Are strong technicals enough to bring Bitcoin price to $100K in 2021?


After scaling as much as a relative excessive of round $53,000 simply over two weeks in the past, it appeared as if Bitcoin (BTC) was nicely on its approach to reclaiming its former all-time highs. Nevertheless, the sequence of occasions that unfolded over the previous week has seen the world’s largest cryptocurrency by whole market capitalization lose practically 13% of its worth, with a single BTC presently buying and selling close to $45,800.

That stated, the aforementioned volatility appears to have left Normal Chartered’s cryptocurrency analysis unit fully unfazed, with the analysts referring to Bitcoin’s most recent plunge as being a “false dip” whereas reiterating {that a} year-end goal of $100,000 per BTC remains to be fairly achievable for the flagship cryptocurrency.

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The banking behemoth believes that Bitcoin can have hit $100,000 by “late 2021 or early 2022,” a transfer that will likely be accompanied by an enormous spike within the worth of Ether (ETH) as nicely. Actually, the analysis crew pointed out that Ether is “structurally” valued at a year-end worth level between $26,000 and $35,000, nonetheless, to ensure that that to occur, BTC should scale as much as $175,000. 

Contributing components

To get a greater concept of whether or not a year-end projection of $100,000 per BTC remains to be possible, Cointelegraph reached out to Ben Caselin, head of analysis and technique at cryptocurrency alternate AAX. In his view, final Tuesday’s sell-off was a traditional “promote the information” transfer, including that he believes that an elaborate “bear lure” might have been at play. Caselin instructed Cointelegraph:

“I do anticipate $100K remains to be in play for Bitcoin this yr — if something, $100K can be underwhelming. Actually, if we comply with PlanB’s stock-to-flow, we’re nonetheless transferring within the decrease band, tracing ‘worst-case-scenario costs,’ which stood at $47K final month, $43K in September, and a minimum of $135K on the finish of the yr.”

He added that in the case of Bitcoin, there’s extra worth in on-chain information reasonably than worth technicals alone, because it permits customers to realize a extra high-resolution view of what’s truly taking place throughout the community in real-time. 

Equally, Tommy Schreiner, senior analysis analyst at crypto information supplier TheTIE, instructed Cointelegraph that there’s nonetheless a wholesome likelihood that Bitcoin can attain $100,000 by the shut of 2021:

“$100K appears as ridiculous maybe as $50K did final yr, however there are components in play that don’t fully out-rule that situation. The latest pullback was largely a de-levering of the market, as a big proportion of leveraged open curiosity received worn out and successfully reset all of the bullish merchants who had been going YOLO.”

Schreiner additional emphasised that regardless of all of the financial turmoil throughout the globe, the USA Federal Reserve has proven no indicators of stopping the cash printer, one thing he believes to be signal for comparatively riskier property resembling cryptocurrencies. 

Moreover, he highlighted that layer-one options resembling Solana, Terra, Avalanche, Polygon and Fantom have continued to herald new cash into the worldwide digital asset ecosystem in latest months, one thing which will additionally assist spur BTC’s worth. 

“NFTs [nonfungible tokens] are burning an enormous quantity of Ethereum each day, regardless of pricing out quite a lot of retail customers. So if $100K appears ridiculous, maybe take a look at how far crypto has are available in only a yr,” Schreiner stated.

Nick Spanos, co-founder of Zap Protocol, believes that El Salvador’s latest acceptance of Bitcoin as authorized tender has the digital forex nicely on its approach to hitting the $100,000 mark by the end of the year. “Ether can also be seeking to hit $10,000 by then,” he stated.

Some doubts for $100,000

Lennix Lai, monetary markets director at cryptocurrency alternate OKEx, believes that whereas Bitcoin’s future appears poised for good issues, that doesn’t essentially imply the premier digital forex will shut out the yr at $100,000. He instructed Cointelegraph:

“I feel we’d see a short-term correction contemplating the loom on upcoming tapering from the U.S. Bitcoin remains to be very delicate to the worldwide cash provide. But on the similar time, the cryptocurrency is turning into a reputable various asset class and everyone seems to be in search of sure parts of asset allocation.” 

Lai did concede that if within the near-to-mid future even when 1% of the world’s whole wealth had been to stream into Bitcoin, then a worth goal of $100,000 per BTC may fairly simply be attained.

Equally, for Igneus Terrenus, head of communications at cryptocurrency alternate Bybit, essentially the most compelling case for Bitcoin’s worth reaching $100,000 this yr stays the approval of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the USA, which, in his opinion, will assist open up the BTC market to new members, resembling retirement funds and wealth administration merchandise. 

“SEC punted the [BTC ETF] choice from Sept. 8 all the way down to its new date of Nov. 14 — nonetheless throughout the calendar yr of 2021. Anecdotal proof exhibits that the majority wealth managers are requested by their purchasers about Bitcoin publicity. An ETF may be the best automobile for this to occur,” he instructed Cointelegraph. 

Bitcoin’s technicals look sturdy 

Regardless of latest volatility, Bitcoin’s fundamentals appear to be fairly sturdy in the intervening time. On this regard, Charles Edwards, creator of one of many world’s most well-known Bitcoin metrics, Hash Ribbons, just lately claimed that so long as the flagship cryptocurrency is ready to hover above its all-important $42,000 resistance zone, it should proceed to stay within the inexperienced.

Late final yr, Edwards predicted that by the top of 2021, Bitcoin might be a worth goal of between $100,000 and $200,000. He stated he can be “shocked” if Bitcoin didn’t hit $50,000 in 2021, a projection that got here true after the forex reached its all-time excessive of $63,000 earlier this yr.

In Edward’s view, one of the crucial vital variations between this present rally and former ones is the comparatively low stage of retail curiosity that has been witnessed throughout the board. Actually, to achieve a brand new all-time excessive this yr, he believes Bitcoin must spend a substantial period of time above the $50,000 vary. “I feel that might reengage extra retail curiosity,” he stated.

Regardless that $100,000 might not be within the playing cards for Edwards, he believes the market is slowly however absolutely closing in on the worth level. Nevertheless, to ensure that that to occur anytime within the coming three to 4 months, he believes that both renewed retail curiosity must be generated or a major variety of purchases from main S&P 500 corporations like Tesla must happen.

Wanting forward

When put next with earlier occasions, the financial results of the 2020 halving have been fairly tame up till now, with Bitcoin having solely skilled a 4x enhance in its worth. As compared, we will see that within the years following the 2012 and 2016 halvings, BTC’s worth rose by 55x and 15x, respectively, thereby suggesting {that a} transfer to $100,000 may nonetheless be doable.

Will probably be fascinating to see how the approaching few days play out for the cryptocurrency market at giant, particularly as regulators all around the world proceed to tighten their grips on this still-nascent trade.