Recently, we reported that Bitcoin and other top altcoins are approaching new all-time high prices and here is it guys! the Bitcoin price ascended to a new record high on Saturday 13th March 2021, vaulting over a psychological milestone at $60,000, a move that may reaffirm to bullish crypto-asset investors that the path forward for digital assets is higher.
Early Saturday BTCUSD, +6.02% was trading at $59,781, after scoring a fresh all-time high at $60,322.60, according to CoinGecko.
The new mark for the world’s most popular cryptocurrency comes after a relatively fallow period for the asset whose gains have been attributed to greater adoption by a clutch of prominent institutional investors.
Institutional investors are piling into the digital asset. The jump above $60,000 also means that bitcoin has taken less than a month to traverse another $10,000 milestone, after hitting $50,000 back in mid-February.
Bitcoin broke the $20,000 barrier, one that it hadn’t come close to since December of 2017, less than three months ago.
|DATE||BITCOIN $ MILESTONE|
|September of 2017||$5,000|
|November of 2017||$10,000|
|December of 2020||$20,000|
|Jan. 2, 2021||$30,000|
|Jan. 7, 2021||$40,000|
|Feb. 16, 2021||$50,000|
|March 13, 2021||$60,000|
There’s no immediate catalyst for bitcoin’s recent move higher but it does come as interest in blockchain, the technology that underpins the decentralized asset, has exploded.
So-called nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, which use blockchain as a way to authenticate ownership of assets and collectables, have gone mainstream. The popularity of the once-niche area was highlighted last week when the artwork of Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple, sold for a record-breaking $69.3 million at a Christie’s online auction, marking the third-most-expensive work of art sold by a living artist, and the most expensive NFT-related sale.
Whether the NFT craze marks a new level of irrational exuberance in cryptos, however, remains to be seen.
NFTs tend to be pegged to another crypto asset Ether ETHUSD, on Ethereum’s blockchain but the fervour for cryptographic authentication has lifted the market for digital assets across the board, experts say.
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More broadly, the rise of bitcoin has been tied to gaining institutional interest from the likes of Tesla Inc. TSLA, -0.84%, which said that it bought $1.5 billion in bitcoins. Meanwhile,
PayPal Holdings Inc. PYPL, -1.37% back in November opened up its cryptocurrency platform to all U.S. customers after conducting a more narrow rollout.
Several high-profile Wall Street investors, including Stanley Druckenmiller and Paul Tudor Jones, also have embraced bitcoin. Famed investor Bill Miller, founder of Miller Value Partners, in a letter to clients last year reaffirmed his bullish outlook on bitcoin.
Bitcoin’s 2021 rally has driven it to a year-to-date gain of over 100%, compared with a rise of 7.1% for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.90%, a 5% advance for the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.10%, and 3.4% rise for the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.59% thus far in 2021. Ether tokens, meanwhile, are up 140% in the year-to-date.
Concerns that inflation will pick up as the U.S. economy bounces back from the COVID-19 pandemic, amid vaccine rollouts and fiscal aid packages, also has helped to fuel bitcoin’s rise, experts say.
What’s your take?
Bitcoin bulls have long pointed to money printing from central banks and concerns about rich stock valuations as other triggers for the surge in digital assets.
With that in mind, some are betting that the next major climb for bitcoin could be toward $100,000.
“If you consider how many asset managers and retail investors are afraid of the existing financial system failing them, and if a small portion of them go on to place even a 5% of their portfolio into Bitcoin, then $100,000 per Bitcoin is a very conservative estimate,” wrote Sergey Nazarov, co-founder of Chainlink, a blockchain initiative, in a Saturday note.
All that said, nascent bitcoin could still be at risk of plunging to $0 if governments crack down on it, though a number of central banks are experimenting with digital currencies, and interest could peter out.
The next development in cryptos for mainstream markets may be the highly anticipated initial public offering of digital-asset trading platform Coinbase Global Inc. COIN, +3.70%, which could prove a new catalyst for the broader market.
Next stop $100,000? How long will it take Bitcoin to hit the milestone? What do you think? share in the comment section below!