Bitcoin’s price briefly slipped below $8,000 on Thursday for the first time in three months, though the cryptocurrency is still more than double its level at the start of 2019.
What do these bold – and volatile – moves mean for the ecosystem?
David Nage, principal at the Los Angeles-based money manager Arca Funds, discusses his views on this week’s price drop and whether price volatility in cryptocurrencies might turn off big investors.
With bitcoin, where there’s potentially a drop, obviously you can see it as a potential to buy.
Nage believes that as an asset, bitcoin is akin to future-pointing equities like Netflix and Amazon. With the caveat that “we’re not in the business of price predictions,” Nage said:
If supply continues to get cut in half and the demand continues to rise, classical economics shows the price increases.
Catalysts for price action
And while the next halving – a periodic reduction in bitcoin mining rewards, expected to occur around May 15, 2020 – is potentially bullish, both the technical and fundamental views point toward uncertain times ahead for BTC’s direction after its recent sell-off threw into question the long-term trend.
Soravis Srinawakoon, co-founder and CEO of decentralized data governance project Band Protocol, said:
Looking at the technical chart of Bitcoin, we’ve been seeing a squeeze in a descending triangle of the bitcoin price in the past few days. Combined with the recent disappointing launch of Bakkt, it is clear there is an overall negative macro sentiment in the market.