Are strong technicals enough to bring Bitcoin price to $100K in 2021?

After scaling as much as a relative excessive of round $53,000 simply over two weeks in the past, it appeared as if Bitcoin (BTC) was properly on its option to reclaiming its former all-time highs. Nevertheless, the collection of occasions that unfolded over the previous week has seen the world’s largest cryptocurrency by complete market capitalization lose practically 13% of its worth, with a single BTC presently buying and selling close to $45,800.

That mentioned, the aforementioned volatility appears to have left Commonplace Chartered’s cryptocurrency analysis unit utterly unfazed, with the analysts referring to Bitcoin’s most recent plunge as being a “false dip” whereas reiterating {that a} year-end goal of $100,000 per BTC remains to be fairly achievable for the flagship cryptocurrency.

The banking behemoth believes that Bitcoin can have hit $100,000 by “late 2021 or early 2022,” a transfer that shall be accompanied by an enormous spike within the worth of Ether (ETH) as properly. Actually, the analysis staff pointed out that Ether is “structurally” valued at a year-end worth level between $26,000 and $35,000, nevertheless, to ensure that that to occur, BTC should scale as much as $175,000. 

Contributing elements

To get a greater thought of whether or not a year-end projection of $100,000 per BTC remains to be possible, Cointelegraph reached out to Ben Caselin, head of analysis and technique at cryptocurrency trade AAX. In his view, final Tuesday’s sell-off was a basic “promote the information” transfer, including that he believes that an elaborate “bear lure” might have been at play. Caselin instructed Cointelegraph:

“I do count on $100K remains to be in play for Bitcoin this yr — if something, $100K can be underwhelming. Actually, if we observe PlanB’s stock-to-flow, we’re nonetheless transferring within the decrease band, tracing ‘worst-case-scenario costs,’ which stood at $47K final month, $43K in September, and a minimum of $135K on the finish of the yr.”

He added that with regards to Bitcoin, there’s extra worth in taking a look at on-chain information quite than worth technicals alone, because it permits customers to achieve a extra high-resolution view of what’s truly taking place throughout the community in real-time. 

Equally, Tommy Schreiner, senior analysis analyst at crypto information supplier TheTIE, instructed Cointelegraph that there’s nonetheless a wholesome probability that Bitcoin can attain $100,000 by the shut of 2021:

“$100K appears as ridiculous maybe as $50K did final yr, however there are elements in play that don’t utterly out-rule that situation. The latest pullback was largely a de-levering of the market, as a big proportion of leveraged open curiosity received worn out and successfully reset all of the bullish merchants who have been going YOLO.”

Schreiner additional emphasised that regardless of all of the financial turmoil throughout the globe, the US Federal Reserve has proven no indicators of stopping the cash printer, one thing he believes to be a great signal for comparatively riskier belongings resembling cryptocurrencies. 

Moreover, he highlighted that layer-one options resembling Solana, Terra, Avalanche, Polygon and Fantom have continued to usher in new cash into the worldwide digital asset ecosystem in latest months, one thing which will additionally assist spur BTC’s worth. 

“NFTs [nonfungible tokens] are burning an enormous quantity of Ethereum on daily basis, regardless of pricing out a number of retail customers. So if $100K appears ridiculous, maybe have a look at how far crypto has are available only a yr,” Schreiner mentioned.

Nick Spanos, co-founder of Zap Protocol, believes that El Salvador’s latest acceptance of Bitcoin as authorized tender has the digital forex properly on its option to hitting the $100,000 mark by the end of the year. “Ether can be trying to hit $10,000 by then,” he mentioned.

Some doubts for $100,000

Lennix Lai, monetary markets director at cryptocurrency trade OKEx, believes that whereas Bitcoin’s future appears poised for good issues, that doesn’t essentially imply the premier digital forex will shut out the yr at $100,000. He instructed Cointelegraph:

“I believe we might see a short-term correction contemplating the loom on upcoming tapering from the U.S. Bitcoin remains to be very delicate to the worldwide cash provide. But on the identical time, the cryptocurrency is changing into a authentic different asset class and everyone seems to be searching for sure parts of asset allocation.” 

Lai did concede that if within the near-to-mid future even when 1% of the world’s complete wealth have been to movement into Bitcoin, then a worth goal of $100,000 per BTC may fairly simply be attained.

Equally, for Igneus Terrenus, head of communications at cryptocurrency trade Bybit, probably the most compelling case for Bitcoin’s worth reaching $100,000 this yr stays the approval of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the US, which, in his opinion, will assist open up the BTC market to new contributors, resembling retirement funds and wealth administration merchandise. 

“SEC punted the [BTC ETF] determination from Sept. 8 right down to its new date of Nov. 14 — nonetheless inside the calendar yr of 2021. Anecdotal proof exhibits that the majority wealth managers are requested by their shoppers about Bitcoin publicity. An ETF could be the precise car for this to occur,” he instructed Cointelegraph. 

Bitcoin’s technicals look robust 

Despite latest volatility, Bitcoin’s fundamentals appear to be fairly robust in the meanwhile. On this regard, Charles Edwards, creator of one of many world’s most well-known Bitcoin metrics, Hash Ribbons, just lately claimed that so long as the flagship cryptocurrency is ready to hover above its all-important $42,000 resistance zone, it’s going to proceed to stay within the inexperienced.

Late final yr, Edwards predicted that by the top of 2021, Bitcoin could possibly be taking a look at a worth goal of between $100,000 and $200,000. He mentioned he can be “shocked” if Bitcoin didn’t hit $50,000 in 2021, a projection that got here true after the forex reached its all-time excessive of $63,000 earlier this yr.

In Edward’s view, one of the crucial necessary variations between this present rally and former ones is the comparatively low degree of retail curiosity that has been witnessed throughout the board. Actually, to succeed in a brand new all-time excessive this yr, he believes Bitcoin must spend a substantial period of time above the $50,000 vary. “I believe that will reengage extra retail curiosity,” he mentioned.

Although $100,000 will not be within the playing cards for Edwards, he believes the market is slowly however certainly closing in on the worth level. Nevertheless, to ensure that that to occur anytime within the coming three to 4 months, he believes that both renewed retail curiosity must be generated or a major variety of purchases from main S&P 500 corporations like Tesla have to happen.

Trying forward

When put next with earlier occasions, the financial results of the 2020 halving have been fairly tame up till now, with Bitcoin having solely skilled a 4x enhance in its worth. As compared, we are able to see that within the years following the 2012 and 2016 halvings, BTC’s worth rose by 55x and 15x, respectively, thereby suggesting {that a} transfer to $100,000 may nonetheless be doable.

It will likely be fascinating to see how the approaching few days play out for the cryptocurrency market at massive, particularly as regulators everywhere in the world proceed to tighten their grips on this still-nascent business.