One of the biggest ‘bulls of Bitcoin’ as he is described by analysts, Tom Lee, recently made a new statement in which he again pinpointed another optimistic price target for the most dominant cryptocurrency out there, Bitcoin (BTC).
In his new prediction, while talking to CNBC, Lee stated that Bitcoin has the potential to reach $20,000 this year – despite the struggle of the emerging markets in which BTC (and the other altcoins) are. He also discussed the emerging markets and ETFs like the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF which enables investors to allocate funds into the diverse portfolio of assets and stocks in developing markets and regions.
According to Lee:
“Both really essentially peaked early this year, and they both have been in a downward trend. Until emerging markets begin to turn, I think in some ways that correlation is going to hold and tell us that sort of the risk on mentality is those buyers aren’t buying bitcoin,”
Tom Lee has been known to the crypto market for his optimistic price predictions. Previously, he stated that Bitcoin will reach $25,000 in 2019, after which he corrected the number to $20,000 about a month ago. His company named Fundstrat, on the other hand, issued a report which indicates that Bitcoin could rise to $64,000 next year.
However, he is now confident that the strong performance of assets and ETFs will lead to an increase in the price of BTC, given the correlation between the two especially during 2017, stating:
“So why do we think they’re connected? Well, there is two factors. The first is hedge funds — see hedge funds typically rent emerging market stocks. So they do risk-on, risk-off. So when they’re risk-off, Bitcoin also suffers because they are risk off. The second reason has to do with wealth effect. Wealth effect means that if you are living in an emerging market, and you see your stock market fall hugely, that you will have a lot less money to buy Bitcoin.”
Despite the weak performance of emerging markets like ETFs, Lee expects that the price of Bitcoin will surpass $20,000 by the end of 2018, expecting a massive surge before the year ends – just like the record price movement of BTC in December 2017.
The 30% Share Battle: Hundreds Of Crypto Exchanges Compete For Market Share
“In a stagnant market, the head effect (a Chinese market concept similar to the 80-20 effect) is now more evident for cryptocurrency exchanges. The top 6 exchanges have over 3 billion in trade volume each and takes up 58.9% of the total trade volume. The top 14 exchanges have over 100 million in daily trade volume and takes up 73% of the total trade volume.”As we can all conclude from the above mentioned, the rest of the two hundred (or so) cryptocurrency exchanges only have in total - less than 30% of the entire market share. Moreover, the visits to these exchanges are declining month by month, just like the bitcoin and altcoin trading activity. Bloomberg had recently reported that the leading exchange, Coinbase, has been hit hard and that its consumers trading activity has decreased by around 80% compared to last December. According to other statistics from CoinMarketCap, Binance trading volume peaked in January 2018 and has fallen 80% since then.
South Korean Exchange UpBit to Launch In Thailand And Indonesia
“Both countries appreciate the growth potential of the cryptocurrency industry. Thailand and Indonesia are very interested in blockchain and cryptocurrency, so we thought it would be a good thing to have an online presence before launch.”Operated by Dunamu Inc. which is an affiliate of Kakao Corp. which operates the country's most popular chat app Kakaotalk, Upbit is affiliated with the US exchange Bittrex. As the news outlet shows, the exchange was also planning an expansion move overseas, quoting the CEO stating:
“From the outset of the Upbit business, the company had a blueprint to become a global foreign exchange, not limited to the domestic market.”The current websites confirm that Upbit will be available in Thailand and Indonesia soon. For Thailand, there will be 131 coins and 241 pairs listed - while Indonesians will benefit from 156 coins and 276 trading pairs, accordingly.
Bitcoin Falls To $6,300, Recording Two Sell Candles On Its Daily Chart
“High cap alternative cryptocurrencies starting to look bearish and not enough low caps are decoupling with BTC. This is by no means an ‘alt season.’ Better setups will likely come on 90% of alts out there, don’t rush into trades right now.”If Bitcoin drops below the $6,300 mark and makes its way to $6,100, tokens are also expected to suffer from a downward trend, especially in a period in which the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is cracking down on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and projects considered as security offerings. Currently, Bitcoin is trading at $6,351.
New Study Says Demand For Crypto From Millennials Is On A Rapid Rise
“Anyone that has crypto tells me they wish they bought it sooner.”Her study on millennials revealed that more than 25% of them are already using or holding digital assets. Moreover, 30% of the respondents disclosed an interest in investigating and studying cryptocurrencies with plan to invest in the near future - which makes up to 55% of millennials who already invested or are planning to invest in the emerging asset class. The study also saw that millennials do not trust banks, mainly because of the inefficient systems and outdated models that fail to address the needs of younger investors. The use of cryptocurrencies by millennials in other markets such as the US, South Korea and Japan with established exchanges, payment processors and all types of crypto-friendly platforms is expected to rise as well. For instance, the government of South Korea has recognized cryptocurrency exchanges as a legitimate financial institutions and is leading many initiatives to convince young talents to enter this market, especially the blockchain industry.
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