Bitcoin Price Falls Below $300

Journalist:
Giulio Prisco @giulioprisco
January 3, 2015

So, it happened. After some time moving in a narrow range in the low $300s, Bitcoin price has plunged below $300. This new Bitcoin price crash at the beginning of 2015 is is a continuation of the downward trend of last year – in 2014, Bitcoin has been the worst performing currency in the world, as far as the price charts are concerned. Though, if you just open your mind to a 14-month window instead of a 12-month window, Bitcoin Price has performed much better. Try to keep this in mind.

The year-end status of Bitcoin Price is very bad news for speculators, especially for those who purchased their bitcoins one year ago when the price was above $1000, hoping to sell at a profit soon, and have seen Bitcoin price steadily going down instead.

Waiting for a more sophisticated analysis to be published soon, I wish to say once again that Bitcoin price is not important.

In 2014, Bitcoin was a very bad investment for speculators, but a very good investment for venture capitalists. They invest in cryptocurrency startups because they see that the volume of Bitcoin transactions and the adoption of Bitcoin by consumers and merchants are rising.

Also read: Forget Bitcoin Price and Bet on Bitcoin Killer Apps

Bitcoin Price Below $300

As CCN observed in September, use drives down price. If everyone wants to buy and nobody wants to sell, the price skyrockets. If more people want to sell, the price goes down. This basic principle of economy applies to everything, including Bitcoin.

Today we have a critical mass of people who use their bitcoins to buy goods and services. We pay merchants in Bitcoin, and sometimes they use bitcoins to pay their suppliers, but at some point in the chain somebody will convert the bitcoins to fiat currency, and that will pull the value of Bitcoin down.

Also read: Will Bitcoin Price Continue To Go Down?

At the same time, Bitcoin is well on its way to revolutionize finance with disruptive killer apps. Venture capitalists understand that, and some of their investments will pay off handsomely.

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Last modified (UTC): January 4, 2015 07:26

Giulio Prisco @giulioprisco

Science writer, software developer, Bitcoin/crypto enthusiast.