Bitcoin to Crack $15,000 This Week amid Waning Trust in Fiat: Max Keiser

August 4, 2019 10:45 UTC

Bitcoin bull Max Keiser already has a six-figure price target for the flagship cryptocurrency. He believes that the digital asset will eventually replace gold as a safe-haven investment and beat the returns of all asset classes. If that claim doesn’t seem ambitious to you, then his latest tweet definitely will. Bitcoin is currently trading at just under $10,700, and the Keiser Report host predicts the cryptocurrency will stage a tremendous rally of 40 percent to $15,000 this week. But is that really possible?

Is Max Keiser’s weekly bitcoin price forecast credible?

Going by past trends, Max Keiser’s $15,000 target for this week cannot be brushed away as a whiff of fantasy. On June 24, bitcoin was trading at the same level as where it is right now, and it didn’t take long for the price to shoot up to almost $13,900 in just a couple of days.

Max Keiser predicts that bitcoin is set to rally 40% this week. | Source: TradingView

The price of the cryptocurrency shot up around 30 percent in just two days at that time as investors moved money back into bitcoin from Tether, a stablecoin. But the rally didn’t last for long as the price plunged to almost $9,100 toward mid-July. This was a pullback of nearly 30 percent, just as crypto trader Josh Rager had anticipated.

However, a 30 percent pullback in the bitcoin price is usually followed by a massive rally of around 150 percent.

Assuming that $9,100 was the bottom, the price could zoom to nearly $23,000 by the time the next bull cycle peaks. This makes Keiser’s $15,000 forecast look conservative, though the fact that he expects bitcoin to hit this mark this week is what makes his estimate a bit challenging to achieve.

But don’t be surprised if bitcoin actually ends the coming week at $15,000.

A breakout in the cards

Technical patterns suggest that a bitcoin breakout could happen sooner rather than later. As pointed out by CCN’s Kiril Nikolaev, bitcoin’s Bollinger bands are contracting and the daily trading range is getting narrower.

Nikolaev explains that the contraction of the bands, when combined with the formation of a falling wedge bullish continuation pattern, indicates that a surge in the bitcoin price could be in the cards. He goes on to add that bitcoin could hit $12,000 thanks to the falling wedge breakout pattern.

So technical analysis suggests that bitcoin is on track to shoot higher, but Keiser’s prediction is based on a different estimate.

His tweet suggests that people will start buying bitcoin thanks to flailing confidence levels in central banks and governments that control fiat money. His theory seems credible given that the price of bitcoin has been inching up over the past few days in light of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate cut.

The Fed has increased the supply of the U.S. dollar in order to achieve a lower interest rate. This has reduced the value of the dollar and is probably the reason why the price of bitcoin has been on the rise as investors hunt a safe-haven asset.

After all, the supply of bitcoin is limited, so it cannot be manipulated by some central bank. This is why Keiser’s ambitious claim should not be discounted.

Last modified: August 4, 2019 10:35 UTC

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Harsh covers tech, gaming, cryptocurrencies, and other financial topics on CCN since 2019. He has also written for other reputed publications such as The Motley Fool, TheStreet, and Seeking Alpha, and gets regularly featured on Yahoo! Finance. Harsh is based out of Indore, India. You can follow him on Twitter @techjunk13 or email him at harsh.chauhan(at)outlook.com.