Bitcoin returned above $50,000 this week for the first time since early September, following a market-wide resurgence.
The cryptocurrency reached above $55,000 on Wednesday and has remained around this level ever since. The latest price gains coming after bitcoin briefly fell below $30,000 at the end of July, with bitcoin now less than $10,000 away from the all-time price high it experienced in mid April.
Other leading cryptocurrencies have mirrored bitcoin’s fortunes in recent weeks, with Ethereum (ether), Binance Coin and dogecoin all rising by between 15-30 per cent since this time last week.
The overall crypto market is now valued at nearly $2.2 trillion – up more than 15 per cent since the start of October.
After a poor September, some analysts are predicting a strong end to 2021. One price prediction model, which proved remarkably accurate in August and September, puts bitcoin on track to hit six figures before Christmas, though there are some caveats.
We’ll have all the latest news, analysis and expert price predictions right here.
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Investors favouring bitcoin over gold, JPMorgan says
14:47 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Bitcoin is often referred to as “digital gold”, as its limited supply means it could be used as a safe-haven asset much the way gold is. However, with a market cap of just over $1 trillion, the cryptocurrency is currently worth less than a tenth of gold’s overall value.
Some bitcoin advocates are betting that the crypto will eventually surpass gold, and this shift in investor sentiment may already be underway - at least according to analysts at JPMorgan.
The banking giant said in a note today that institutional investors are taking money out of gold and putting it into bitcoin.
“The re-emergence of inflation concerns among investors has renewed interest in the usage of bitcoin as an inflation hedge,” the note said. “Institutional investors appear to be returning to bitcoin perhaps seeing it as a better inflation hedge than gold.”
US Senator discloses $100,000 bitcoin purchase
10:36 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Crypto-loving US Senator Cynthia Lummis has revealed that she bought between $50,001 and $100,000 worth of bitcoin.
The long-time bitcoin advocate disclosed the purchase as per the 2012 STOCK Act, which requires members of Congress to publicly reveal their holdings of stocks, bonds and commodity futures within 45 days of a transaction.
Earlier this year, the Republican senator revealed that she owns bitcoin worth between $100,000 and $250,000.
In June, she said: “I would like to see cryptocurrency, like bitcoin, become part of a diversified asset allocation that are used in retirement funds and other opportunities for people to save for the future.”
Bitcoin price steadies crypto market
09:49 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Bitcoin has remained steady for the second day in a row, moving in price by less than 1 per cent over the last 24 hours.
It has swept in a moment of calm across the whole cryptocurrency market, with Ethereum (ether), Ripple (XRP) and dogecoin all shifting by a similar amount since yesterday. Bullish analysts believe this period of price consolidation is necessary before the next leg up, though pessimists would say the rally has run out of steam.
Here’s a snapshot of the crypto market this morning, courtesy of CoinMarketCap.
06:40 , Vishwam Sankaran
After El Salvador’s adoption of bitcoin as legal tender, the Swiss national railways firm SBB has decided to allow customers to buy the cryptocurrency at its railway ticket machines.
Customers can buy Bitcoin worth a minimum of CHF 100 (79 £) and up to CHF 500 (395 £), SBB noted, adding that the service will be available round the clock.
While people can buy bitcoin using the ticketing machine, they cannot yet make payments using the cryptocurrency, CoinQuora reported.
Bitcoin and Ethereum set for ‘ludicrously strong’ end to 2021
Thursday 7 October 2021 15:44 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Throughout the crypto market dip between late April and August, many analysts and cryptocurrency experts remained relentlessly bullish about bitcoin’s price potential in 2021.
One of those is Nick Spanos, a renowned crypto innovator and co-founder of Zap Protocol, who believes leading cryptocurrencies are set for a record-breaking end to the year.
Today he tells us that bitcoin and Ethereum (ether) are in for a “ludicrously strong” October, November and December. Here’s what he had to say:
Bitcoin, Ethereum and the broader crypto market are likely to have a ludicrously strong Q4, and I predict we will see new all-time highs across the board by 2022.
BTC and ETH are already approaching their all-time highs, and I predict Bitcoin to breach the $100,000 mark as early as year-end, while Ethereum is well-placed to hit $10,000-$12,000 by then.
The cryptocurrency market has already demonstrated itself to be increasingly resilient to adverse market developments, such as China clamping down on crypto or Elon Musk backtracking on his pro-crypto stance.
This is crucial to crypto’s long-term success, and I believe the market will become even more resilient as crypto investors get used to seeing crypto always bounce back better and stronger.
This will result in less panic-selling, and therefore dips and market crashes will become a much rarer occurrence.
Baby Shiba Inu coin moons 1,000% in price
Thursday 7 October 2021 14:57 , Anthony Cuthbertson
While the majority of the crypto market settles after a bubbly few days, one meme coin has bucked all trends to shoot up 1,000 per cent over the last 24 hours.
Baby Shiba Inu has risen from $0.0000000026 to above $0.000000029, ranking it among the top 3,000 cryptocurrencies on CoinMarketCap’s index.
While the gains are only of a fraction of a per cent of a US cent for the dogecoin-inspired cryptocurrency, it is still a remarkable rise for what is essentially a joke of a joke. One reason for the sudden burst could be Elon Musk’s new Shiba Inu puppy, which he has been tweeting about this week.
George Soros fund reveals it owns bitcoin
Thursday 7 October 2021 12:34 , Anthony Cuthbertson
The hedge fund of billionaire investor George Soros has revealed that it owns bitcoin.
The revelation comes amid a major uptick in cryptocurrency from institutional investors in 2021, which has helped push bitcoin’s price up and solidify support to prevent it falling too far when its value drops.
“We own some coins - not a lot. The coins themselves are less interesting than the use cases of DeFi and things like that,” said Soros Fund Management CEO Dawn Fitzpatrick.
“I’m not sure bitcoin is only viewed as an inflation hedge here. I think it’s crossed the chasm to mainstream.”
Salvadorans stock up on bitcoin
Thursday 7 October 2021 07:41 , Anthony Cuthbertson
The president of El Salvador has revealed that people in the Central American country are now buying more bitcoin than they are withdrawing.
It’s been roughly one month since El Salvador became the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender, and the $30 of cryptocurrency each citizen was given through the Chivo wallet app at the time is now up around 10 per cent.
President Nayib Bukele has faced criticism from political opposition for the bold move, though the recent price surge appears to have quietened critics thanks to the wealth it has at least temporarily generated for Salvadorans.
Since yesterday, Salvadorans are inserting more cash (to buy #bitcoin) than what they are withdrawing from the @chivowallet ATMs.
And if we add remittances (almost $2 million per day), the incoming USD QUADRUPLES the outflow.
This is very surprising so early in the game.
— Nayib Bukele 🇸🇻 (@nayibbukele) October 7, 2021
Bitcoin consolidates price gains
Thursday 7 October 2021 07:30 , Anthony Cuthbertson
The price of bitcoin has steadied at just under $55,000 on Thursday morning, consolidating the massive gains made on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The cryptocurrency is now less than $10,000 away from it’s all-time high, and if it sees the same gains over the next seven days as it did during the last week, then it will smash past its record.
Not all leading cryptocurrencies have seen gains over the last 24 hours, with Cardano (ada), Solana (SOL) and dogecoin all seeing slight dips in value.
Here’s a snapshot of the market this morning, courtesy of CoinMarketCap.
What caused today’s bitcoin price surge - and what comes next?
Wednesday 6 October 2021 18:37 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Bitcoin’s notoriously volatile price movements mean it can be difficult to pin any single rise or drop to a single event. There are usually multiple factors at play, which can then snowball into other forces that either push it even further on its trajectory or cause it to rebound in the opposite direction.
We’ve heard from several market experts and crypto analysts, all trying to make sense of the latest price rally. Reasons range from Facebook’s mass outage, to the impact of the pandemic. They also offer their thoughts on where bitcoin might go from here:
With interest rates going up and global markets facing uncertainty, current economic conditions are epitomizing why bitcoin was created. Bitcoin is increasingly resistant to turmoil in the traditional markets and imminent regulatory scrutiny.
The recent blackout on Instagram and Facebook also demonstrated the world’s unfortunate dependence on centralized systems – a testament to the popular adage that ‘bitcoin never goes down’. Our immense dependence on financial and technological systems underlain by faulty frameworks – whether that’s government money or traditional social networks – means that the fallibility of these systems will have increasingly dire consequences, underscoring the essence of why bitcoin, a fundamentally transparent, censorship-resistant and immutable currency, is unique – and how bitcoin adoption can transform our world.
Historically, we’ve seen bitcoin perform spectacularly in Q4 in past cycles. I’m pulling for a repeat performance.
Matt Senter, Co-founder and CTO of bitcoin rewards app, Lolli
Bitcoin crossing the US$55,000 mark today underlines a growing recognition that the world’s biggest cryptocurrency is the answer as the velocity of money keeps dropping while the astronomical levels of debt continue to rise. It is of course a matter of speculation if we will soon see a crash in stocks or property. What is certain is that money printing hasn’t made a substantial impact on the real economy. Rather it has contributed to the rich getting richer and the poor and middle classes getting poorer.
Meanwhile, digital assets are still in their nascent stages of development while bitcoin has only recently started to get wider recognition as a form of digital gold. Younger generations and millennials are intuitively seeing the value in investing in bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Implicit in this is a recognition that these digital assets could counter harsh societal inequalities that have only been exacerbated during the pandemic.
Bitfinex Trading Team
Bitcoin price gains top 10 per cent in 24 hours
Wednesday 6 October 2021 16:37 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Bitcoin is now up 10 per cent in just the last 24 hours. Yet even such a dramatic price surge appears relatively modest when put in context.
Here’s how the cryptocurrency’s price has changed when looking back even further:
1 day: +10%
1 week: +30%
1 year: +414%
5 years: +8,770%
10 years: +2,749,900%
Could Brazil be next to embrace bitcoin?
Wednesday 6 October 2021 15:39 , Anthony Cuthbertson
After El Salvador became the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender, people are wondering who might be next.
If recent murmurings south of the equator are to be taken seriously, the next country to take the plunge could be Brazil - the world’s 12th largest economy.
A cryptocurrency regulation bill is expected to be presented to the Plenary of the Chamber of Deputies this week, which if successful could allow Brazilians to buy everything from houses to groceries with bitcoin.
We’ve heard from Paolo Ardoino, the chief technology officer of the Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange, about how significant such a move would be.
“The prospect of Brazil embracing bitcoin as legal tender would mark a monumental moment in adoption,” he said.
“There will still be hurdles to creating an infrastructure that functions in a fast and efficient way. As payment networks grow larger - in the case of Brazil it would be a country with a population of over 200 million people - enabling faster transactions among participating nodes becomes a major pain point. Most of the day-to-day use of bitcoin will need a second layer technology like the Lightning Network, a solution to solve the bitcoin scalability problem.”
Bitcoin price on the charge once again
Wednesday 6 October 2021 14:49 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Bitcoin is seeing another price spurt, rising above $55,000 for the first time since May. It is now less than $10,000 away from the all-time high it hit in mid April.
The price surge has taken its market cap above $1 trillion and provided a major boost to the overall crypto market.
Ethereum (ether) is now back above $3,500, while dogecoin is now closer to $0.30 than $0.20, having lingered below $0.25 for several weeks. Every single one of the top 10 most valuable cryptocurrencies are now in the green on both a 24 hour and seven day timeframe.
Bitcoin price to see ‘very significant moves to the upside'
Wednesday 6 October 2021 11:03 , Anthony Cuthbertson
A key metric for estimating price movements is the supply of bitcoin held by long-term holders.
Of the 18.78 million bitcoins that currently exist, 13 million - or 69 per cent - of them are currently held by people who have held them for 12 months or longer.
“Tracking this metric is important as it clearly highlights times of tight supply, which are often highly correlated with significant future price appreciation,” Will Hamilton, head of trading and research at digital asset management firm TCM Capital, told The Independent.
“More and more investors are buying and holding, which should translate into higher prices. All things considered, we think Q4 will see some very significant moves to the upside for the market as a whole.”
Bitcoin price recovery divides analysts
Wednesday 6 October 2021 10:23 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Is bitcoin’s remarkable recovery the second leg of a bull run or just a “dead cat bounce” before plummeting once again?
This is the question currently dividing crypto market analysts, with adherents to the first theory believing bitcoin is set to hit new all-time highs within the next couple of months. Those most optimistic see bitcoin hitting six figures before Christmas.
One analysts has drawn comparisons to similar market patterns seen in 2017, when bitcoin quadrupled in price between early October and December.
— TechDev (@TechDev_52) October 6, 2021
Others have pointed to a likeness to the descent from the dotcom bubble bursting in the early 200s.
The two diverging theories put bitcoin either at a fraction of its current price by 2022, or several multiples higher than it.
Should bitcoin rise another $14,000 over the coming weeks, the dead cat bounce theory will be disproved. However it will need to fall to well below $30,000 for the price rally theory to be dismissed.
Bitcoin price holds firm above $50k
Wednesday 6 October 2021 09:32 , Anthony Cuthbertson
The price of bitcoin has managed to hold above $50,000, reaching as high as $51,839 on Wednesday morning, according to CoinMarketCap’s price index.
It’s now up more than 20 per cent week-on-week, while bitcoin’s market cap is steadily closing in on $1 trillion. The last time it was above this landmark was way back in May.
Bitcoin’s resurgence may have boosted the likes of Ethereum (ether) and dogecoin, but not all leading cryptocurrencies have seen a price rise overnight. Solana (SOL) fell by nearly 10 per cent, dropping it back below Ripple (XRP) in terms of overall market cap.
Bitcoin blasts past Facebook
Tuesday 5 October 2021 13:06 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Bitcoin’s latest price surge has pushed its market cap above Facebook’s.
During its record-breaking price rally earlier this year, bitcoin briefly rivalled the market value of silver, while the overall crypto market surpassed the entire worth of Apple, the world’s most valuable company.
It’s still a long, long way from gold, which has a market cap more than 10-times that of bitcoin’s. Some high-profile investors, such as Tim Draper, believe bitcoin could eventually reach these heights, meaning a single bitcoin would be worth more than half a million dollars.
Bitcoin price back above $50k
Tuesday 5 October 2021 12:46 , Anthony Cuthbertson
After a day of steadily climbing in price, bitcoin has finally risen above $50,000. It is the first time the cryptocurrency has peaked above this milestone since early September, and means bitcoin is now up more than 18 per cent since the start of October.
We’ve heard from some experts and analysts, who offer their thoughts on what’s behind this latest price surge, as well as speculate on where it might go from here.
You can read the full story here.
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