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  • Bitcoin’s future looks bright as the digital asset has surpassed $20,000 for the first time.
  • Several multi-million investments have propelled the flagship cryptocurrency towards new all-time highs in 2020.
  • On-chain metrics are highly in favor of Bitcoin in the long-term.
  • Bitcoin forecast poll is modestly bullish, forecasting price stability after this year’s huge rally.

The year 2020 was perhaps the best for Bitcoin ever,not only because of the price action but also for the massive increase in institutional interest. Currently, Bitcoin market capitalization is $382 billion after the digital asset hit $20,700 for the first time ever.

During 2020, Bitcoin has received support from many prominent payment platforms, most notably PayPal. Even some of the oldest Bitcoin haters out there have changed their stances about the digital asset in the past year as worldwide adoption seems practically inevitable at this point. 

Large investments in Bitcoin have propelled the digital asset price into space

The largest Bitcoin trust fund, Grayscale, has made significant investments into the digital asset throughout 2020. The fund holds more than 500,000 Bitcoins and has also heavily invested in other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Zcash, and others. 

More recently, MicroStrategy announced its plan to raise over half a million dollars to buy more Bitcoin. In a press release on December 8, 2020, the company said it plans to offer around $550 million worth of convertible bonds to raise funds to purchase even more Bitcoin. The company already holds around 40,000 BTC in total.

Other significant investments include Square, which was founded by Jack Dorsey, the current CEO of Twitter. Square invested $50 million in Bitcoin in order to diversify its balance sheet. Similarly, MassMutual also announced the purchase of $100 million worth of Bitcoin in December 2020.

Bitcoin has seen a massive increase in buying pressure throughout 2020 after the initial global crash in March at the beginning of  the coronavirus pandemic. 

Companies rush to support Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrency adoption has grown tremendously in 2020. Chainalysis, a Blockchain analysis company, has developed the Global Cryptocurrency Adoption Index, which shows the adoption of crypto-assets around the world.

Global Cryptocurrency Adoption index chart

Global Cryptocurrency Adoption Index chart

According to Chainalysis data, it seems that Russia and Ukraine lead the adoption,  with China and the United States following closely. One of the most significant announcements for the crypto market was from PayPal, which now allows US customers to purchase digital assets through the platform.  

PayPal announced the launch of a new service that enables users to buy, sell, and hold cryptocurrencies in October 2020. This announcement was also one of the main propellers of Bitcoin’s recent rally. Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal stated:

“The shift to digital forms of currencies is inevitable, bringing with it clear advantages in terms of financial inclusion and access; efficiency, speed, and resilience of the payments system; and the ability for governments to disburse funds to citizens quickly.”

JPMorgan, the American multinational investment bank, has backed this view, stating that Bitcoin’s adoption has only begun. JPMorgan Chase & Co has recently noted that gold will be suffering because of Bitcoin, as money is being shifted towards the digital asset.

“The adoption of bitcoin by institutional investors has only begun, while for gold its adoption by institutional investors is very advanced.”

DBS Bank, which was known for calling Bitcoin a Ponzi scheme back in 2017, has recently announced the launch of a cryptocurrency exchange featuring Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and XRP. 

Financial institutions around the world are increasingly interested in digital assets like Bitcoin. Laurence Fink, CEO of investment management firm BlackRock, has said that Bitcoin is gaining a lot of legitimacy as an asset class.

Max Keiser, a Bitcoin pioneer, jokingly said on Twitter that BTC is “conducting a 51% attack on fiat.” Keiser was referring to Bitcoin’s limited supply versus the inflation rate of the dollar. 

Prominent cryptocurrency analysts and personalities believe Bitcoin price will continue rising

One of the most popular prediction models for Bitcoin is the Stock-to-Flow model, which is based on halvings and the deflationary value of the flagship cryptocurrency. The chart below puts Bitcoin at a potential target of $100,000 by the end of 2021.

Bitcoin price forecast 2021 stock-to-flow model

Additionally, according to the creator of the model, PlanB, Bitcoin is poised to reach $1,000,000 within the next decade. Similarly, the Winklevoss twins, founders of Gemini exchange and holders of a large portion of BTC, have also stated that the digital asset is nowhere near  its final price.

“We think it will be the best performing asset of the current decade. Our thesis is that Bitcoin is gold 2.0 and it will disrupt gold. If it does that it has to have a market cap of $9 trillion. So we think bitcoin could price one day at $500,000 a bitcoin. So at $18,000 bitcoin, it’s a hold or if you don’t have any it’s a buy opportunity because we think there’s a 25x from here.”

Willy Woo, a popular on-chain analyst, believes that around 30% of the world population could own Bitcoin by 2024. It’s clear from these remarks that most analysts believe BTC has the potential to grow more within the next decade. However, the cryptocurrency market is nothing but unpredictable.

Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC is in price discovery mode

After cracking $20,000 for the first time ever, Bitcoin stands in the ‘price discovery’ mode as it faces practically no resistance to the upside. As Bitcoin has never established any level above $20,000, it’s harder to determine potential resistance points on the way up.

Additionally, Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) also makes it even more difficult for investors to figure out potential price targets. The long-term trend for Bitcoin has been extremely positive, especially after halvings.

BTC price prediction chart 2021During the past two halvings, the price of Bitcoin increased by 5,500% on average, followed by a market correction into two accumulation phases. The last Bitcoin halving happened on May 11, 2020, which means we have just started the bullish phase, which could last for more than one year.

If history repeats itself, Bitcoin is most likely gearing up for a run to at least $100,000 by the end of 2021. However, it’s important to note that the market’s trading volume is higher now, which means BTC price is less likely to experience sudden crashes. 

Bitcoin whales chart

When it comes to large Bitcoin holders, Santiment shows that the number of whales holding between 1,000 and 10,000 coins increased from 2,024 at the beginning of January 2020 to 2,172 by December 2020. This represents a 7%rise in the number of large holders despite Bitcoin’s price rising throughout 2020. 

This metric clearly shows that investors are interested in Bitcoin in the long term and are not willing to sell despite the digital asset’s increasing value. 

Bitcoin supply coin chart

Furthermore, the Bitcoin supply on exchanges dropped massively in 2020 from a peak of 5.17% of the total supply in March 2020 to a current low of 2.5%, which is less than half, indicating that most investors have moved their coins to private wallets, alleviating selling pressure.  

It seems that most factors are in favor of Bitcoin for 2021, especially after the digital asset broke above $20,000. Judging by the significant adoption growth in 2020, the next year should be highly beneficial for Bitcoin and the entire cryptocurrency market. 

Nenad Kerkez projects a deep correction for Bitcoin next year before another potential rally on his Camarilla Pivot Point analysis:

BTC/USD Camarilla Pivot Point Analysis

fxsoriginal by Nenad Kerkez

The pioneer of the cryptos, the BTC/USD is making new historical highs. I expect the market to drop around 25000 towards 13810 and there we might have a decision where the market will go. A move below will target 6430 and a bounce up will possibly go for 25000 again.

BTC/USD Pivot Point Camarilla forecast 2021


Forecast Poll 2021

Forecast Q1 – Mar 31st Q2 – Jun 30th Q4 – Dec 31st
Bullish 11.8% 25.7% 37.1%
Bearish 38.2% 34.3% 37.1%
Sideways 50.0% 40.0% 25.7%
Average Forecast Price 21647.57 23435.29 26455.71
EXPERTS Q1 – Mar 31st Q2 – Jun 30th Q4 – Dec 31st
Alberto Muñoz 25000 Bullish 22000 Bullish 40000 Bullish
Alex Zha 21300 Bearish 22500 Sideways 24000 Bullish
Andrew Lockwood 17000 Sideways 15000 Bearish 13000 Bullish
Andrew Pancholi 27236 Sideways 28232 Bullish 53250 Bullish
Andria Pichidi

15000 Sideways

18000 Sideways 25000 Bullish
Baruch Silvermann 15000 Bullish 13000 Bullish 10000 Bullish
Blake Morrow 25000 Sideways 15000 Sideways 30000 Bullish
Brad Alexander 25000 Bullish 30000 Sideways 18000 Bearish
Dmitry Lukashov 25000 Bullish 30000 Bullish 20000 Bullish
Dukascopy Bank Team 25000 Sideways 22000 Bullish 25000 Bullish
Eliman Dambell 27000 Bullish 16000 Sideways 14000 Sideways
FP Markets Team 19833 Bullish 24500 Bullish 32500 Bullish
Frank Walbaum 18500 Sideways 22000 Bullish 30000 Sideways
Giles Coghlan 25000 Bullish 30000 Bullish 35000 Bullish
Grega Horvat 20000 Bullish 17000 Sideways 14000 Sideways
Jay Hao 25000 Bearish 35000 Bullish 50000 Bullish
Jeff Langin 20000 Bullish 22000 Bullish 18000 Sideways
Jeffrey Halley 15000 Bullish 20000 Bullish 10000 Bullish
JFD Team 15000 Bullish 12000 Bullish 25000 Bullish
Joseph Trevisani 18000 Bullish 17000 Bullish 14000 Bullish
Kaia Parv, CFA 22500 Bearish 20000 Bullish 15000 Bullish
Konstantin Anissimov 50000 Bearish 80000 Sideways 90000 Sideways
Lennix Lai 30000 Sideways
M.Ali Zah 20000 Sideways 13000 Bullish 35000 Bearish
Matthew Levy, CFA 19000 Bullish 15000 Bullish 12000 Bullish
Ming Jong Tey 20000 Bullish 30000 Bullish 25000 Bullish
Mthokozisi Mpofu 22048 Sideways 28000 Bearish 18000 Bearish
Navin Prithyani 18000 Bullish 16000 Sideways 13000 Bullish
Paul Dixon 19000 Sideways 20000 Sideways 21000 Sideways
Rick Ackerman 21603 Bullish
RoboForex Team 21000 Sideways 25000 Sideways 24000 Bullish
Sachin Kotecha 22000 Sideways 25000 Sideways 30000 Sideways
Theotrade Analysis Team 15000 Sideways 20000 Bullish 28000 Sideways
Tomàs Sallés 24200 Bullish 30900 Bullish 48200 Bullish
Walid Salah El Din 18400 Bullish 19500 Bullish 21000 Bullish
Yohay Elam 21000 Bullish 25000 Sideways 15000 Bullish

I believe that we will see a very strong year in 2021 for Bitcoin. While it’s hard to give accurate price figures and the price never moves continuously in an upward direction, the case for BTC price rising against a backdrop of a declining US dollar, a recovering economy in which investors are seeking riskier assets and continued institutional buy-in is likely to push the price to at least $50,000 and perhaps even higher. 

by Jay Hao

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