Bitcoin, the most important cryptocurrency in the world, has been going through a rough time over the past year. While many investors hoped 2023 would bring much-needed respite from the low prices that plagued the marketplace during the previous year, it soon turned out that this was not the case. Regulatory pressures and macroeconomics acted to destabilize the environment, and those who were eagerly awaiting the return of bullish markets didn’t see considerable returns.
Yet, many remain devoted to the market and continue to buy Bitcoin in order to support their portfolios. Recent data suggests that the situation is bound to change for BTC. Yet, the shift might not happen as quickly as investors might want it to.
Historically, halving events have always helped prices develop as well. The best news is that the growth isn’t necessarily directly correlated to the halving itself. Instead, the prices climb before the launch and continue to remain elevated and even record new gains in the aftermath. Halving also contributes to scarcity, which is one of the main reasons why digital gold became so attractive to investors in the first place.
It seems now that the same will happen during the upcoming and much-anticipated 2024 halving. The only downside is that researchers expect the growth to occur around two years after the event, set to launch in April next year. In this sense, Bitcoin could approach the $130k mark by the end of 2025. Multiple analytics models have yielded the same findings, so many investors are confident that the trend is legitimate.
Yet, diverging opinions continue among investors on how the price behavior will be in the near future. Many seem to believe that bullish price action will soon intervene and change things for the market. One thing is sure: all cycle top experiments seem to indicate that Bitcoin is aligning in the 130k area for the next cycle.
Bearish tendencies have ruled the cryptocurrency environment, commencing the crypto winter as well. During the earlier months of 2023, the bulls tried to gain a firm foothold in the marketplace, but it was to no avail. The bears were ultimately stronger, and it seems that the tendency can have a historical basis as well.
The four-year halving cycles are well-known to market experts, and analysts have discussed how the pre-halving of 2023 will likely bring new lows for the environment. This is naturally a transient movement that is only in place before the bulls manage to get their strength back. The $32,000 highs recorded earlier in 2023 could end up with a double-top structure, helping a downturn next.
Between 2015 and 2016, the price went back by 25% and roughly 38% in 2019, so it’s not out of the question for history to repeat itself. Yet, the crypto environment is known for its volatility, shifts and changes, and there’s always something unexpected that could change perspectives on even the most evident movements.
Dollars to stablecoins
The relationship between the greenback and cryptocurrencies is complex since, while digital money had nothing to do with virtual tokens initially, growing adoption rates have seen Bitcoin enter the mainstream more and more. Binance US has recently upgraded the terms of service, which include the new stipulation that United States dollar withdrawals will no longer be supported on the platform.
The terms were modified on October 16th and show that the users can convert their fiat holdings into stablecoins or other digital assets and tokens to facilitate the withdrawals. Digital assets remain unprotected by insurance through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Therefore, if a relationship with a custodian is terminated and a replacement cannot be found, the customer will receive a notice and have sufficient time to withdraw any deposits.
The blockchain has long been hailed as a technological development that will promote the creation of business and institutional systems that are more transparent and trustworthy. However, the decentralized ledger is not simple to operate, and the system’s complexity might actually be too much for some people. It would be pretty tricky, if not downright impossible, for a complete newcomer to instantly start running nodes or become a validator.
So, what can be done? Lowering the barriers can sound like nothing more than a concept, but it is essential to determine precisely how blockchain tech continues to evolve. If more users can’t run nodes, then decentralization cannot be protected, and users will have to rely on additional services to use the blockchain, raising further issues about data integrity.
Users have to host the entire system on a 24/7 basis to run a full node. Having an entire crypto blockchain on a computer requires enormous amounts of storage, as well as perfectly seamless and high-speed internet connectivity. Otherwise, the nodes cannot run. Many user interfaces are difficult to navigate, with many utterly lacking in simplicity. This only serves to raise the entry barrier even higher, making it more difficult for users to interact with the blockchain.
Apart from simplifying the nodes, the blockchain must commit to additional developments, such as better designs for GUIs that would drive the adoption of networks backed by more individuals. The nodes must also become lighter so that they can be run from personal devices without any risks. The user-friendly interface will also serve to lower barriers.
The news about cryptocurrencies is rarely one-sided, and although BTC has been going through something of a rougher period, that doesn’t mean that it is ruined. In fact, on October 9th, data showed that the investment products in cryptocurrencies saw the most significant inflows since July. Totaling $78 million, the assets continued to grow over several consecutive weeks.
The volume of ETPs surged by almost 40% during the first week of October, going over $1 million. Exchanges saw Bitcoin grow by nearly 20%. And although these developments must still face challenges, October seems to have lived up to its reputation as a historically positive month for digital currencies.
Although there’s no doubt that Bitcoin will eventually recover, investors must remain cautious and refrain from starting any risky endeavors.