Bitcoin has hit new all-time highs quite a few times in the last week. At the time of writing, bitcoin has struck a high of $34,830. Clearly, bitcoin is in a bull run, especially with Coinbase striking, what could be, potential OTC deals pushing BTC out of exchanges.
With more BTC being bought up by hungry institutions or high-net-worth individuals, the scenario for bitcoin is getting more bullish by the second. While the retail FOMO plays a part in this rally, I think it’s time to take a step back and look at what’s happening in the market.
The Bigger Picture
Let’s start in August 2020, the day Michael Saylor announced that MicroStrategy was looking to buy bitcoin as an alternative investment. Two months later, Fidelity pushed out research titled “Bitcoin Investment Thesis: Bitcoin’s role as an alternative investment”.
In hindsight, these two events among others are what sparked the bull run that we see today.
Let’s look at what has happened since August.
- MicroStrategy invested ~half of $1 billion in cash reserves in Bitcoin without moving the price of BTC.
- Since this was the first major investment by a traditional finance company in bitcoin, it was paraded all over the news for bringing more credibility to bitcoin among retail.
- CashApp and many companies invest in bitcoin to prevent their cash reserves from debasing due to inflation by the Fed.
Even with billions of dollars moving into bitcoin, the price seemed to stay put as it hovered around the previous all-time high. After two failed attempts, the price went above the 2017-high at $19,666.
- Michael Saylor invested the other half of $1 billion in bitcoin despite what the critics had to say.
- Major Bitcoin outflows from major exchanges such as Coinbase Pro, Binance, etc.
- Drying up of the exchange reserves as a result of point 2 and retail pulling out their BTC from exchanges, signifying the strength of the rally.
- Unlike 2017, this bull run showed that retail is more matured. Hence, the bull run this time around isn’t as volatile as it was in 2017.
- More companies/institutions are actively looking to buy more BTC or are already buying it.
Point of inflection
Since 2017, things have been difficult, for both the front end of the bitcoin ecosystem which includes investors, exchanges, companies built around bitcoin, and the backend, which includes miners and related companies.
Let’s take a look at miners and what’s happening with them, especially since they are the major source of selling pressure in the entire bitcoin ecosystem.
After the March crash, the worst was behind for miners, and by the start of the 3rd quarter, things were already looking up for them. This is when bitcoin crossed $8,000 and eventually hit $10,000.
At this point miners were not profitable enough, hence, selling pressure was present. Considering the price now, miners will only have to sell a portion of their mined bitcoins to cover all expenses incurred due to mining.
This selling pressure has now reduced, which is the third reason why bitcoin is heading higher without stopping.
Together. these events in whatever order, have caused bitcoin to surge. As for what the future holds, bitcoin will keep surging, as more people keep depositing stablecoins to exchanges.
Perhaps, the best point for a local top would be at $40,200. From this point, we can expect bitcoin to start its retracement, but then again, the further one tries to predict the future, the more uncertain the conclusions are going to be.
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