Bitcoin and several of its altcoin cousins appear to have jumped back into action over the past few days. BTC – the world’s number one digital currency by market cap – is trading for just under $50,000 per unit, and many analysts think if the currency can move beyond this number and stay there for some time, a major bull run could be heading our way.
Bitcoin Is Exploding Again
If bitcoin hits $50,000, it will be the first time such a feat is accomplished since December of last year. The maneuvers are reminiscent of what investors noticed at the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. During that time, the currency had fallen to a new low. However, within the first few months of 2019, the asset began to recover, and it wasn’t long before bitcoin was experiencing a solid summer that had a lot of people breathing a sigh of relief.
This is arguably no different. At the end of 2021/ beginning of 2022, bitcoin began to suffer greatly. After hitting a new all-time high of $68,000 per unit, the currency fell into the depths and was trading for nearly half that number in January and February of this year. Now, however, it looks like the currency has added another $10,000 to its price and is potentially swinging back into the limelight.
Nigel Green – chief executive of the financial advisory firm deVere Group – said that FOMO – or fear of missing out – is arguably going to push the bitcoin price higher, and he thinks that Ethereum – the second largest crypto by market cap and the number one competitor to bitcoin – will experience something of a “supply squeeze” or shortage that could potentially cause the asset to surge to new heights. In an interview, he commented:
Bitcoin is up nearly 25 percent in the last ten days, smashing through the $35,000 – $45,000 band where it has been lodged since January. It’s now edging nearer to the important $50,000 level. Should it also surge through this key price marker, we expect the current bull run would become supercharged as crypto FOMO would kick in, as it typically does when the bitcoin price shoots up.
Will Ethereum Become a Much Rarer Coin?
In addition, evidence is appearing that institutional investors are beginning to support bitcoin with all their strength. Nigel commented:
This is now becoming clear even to institutional investors – including credit unions, banks, large funds such as mutual or hedge funds, venture capital funds, insurance companies, and pension funds – as well as governments and multinational corporations.
Regarding the supply squeeze, Into the Block – a blockchain data provider – stated that a heavy amount of ether tokens supporting the Ethereum network have been burned, and thus there are far less to be traded. This, the platform suggests, could give the asset a new level of rarity and boost its price.