishing a new floor or ceiling for the coin.

However, the market price for BTC represents a substantial increase over prices experienced earlier in the year, when Bitcoin appeared to be destined for $3000 or lower. The recent price rally has given a strong indicator to analysts that the top cryptocurrency by market capitalization likely found its bottom at $3000, with the next movement representing a broader trend in how the coin will proceed into the remainder of the year.

New York-based Fundstrat Global Advisors finds that Bitcoin could be about to extend into a 200 percent price surge, making the currency worth $13,500 if current indicators hold true. According to the research firm, Bitcoin closed above its 200-day moving average on April 2nd for the first time in more than a year, mostly due to the massive price rally that initiated the price kick-off.

In a note to clients, Fundstrat explained that closing above the 200-day moving average has been a historically bullish indicator for BTC, with a win-ratio of 80 percent compared to that of 36 percent when the coin trades below,

“Based on bitcoin’s trading history, a move above the 200-day moving average for bitcoin is meaningful statistically. When bitcoin is above its 200-day moving average its win-ratio is 80% compared to a mere 36% when it is below its 200-day.”

Fundstrat continued that trading above the 200-day moving average significantly increases six-month forward returns, which average 193 percent compared to a “measly 10% when below its 200-day moving average–hence, being above the 200-day moving average is a big deal.”

While investors, both bullish and bearish, attempt to sort through what the most recent price rally means for the valuation of Bitcoin, most community members are looking at market conditions differently than they did in 2017. Compared to that time, cryptocurrency adoption has grown substantially, with major companies such as Facebook and J.P. Morgan Chase now providing a new face of confidence for the industry.

The fear that cryptocurrency may once again find itself over-extended, with coin prices vastly outweighing the actual valuation and impact of the technology has been dwindling since the start of the year. Already industry hopefuls and cryptocurrency enthusiasts are finding reasons to own crypto outside of what they can accomplish through price speculation.

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