By CCN Markets: The price of bitcoin has broken through the $9,000 mark and seems well on its way to $10,000, but brokerage firm eToro believes that there’s a pullback in the cards before the cryptocurrency enjoys its next bullish run. Simon Peters, an analyst…
By CCN Markets: The price of bitcoin has broken through the $9,000 mark and seems well on its way to $10,000, but brokerage firm eToro believes that there’s a pullback in the cards before the cryptocurrency enjoys its next bullish run.
Simon Peters, an analyst at the multi-asset investment platform eToro, has warned investors to be prepared for a price crash before the next bullish run in bitcoin prices. In an email to CCN, Peters wrote:
“Breaking $9,000 is another significant price moment for Bitcoin, but I’m still not sold on the idea that it’s up, up, up from here. We’re due a significant correction still and prices could fall back to as low as $6,500 before the next major rise. That said, you can’t ignore the continuing price surge we’ve seen this year, and $10k is now firmly in sight.”
Peters is erring on the side of caution as far as his short-term bitcoin price forecast is concerned. So if you’re betting on a continuous spike in the price of the digital currency, you might be in for a surprise.
Investors might consider booking profits they have made this year in light of the sharp increase in the price of bitcoin this year. But that won’t change the long-term narrative as there are quite a few catalysts that will play in bitcoin’s favor and send the asset higher.
“As for the latest rise, global politics could be one reason. It’s busy out there with the US-China trade war rumbling on, a new Prime Minister on the way in Britain and protests in Hong Kong. Some investors will naturally be spooked and are seeking a safe haven in assets like crypto. Bitcoin’s price may have also been boosted by Tether ‘printing’ another $150 million USDT, which has historically been associated with a bump in crypto prices.”
Peters believes that bitcoin’s emerging status as a safe-haven asset will be crucial to its rally.
This is not surprising as bitcoin is being likened to gold, in fact, better than the yellow metal as a safe-haven investment. Hedge fund chief Mark Yusko of Morgan Creek Digital has a juicy bitcoin price forecast of as high as $500,000 as he believes that the scarce supply of the digital asset makes it a better bet than gold.
Bitcoin’s characteristics such as limited supply, its divisibility into smaller parts, and the ease of transfer from one user to another have made it into a safe-haven play. This is one of the reasons why institutional interest in the cryptocurrency has been on the rise.
Investment bank Canaccord says that as bitcoin is not correlated to stocks, gold, oil, bonds, and other assets, investors now view the cryptocurrency as an alternative investment where they can park their funds in difficult times.
Last month, half of the respondents to a survey by Fidelity Digital Assets, which is a subsidiary of asset management firm Fidelity Investments, believe that digital assets such as bitcoin have the scope to the included in their portfolios.
So if you’re holding bitcoin, it would be a great idea to stack more of it in case Peters’ prophecy of a correction is true, as the flagship cryptocurrency has just one way to move – north.
This article was edited by Samburaj Das.
Last modified: January 11, 2020 1:00 AM UTC