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What's Behind Bitcoin's Remarkable Surge?
October has brought a surge of optimism to the cryptocurrency market, with Bitcoin leading the charge.
As of the present moment, Bitcoin is trading at $34,032, marking an impressive 20% increase over just one week and a staggering 105% year-to-date. Even amid global economic uncertainty, substantial capital outflows from the crypto realm, and a notable slump in the DeFi sector, Bitcoin has managed to maintain its status as the dominant cryptocurrency in the year 2023.
According to David Lo, the Head of Financial Logics at Bybit, we can anticipate Bitcoin reaching as high as $40,000 in the final quarter of this year.
Lo's report indicates that the primary catalysts for Bitcoin's growth are the excitement surrounding the BTC spot ETF news and the convergence of traders. Following this wave of enthusiasm, many traders and analysts have presented their price forecasts and technical charts, with a consensus emerging that $31,000 and $32,000 are pivotal levels to confirm the continuation of a longer-term bullish trend.
Lo suggests that Bitcoin and the overall crypto market are transitioning back to a more "volatile and normalized trading environment." This shift comes at an intriguing juncture, following concerns about heightened inflation and mounting geopolitical tensions worldwide.
"In the early stages of a bull market, Bitcoin typically leads the way and sees its dominance increase. With $31,000 now established as the new support level, Bitcoin's next target is $36,000, with $40,000 well within reach, given the escalating volatility."
The Optimistic Outlook for Bitcoin
Lo also references the insights of Bill Ackman, a billionaire hedge fund manager who recently closed out his short position in US treasuries. Ackman attributed this move to mounting concerns about global inflation, deglobalization, and rising geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.
This environment is precisely where Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies tend to thrive, a viewpoint shared by Max Keiser, a crypto advocate and the founder of Volcano Energy. Keiser believes that Bitcoin prospers during periods of "social unrest and societal breakdown."
The backdrop of rising inflation and the Federal Reserve's hawkish monetary policies is expected to be advantageous for Bitcoin holders. In sum, the macroeconomic landscape is increasingly favorable for Bitcoin holders, according to Lo.
Rewards and Risks in 2024
April 2024 will witness the next Bitcoin halving event, a significant occurrence that will halve the BTC rewards per block. Changpeng Zhao (CZ), the CEO of Binance, points to historical data and events to suggest that the months and years following the halving typically yield new all-time highs for Bitcoin.
While 2024 seems poised to present a confluence of economic and geopolitical factors that could favor Bitcoin's pricing, there are also potential risks to bear in mind, as highlighted by Lo:
"For instance, the pace of the bitcoin spot ETF approval process in the US remains uncertain. Additionally, there is the potential for GBTC holders and various bankruptcy estates to sell bitcoin, which could exert downward pressure on prices."
It's worth noting that Bitcoin is currently highly sensitive to any news related to ETFs, particularly if it emanates from BlackRock. As reported, The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) briefly removed BlackRock's Bitcoin ETF, iBTC, from its ETF list shortly after its addition on Monday, triggering $37 million in long liquidations across the crypto market in the past hour. Subsequently, the ticker reappeared on the site.
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