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Bitcoin Price Pump: Why BTC Rises to $55,000, Its Highest in 5 Months

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With Bitcoin holding up despite the turmoil, many began to see it as a haven for their resources for the time being.

The Bitcoin price pump continued on Wednesday as the price spiked to $55,000. This is the cryptocurrency’s highest in five months and it comes even as institutional investors jumped on the bull trend. This week alone, the bitcoin price has risen by more than 13%.

Favorable developments in Washington this week have been linked to the bitcoin price pump. Speaking in front of the House Financial Services Committee, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler stated that he had no plan to ban cryptocurrency. Gensler noted that a ban would be up to Congress. With his comment mirroring that of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, institutional investors found the impetus to jump on cryptocurrencies.

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Also, the Chief Investment Officer of Bitwise Asset Management noted that favorable regulation is the primary driver of bull trends in cryptocurrency. A survey of financial advisors by Bitwise found out that the primary reason for not allocating resources to cryptocurrency in the last three years has been regulatory uncertainty.

Hougan said, “Regulatory uncertainty is what’s still keeping investors out of the market and every time we get a step closer to regulatory clarity, you see this kind of reaction.”

Head of market insights at Genesis, Noelle Acheson, noted there were clear indications the bitcoin price pump is institutionally driven.

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She said, “Institutional investors move as a herd, they are momentum chasers. When they see this kind of momentum, they start to think, what am I going to miss?” Acheson stated that institutions do not like to be outperformed by their competitors. Hence, they’ll pile into the trend.

Likewise, she noted that Bitcoin has performed better than altcoins and DeFi assets over a 24-hour were something new. This, she claimed, was a sign of institutions jumping on crypto.

Bitcoin Price Pump: Falling Stocks or a Safe Haven?

Following Janet Yellen’s comments that the US economy could enter a recession in as little as two weeks, the market became tumultuous. Rising rates, high inflation, and the debt limit dented investor sentiment have caused a free fall of stocks.

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With Bitcoin holding up despite the turmoil, many began to see it as a haven for their resources for the time being. CNBC’s Jim Cramer noted that if what Yellen said becomes true, the dollar won’t be as valuable as crypto.

As of the time of writing, the price of bitcoin was hovering at $54,605.94 according to CoinGecko.

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Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead: Bitcoin (BTC) Already Up 100% in This Bull Run

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How big is median increase in Bitcoin (BTC) price in bullish market phases?

As Bitcoin (BTC) reclaims $62,000 level, Dan Morehead, CEO of the first-ever cryptocurrency-focused VC firm in the U.S., shares the comprehensive statistics of the last six bull runs for Bitcoin.

Bitcoin (BTC) price doubled in 87 days: Bull Run 2021

According to the latest tweet by Mr. Morehead, the Bitcoin (BTC) price witnessed a 2x increase in the first 87 days of the ongoing bullish wave.

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Unlike many other experts, Mr. Morehead identifies two separate “bull run” phases in 2020-2021. During the previous one, between March 16, 2020, and April 14, 2021, it took 394 days for Bitcoin (BTC) to increase its price 13x and print a new all-time high.

According to his infographic, the most impressive rally ended with a 106x increase of the orange coin’s price in 2015-2017.

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That said, the median Bitcoin (BTC) price bull run lasted for 300 days and increased the “king coin’s price” by 15x.

Will Bitcoin ETF mark the top of the BTC cycle?

At the same time, according to “The Next Price Era” letter issued by Pantera Capital on Oct. 6, 2021, the hotly-anticipated approval of Bitcoin (BTC) ETFs is listed amidst the possible “sell the news” events.

Mr. Morehead noticed that the launch of CME Bitcoin Futures and Coinbase direct listing triggered painful bear markets:

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Will someone please remind the day before the bitcoin ETF officially launches?  I might want to take some chips off the table.

As covered by U.Today previously, similar statements were made by CNBC’s Jim Cramer.

The seasoned analyst also revealed his plans to “cash out” 50% of his Ethereum (ETH) bags.

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Bitcoin Will Significantly Underperform Altcoin Market As New Crypto Price Era Unfolds: Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead

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The founder and chief executive officer of Pantera Capital says that investors can expect altcoins to outperform Bitcoin (BTC) in the long term.

In a recent edition of Pantera’s Blockchain Letter, the head of the digital asset management firm outlines Dan Morehead’s key quotes from the SALT 2021 conference in New York. During the conference, Morehead said that even though his company has greatly profited from BTC, he emphasized that most future crypto gains will come from altcoin investments.ADVERTISEMENT

“My perspective is: Bitcoin has been amazing – Pantera Bitcoin Fund is up 67,000% since inception. However, I think the majority of future gains will be from tokens outside of Bitcoin. I know that sounds heretical to some people here, but that’s my professional opinion.”

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Morehead compares the rise of Bitcoin and its competitors to that of the tech industry boom during the late 1990s.

“It’s like saying in 1998 that [the] majority of future tech gains would come from outside Microsoft.

At the time, Microsoft was worth $218 billion, Apple $3.5 billion, Amazon was $2.2 billion. Google and Facebook were zero – they didn’t even exist. In the years since Microsoft did great – it went up 10x. However, 80% of the tech gains in these five stocks came from outside Microsoft.

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That’s the view I have here – I think BTC is going to go up a ton – like 10x. It’s a great investment…[but] I think the broader portfolio is going to outperform.”

At time of writing, BTC has a market cap of $1.156 trillion while all altcoins combined have a market cap of $1.327 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap.

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s are now selling ‘way more’ US Dollars to buy Bitcoin

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El Salvador’s mainstream Bitcoin (BTC) adoption gains momentum during the ongoing bull run as citizens increasingly exchange their United States dollar savings for Bitcoin. 

President Nayib Bukele shared this new development on Twitter based on the data acquired from El Salvador’s in-house wallet service, Chivo. President Bukele said:

“People are inserting way more USD (to buy #BTC) than what they are withdrawing from the Chivo ATMs.”

He also urged media outlets to independently confirm the above information by visiting the ATMs. President Bukele further stated that Chivo has reported 24,076 remittance requests “adding up to $3,069,761.05 in one day.”

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The increase in USD to Bitcoin conversions within the jurisdiction reflects a change in investor sentiment, which initially faced resistance during adoption from the general public. Moreover, the Salvadorean government offers various subsidies for using Bitcoin such as fuel subsidies and tax exemptions. 

El Salvador has installed over 200 ATMs after adopting Bitcoin as a legal tender, making it the third-largest network of crypto ATMs after the United States and Canada.

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A Cointelegraph report shows that El Salvador exceeded United Kingdom’s crypto ATM count after deploying 205 crypto ATMs, mainly to facilitate local Bitcoin transactions and Bitcoin to U.S. dollars conversions.

Recently, the Salvadorean government announced to build a $4 million veterinary hospital using the profits attained during the Bitcoin bull market. According to President Bukele, the veterinary hospital will host four operating rooms, four emergency clinics, 19 offices, and a rehabilitation area: “We decided to invest a part of that money in this: a veterinary hospital for our furry friends.”

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