The crypto market is relatively stable at the start of the year, with no major price movements from any of the leading cryptocurrencies.
Bitcoin (BTC) continues to trade in the $45,000-$52,000 window that it has remained within since early December, though has fallen to the lower bounds of it at the start of 2022.
Ethereum (ETH) has slipped below the $4,000 mark that it had managed to hold above for so long, but has shifted in value by less than 1 per cent over the last few days.
Several high-profile figures within the cryptocurrency space have predicted big things for bitcoin this year, with the illusive six-figure price target still seen as a realistic outcome for many analysts and traders.
Part of the reason for this is the huge momentum carried over from 2021, which saw massive institutional and retail interest – exemplified on Monday by former First Lady Melania Trump celebrating the anniversary of bitcoin.
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Renewed predictions for bitcoin price to hit $100,000 in 2022
14:22 , Anthony Cuthbertson
The founder of crypto platform Nexo is the latest industry figure to predict bitcoin will reach six figures this year.
Antoni Trenchev said told CNBC that the $100,000 price target for bitcoin, which many analysts believed it would hit in late 2021, remains in play for 2022.
“Every time that investors and the broader community write off bitcoin, it outperforms significantly,” he said. “This has been the case in 2020 when it rallied close to 1,000 per cent and in 2021 where it rallied 63 per cent. I’m quite bullish on bitcoin.”
Matt Damon mocked over crypto ad
12:30 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Matt Damon is facing the mirth of Twitter after he compared trading cryptocurrency to humanity’s greatest achievements in his latest plug for crypto.com.
The US actor has become the face of the cryptocurrency platform, fronting ads that have even featured in the prestigious slots of the Superbowl. In the latest effort he is seen striding past images of explorers and astronauts, treating bitcoin with the utmost gravity.
“History is filled with ‘almosts’,” he says. “With those who almost adventured, who almost achieved, but ultimately for them it proved to be too much. Then, there are others – the ones who embrace the moment and commit.”
One Twitter user retorted: “There isn’t enough yuck in the world.”
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Bitcoin to hit $100,000 in 2022, bets El Salvador president
10:38 , Anthony Cuthbertson
El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has made his predictions for bitcoin in 2022, claiming there will be a “huge surprise” in April at a crypto conference he’s attending in Miami.
Bitcoin 2022 is the successor to the event that Bukele announced his intention to push through legislation that would make BTC legal tender in the central American country. The self-styled “CEO of El Salvador” also bet that bitcoin would hit six figures at some point this year, while also speculating that two more countries will follow his country’s lead by adopting bitcoin as an official currency.
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Melania Trump celebrates bitcoin anniversary
09:36 , Anthony Cuthbertson
Among those celebrating the 13th anniversary of bitcoin’s genesis block yesterday was the unlikely figure of Melania Trump.
The former First Lady noted that bitcoin’s market cap is over $1 trillion, and took the opportunity to plug her own recently-launched NFT endeavour with the hashtag #MelaniaNFT. Her first offering on the NFT platform was a digital watercolour painting of her own eyes called “Melania’s Vision”.
Her husband Donald is not such a fan of cryptocurrency it seems, after claiming in an interview last month that crypto is “very dangerous” and a threat to the US dollar.
It is widely reported that Bitcoin's market cap exceeds USD$1 Trillion. Today marks the 13th anniversary of the Bitcoin Genesis Block. Happy Anniversary, #SatoshiNakamoto #MelaniaNFT pic.twitter.com/aZqNJFcZmd
— MELANIA TRUMP (@MELANIATRUMP) January 3, 2022
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