Expert analysis: Bitcoin’s heading towards $55,000

Posted: 18 August 2021 2:45 am
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Despite its recent volatility, Bitcoin’s monthly gains still stand in excess of 40%.

  • Analysts see Bitcoin (BTC) hitting the $55K-$60K range over the coming few days.
  • Bloomberg Intelligence’s Mike McGlone believes that BTC is a perfect replacement for gold.
  • A number of reputable credit agencies have continued to warn El Salvador about the dangers of accepting BTC as legal tender.

After scaling over $46K in the last 24 hours, Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, proceeded to correct sharply, falling as low as $44,500 only to rise once again. At press time, BTC is trading at $45,777.

To gain a better sense of what the future might have in store for Bitcoin, independent trader and analyst Michaël van de Poppe opined:

“If we clearly break through there, that is probably going to trigger a big short squeeze, as everybody’s looking for a short in this area. It reminds me of the $6,000 zone that we had with Bitcoin. If Bitcoin is going to break through this level, I think we’re going to have a squeeze all the way up to $55,000 – $56,000, the next level that we have here.”

A similar outlook is shared by Twitter crypto analyst Rekt Capital, who believes that despite BTC failing to break out from its current monetary stalemate, the asset’s technical uptrend indicators have remained intact.

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Bitcoin continues to garner mainstream backing

As part of a recent conference that saw a number of economists, macro analysts and investors come together to discuss the future of Bitcoin, Bloomberg Intelligence’s Mike McGloned stated that the recent digitization spurt witnessed all over the planet has helped BTC gain a lot of ground against gold. He even went as far as suggesting that the cryptocurrency may replace the precious metal soon.

McGlone’s comments came during his keynote speech at New Hampshire’s Bretton Woods hotel, an event that saw many other high profile individuals, including Fidelity Investments’ Jurrien Timmer and Morgan Stanley’s Amy Oldenburg.

Is El Salvador’s Bitcoin experiment set to implode?

One of the world’s leading credit rating firms, Fitch Ratings, recently warned El Salvador about the potential dangers of adopting Bitcoin as legal tender, stating that the move could result in a wide array of systemic risks, adding: “Additional holdings of high-risk assets will only compound this issue.”

Fitch’s research team also stated that, owing to El Salvador’s lack of clarity surrounding BTC as well the currency’s high volatility levels, there is a chance that the country could be actively exposing its citizens to a number of operational risks associated with this fast-evolving space.

Interested in cryptocurrency? Learn more about the basics with our beginner’s guide to Bitcoin, dive deeper by learning about Ethereum and see what blockchain can do with our simple guide to DeFi.


Disclosure: The author owns a range of cryptocurrencies at the time of writing

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