With a year left for the highly anticipated Bitcoin [BTC] halving, many expect the price of the top-cryptocurrency to surge prior to May 2020. Analysts have previously opined that three months to one year before the halving does the price of the cryptocurrency move up.
A new piece of research from the cryptocurrency analytics firm, CoinMetrics, suggested that in addition to the precursor pump, Bitcoin [BTC] will reach its “local peak” 18 months after the halving.
CoinMetrics charts the price of the top coin, divided based on the 2012 and 2016 halving, showing a noticeable trend. A little more than a year after the first halving when the 210,001 block was mined, the price of Bitcoin surged above $1,000 for the first time, in December 2013 to be precise.
Next, During the July 2016 halving, the coin was trading at just above $600 and within the suggested period of 18 months, the top virtual currency saw its second peak. On 17 December, the coin reached a never-before-seen high of over $19,700 as the Chicago Futures exchanges embraced the digital assets market.
With the price of Bitcoin over $5,000 for the first time in over four months, and the precursor halving bulls on the horizon, the price could surge. Furthermore, based on CoinMetrics’ inference, Bitcoin will see its third peak, higher than $20,000, by the close of 2021, eighteen months after the May 2020 halving.
The halving protocol was placed in the original whitepaper to thwart inflationary pressure that would arise with more blocks mined and more Bitcoins supplied. Historical charts prove that this objective has been adhered to, with a constant drop in the inflation rate with the two previous halvings.
In 2012, the inflation was over 25 percent and immediately after the miner reward reduction to 25 BTC per block, it dropped to under 15 percent. A bracket between 7 percent and just under 20 percent sustained until the second halving in July 2016.
The second halving saw a decline in inflation rate to under 5 percent for the first time in the coin’s history, which has been maintained till today. CoinMetrics pegs the inflation, at press time, to be 3.8 percent. Furthermore, if the historic trend continues, the inflation rate would drop by more than 50 percent to 1.8 percent in May 2020.
Based on the current market and using a historical outlook, analysts suggested that 2019 will be the year of building the industry while the price effect will manifest next year, with the halving being at the very core. Many believe that institutional interest on the rise and the growing crypto-adoption surge could result in a bullish 2020.
Charlie Lee, BTCC’s co-founder suggested in December 2018 that Bitcoin’s next rally will begin in “late 2020”, months after the halving and would peak in December 2021 at 333,000. However, the precursor to this rise would be a January 2019 bottom of $2,500 which did not materialize.
More Bitcoin ATMs are being introduced by LibertyX as interest grows
- The company behind first launching Bitcoin ATMs in the United States, LibertyX to introduce more.
- LibertyX have announced they will add another 90 ATMs to its network.
LibertyX, the firm that launched the first Bitcoin (BTC) automated teller machine (ATM), in the United States, will be adding 90 new machines to its network.
The Boston-based firm will be partnering with independent ATM operator DesertATM, as part of the network expansion, as detailed within a report by global ATM market publication ATMmarketplace on July 18.
DesertATM will be uploading LibertyX on 90 of its Genmega ATMs to facilitate Bitcoin operations. In terms of the new Bitcoin ATM locations, these will be placed at; gas stations such as AMPM, ARCO & Chevron, as well as Family Dollar retail stores, as per the press release notes.
Bitcoin not yet banned in India, regulations around the corner
- The Minister of State to the Ministry of Finance told the upper house of the Indian Parliament, cryptos are not banned yet.
- The Minister, Anurag Singh Thakur, also stressed the need of creating a solution that caters to global regulators.
As per Anurag Singh Thakur, the Minister of State to the Ministry of Finance, holding or trading cryptocurrencies is not banned in India. During an address to the upper house of the Indian Parliament, Thakur stated that the Reserve Bank of India and the Ministry of Finance have issued notices regarding the use of Bitcoin and other similar coins:
“Presently, there is no separate law for dealing with issues relating to cryptocurrencies. Hence, all concerned Departments and law enforcement agencies, such as RBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax authorities, etc. take action as per the relevant existing laws.”
The Minister’s response followed a recent report regarding an alleged crypto blanket ban draft which stated that the government would sentence crypto traders with a ten-year imprisonment.
In a separate letter addressed to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Thakur stated that an interministerial committee needs to create a solution that caters to global regulators:
“It is difficult to state a specific timeline to come up with clear recommendations. The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs is examining all issues, including the pros and cons of the introduction of an official digital currency in India. No decision on licensing and authorizing any entity or company to operate such schemes or deal with Bitcoins or any virtual currency has been made as yet.”
Bitcoin price prediction: BTC/USD faces two healthy resistance levels on path back to $11,000
- BTC/USD is currently trading around $10,545.
- The two resistance levels are at $10,575 and $10,700.
BTC/USD had a bearish Friday where the price fell from $10,660 to $10,540. Bitcoin managed to have a bullish start to this Saturday and is currently trading for $10,545. The daily confluence detector shows two moderate-strong resistance levels at $10,575 and $10,700. On the downside, there are two support levels of note at $10,500 and $10,375.
BTC/USD daily confluence detector
The $10,575 resistance level has the 1-week Fibonacci 61.8% retracement level, while the $10,700 has the most substantial resistance level but no confluences has been detected. On the downside, the $10,500 support level has the 100-day simple moving average (SMA 100) and the 1-hour previous low. The $10,375 level possesses the 1-day Fibonacci 38.2% retracement level.