Bitcoin: A long-term price analysis

Will Bitcoin ever hit $20,000 again? What about $100,000 or $1,000,000? Let's take a look at some famous predictions and possible scenarios

Something all technical analysts like to say, following Ray Dalio’s advice, is that people can’t predict both price targets and time frames. With long-term predictions, usually you either bet on a certain price without caring too much about the time frame, or bet on a time frame without caring too much about price.

Whilst this is an interesting notion that I tend to agree with, we humans like to predict stuff, so let’s just put that advice to one side for now and see what some key analysts have prepared for us today!

Long-term Bitcoin price action

The chart above is often used to look into Bitcoin’s long-term price action. At the time of writing, BTC is trading above $8,750 after price spiked during the weekend, climbing from $8,000 to almost $9,000 in the space of a few hours.

I expect Bitcoin to break $10,000 before the end of the year, and I expect the $20,000 barrier to be broken sometime during the following year (2020). Still, major events can happen which could potentially extend the time frame or do the exact opposite.

Usually, black swan events are associated with big price moves. Remember the Mt Gox hack or when the CME futures product launch? Those events clearly had a huge influence on short-term price action, even though in the longer term – as seen above – you can hardly see them (especially the events pulling price downwards).

Other major events that tend to have a long-term positive impact on price are the halving events – when the Bitcoin reward given to miners is cut in half. Around six months to a year afterwards, price tends to break record highs. Will the trend continue? I don’t see why not. The less supply there is, the more pressure there is on price to move upwards.

This is assuming that there is not a black swan event that causes the market to panic, like a decisive fork (remember BCH?) which can split the network into smaller pieces, destroying some of the underlying value – as Bitcoin is based on its network of users.

Fundamentals keep improving

Earlier this month, Heisenberg Capital, an investment fund led by Bitcoin investor and maximalist Max Keiser – from the show “The Keiser Report” – has announced BTC has been its flavour of choice when it comes to long-term holdings, and I have a feeling it’s not alone.

Even if we assume that Bitcoin’s trajectory follows its historical trend, we are still looking at a six-figure price level in the very near future. To see why, we have to look at Bitcoin’s major cycles.

Between the tops of the first cycle (2011) and the second cycle (2013), Bitcoin gained more than 3,600%. Between the tops of the second cycle and the third cycle (2017), the price gained roughly 1,600%. If we assume a similar halving in terms of percentage growth, the next major bull cycle will see gains of roughly 800%. That’s 800% from the December 2017 high. This would give us a price of around $180,000-$190,000.

Even if we take longer to get there, my personal opinion is that we’ll eventually get there. There’s little that could wipe out Bitcoin at this point.

My long-term price prediction is that in less than three years, so around December 2021, Bitcoin will have broken way above $100,000.

Have I just shot myself in the foot? Only time will tell!

Until then, safe trades!

More Bitcoin news and information

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As with any investment, it pays to do some homework before you part with your money. The prices of cryptocurrencies are volatile and go up and down quickly. This page is not recommending a particular currency or whether you should invest or not.

*The views and opinions expressed by the author should not be considered financial advisement. The author is not a professional trader, nor investor. 

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