Bitcoin, ethereum and other major cryptocurrencies have swung wildly this week—bouncing around after a closely-watched bitcoin upgrade.
The bitcoin price has rallied back toward $60,000 per bitcoin after crashing towards $55,000 earlier this week. Ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency by value, has meanwhile soared back toward its all-time highs.
Now, as traders and investors watch for news of who will be the next chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Ark Investment Management chief executive Cathie Wood has renewed her huge bitcoin price prediction—but warned over the increasing likelihood of the Fed raising interest rates.
“There has been a lot of fear,” Wood said this week, speaking on a call with finance magazine Barron’s. “It was partly behind the correction in May. There was a shiver associated with the end of quantitative easing and then ultimately raising.”
The bitcoin price crashed in May this year following a huge rally, with the crash largely put down to China’s latest bitcoin and crypto crackdown. The bitcoin price lost around 50% of its value in a matter of weeks in May but has since climbed back to a fresh all-time high of almost $70,000.
This week, analysts at JPMorgan reeled in their prediction of when the Fed will act to curtail inflation, now putting their rate hike prediction at September next year, bringing it forward from 2023. JPMorgan now expects the Fed to raise rates by 0.25% from the third quarter of next year and keep raising them by 25 basis points every quarter “at least until real rates are at zero,” it was reported by Reuters.
“I don’t think the Fed is going to do anything very quickly and this has been part of the wall of worry in the stock market as well and yet the stock market has continued to go up,” said Wood, who’s made a name for herself with big bets on bitcoin and Elon Musk’s electric car company Tesla.
“You will have corrections for sure if the crypto market continues to scale as dramatically as it has recently, you’ll have those fears grip the market from time to time as people simply take profits because the profits have been enormous in the past year.”
However, despite raising concerns over short-term price volatility, Wood remains bullish on both bitcoin and ethereum.
“The reason we’ve used the $500,000 mark for a bitcoin price target is that if institutional investors move into bitcoin and allocate 5% of their portfolios to it, by our estimates bitcoin will go up by $500,000,” said Wood. “We can tell this is happening by looking at on-chain analytics,” she said, referring to bitcoin’s transactions being visible to anyone via its public blockchain.
“We can see who’s moving in and it looks like strong, institutional holders are moving in [to bitcoin],” Wood said, asking: “Why are they moving in? Because the correlation of returns among crypto, especially bitcoin, and other assets, stocks, bonds currencies, commodities, are very low. Studies tell us that if there’s a low correlation of returns among assets, [buying] that asset with the low correlation, you will be raising returns and lowering risk over time.”
Wood named a report by Cambridge Associates from 2019 that advised institutional investors to look into bitcoin and crypto.
“What we didn’t expect when we did our own study on bitcoin, we didn’t expect institutions, mainly corporations, to begin diversifying their cash on the balance sheet into bitcoin,” said Wood. Tesla, run by bitcoin and crypto fan Elon Musk, has popularized the idea companies could add bitcoin to their balance sheet, following in the footsteps of business sofware company Microstrategy.
“[Company, corporate and institution interest] will be another source of demand going forward, especially if the Financial Accounting Standards Board changes the accounting rules and shifts away from treating bitcoin as an intangible asset,” said Wood.
Wood said she’s also still upbeat about etherum’s prospects, after the ethereum price has leaped over the last year amid a surge of interest in blockchain-based decentralized finance (DeFi) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs)—both largely built on top of ethereum’s network.
“We’ve become just as bullish on [ethereum],” Wood said. “We see DeFi and NFTs taking off on the ethereum network.”
Rich Dad Poor Dad Author Issues Dire Warning on Inflation, Says He’s Buying Bitcoin, Ethereum and Two Additional Assets
Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki is concerned that working-class Americans will be wiped out by rising inflation unless they invest in several key assets.
In a YouTube video on The Rich Dad Channel, the widely known author says that true capitalism has been abandoned, and the government instead intervenes on behalf of banks.
“The reason they’re talking about inflation or deflation is because, way back when, in the 70s, a true capitalist would let a business fail. According to [Austrian political economist Joseph] Schumpeter, capitalism destroys inefficient companies.
If you look at one example, not too long ago there was Blockbuster Video. Then Netflix came along and they’re toast. They’re just gone. A true capitalist wipes out the inefficient or the obsolete.
But for the last so many years, since 1907 really, they’ve been saving the banks. The banks are so corrupt, and the reason the Federal Reserve had to come in was to protect the rich bankers.
And what they did was, back in 2008 there was quantitative easing, which is a very complex subject, but basically the Fed just prints money and gives it to banks to prevent them from failing. That’s not capitalism, that’s Marxism. That’s socialism, that’s communism. It’s called central banks.”
Kiyosaki warns that unlimited money printing as part of official government policy will eliminate the working class.
“The reason inflation is going to wipe out people is because the average person is a consumer. Everybody talks about, ‘T-bone steak [costs] this now, and gasoline’s this and toilet paper is that.’
That’s because… Everything’s to protect the bankers. And that’s why I feel for the working-class people. I think it’s criminal that our school system is part of Marxism. There’s no financial education in the schools and it’s not a mistake.
To the people who are complaining about inflation, just know it’s because the Federal Reserve Bank, the U.S. Treasury… they’re as corrupt as they come.”
The author tells his 1.8 million followers on Twitter that the recent 25% price increase at discount retail chain Dollar General is a bellwether event signaling that investors should protect themselves by picking up some cryptos like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), as well as gold and silver.
“Dollar Tree becomes $1.25 Tree. Inflation is a tax on the poor and middle class. Inflation makes the rich richer.
Get smart. Get richer. I am buying more gold, silver, Bitcoin, Ethereum, rental real estate, and oil. What are you buying?”
CNN Business reported this week that Dollar Tree cited rising inflation and the ongoing supply chain crisis as reasons why it planned to permanently abandon its longstanding $1 price point on all products.
At time of writing, Bitcoin is valued at $55,190, Ethereum is exchanging hands for $4,367, gold is going for $1,781, and silver is worth $22.44. Kiyosaki also issued a warning in September that a major stock market crash would occur in October of this year.
Top 3 Price Prediction Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP: Crypto markets may hit the brakes
- Bitcoin price congestion and indecision continue, but opportunities on both sides develop.
- Ethereum price fails a bullish breakout above its bear flag, threatening continuation moves south.
- XRP price is positioned at a make-or-break point, hovering above final support that could thrust Ripple below $0.80
Bitcoin price remains inside the Cloud within the Ichimoku Kinko Hyo system, indicating continued volatility and uncertainty. Ethereum price failed to close above the bear flag on Tuesday, but the bullish structure remains. XRP price barely holding support, could drop lower.
Bitcoin price develops opportunities on its Point and Figure charts
Bitcoin price remains stuck inside the Cloud on the daily Ichimoku chart, providing little opportunity or guidance when viewed from that chart style. However, Point and Figure charting reduces the ‘noise’ associated with Japanese candlestick charts and focuses only on price action, giving a clearer picture of Bitcoin’s behavior and what kind of trading opportunities exist.
A theoretical long trade setup exists with a buy stop order at $60,000, a stop loss at $58,000, and a profit target at $66,000. This hypothetical entry is exceptionally bullish for two reasons. First, the entry is a breakout above a triple-top, and second, the entry confirms a powerful bullish reversal pattern in Point and Figure known as a Bearish Fakeout.
BTC/USD $500/3-box Reversal Point and Figure Chart
The theoretical long idea is invalidated if the current O-column moves below $55,000.
On the short side of the trade, a hypothetical short idea is a sell stop order at $53,000, a stop loss at $56,000 and a profit target at $44,000. The entry confirms one of the most sought-after short entry patterns in Point and Figure, a Bearish Catapult. In addition, a trailing stop of one to two boxes to protect any implied profits would help mitigate any whipsaws in price action that may occur.
BTC/USD $1,000/3-box Reversal Point and Figure Chart
The hypothetical short setup is invalidated if the long idea above is triggered.
Mercado Pago: it will not be possible to transfer Bitcoin purchased on the platform
Mercado Pago announced the launch of a service that will allow Brazilians to buy, reserve and sell cryptocurrencies.
As announced by the payments arm of Mercado Livre, this is an initiative in partnership with Paxos.
The collaboration will allow integration with the Mercado Pago account and the management of operations, with blockchain technology.
Thus, without leaving the app, users will be able to track the price, as well as buy and sell Bitcoin, Ethereum and USDP; stablecoin from Paxos.
“This is an important milestone for Mercado Pago, which continues its trajectory by democratizing and massifying operations with cryptocurrencies. From the account, we want to accompany our users as they enter the crypto paradigm, which is gaining more and more relevance in the financial world. Based on the experience of quick and secure use of our platform, we will offer simplified access to these assets”, says Osvaldo Giménez, CEO of Mercado Pago.
Transactions with Bitcoin, Ethereum and USDP can be carried out with money available in the Mercado Pago account. The minimum purchase price is R$1.
However, at this first moment, users who buy cryptocurrencies will not be able to transfer them to external wallets.
Cryptocurrencies in the Paid Market
According to Tulio Oliveira, vice president of Mercado Pago in Brazil, with this first step towards the crypto universe, the company wants to contribute to a great leap in education and financial inclusion of the Brazilian population.
“We will monitor our users closely. Let’s help them improve their cryptocurrency trading experience. In addition, we will offer all educational support for them to make the best decisions”, he said.
Walter Hessert, head of Strategy at Paxos, said that this is a transformative moment for Latin America.
“Mercado Pago is offering a perfect experience in crypto and stablecoins, reaching millions of Brazilians. This will accelerate the conventional adoption of cryptocurrencies and stablecoins across the continent. We are excited to partner with Mercado Pago to make this possible”, he concluded.
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