The trading value of Bitcoin, the most valuable cryptocurrency in the world, has recently dipped to around $27,700, from its earlier threshold of $28,000, a shift largely attributed to the stability of traditional financial markets and the slow growth of the US job market. Consequently, the Bitcoin community waits with bated breath for the impending US job data release this Friday, the outcome of which could lead to a surge in the value of Bitcoin to $30,000, or maintain it at around the current $27,000 price point.
One potential gamechanger on the horizon is the anticipation of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) approval of a Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF). Endorsements from industry heavyweights like Steven Schoenfield, ex-MD of BlackRock and CEO of MarketVector Indexes, have ensured a surge of optimism in the market. Schoenfield foresees an approval within the next 3 to 6 months. Naysayers argue that the approval of a Bitcoin ETF could lead to an unfair advantage. However, Schoenfield repudiates this notion, asserting that all Bitcoin ETF applications will likely be approved simultaneously.
The positive ripple effect of an approved Bitcoin ETF cannot be overstated. Not only does it have the potential to attract anywhere between $150-200 billion in investments over three years, but it could also double or even triple the current amount managed through Bitcoin products. The allure of substantial institutional investments could subsequently lead to an increase in demand and potentially higher prices for Bitcoin.
However, it would be remiss not to consider bold counter predictions like that of former BitMEX CEO, Arthur Hayes, who sees the future value of Bitcoin soaring to $750,000 to $1 million by 2026. As extravagant as this forecast might seem, there are those within the crypto realm that align with Hayes’ conviction and thus maintain a bullish stance despite Bitcoin’s fluctuation.
In terms of improving Bitcoin’s security and privacy, the integration of Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) 324 into Bitcoin Core, the main software for connecting to the network, has been a valuable development. It introduces measures that bolster resistance to cyber threats and enhances initial connection security, providing forward secrecy which limits access to past traffic by malicious actors.
Current consensus asserts that as long as Bitcoin’s price remains above the $27,275 mark, the cryptocurrency is in bullish territory. However, a descent below this figure could potentially introduce a bearish element to Bitcoin’s outlook. Bitcoin investors are ushered to remain vigilant as Bitcoin is likely to encounter these inflection points in the coming days. Moving forward, the collective gaze of the cryptocurrency community is seamlessly shifting towards the potential systems that the not-so-distant future may unveil.