A popular on-chain analyst said in a recent podcast appearance that Bitcoin would reach the $300,000 mark later this year as institutional buying continues to grow in recent times.
A $300,000 Bitcoin
On-chain analyst Willy Woo is a trader like few others. He uses Bitcoin’s own network data for predicting the market over colorful candlestick charts and obscure indicators.
Woo’s known for his big Bitcoin estimates. He called for a six-figure Bitcoin when few were convinced about the asset’s long-term success, pointing towards favorable blockchain data and transactional activity for those figures.
In a recent podcast, Woo reiterated his famous prediction for Bitcoin, one that pegs the asset at the $300,000-$400,000 price range at the end of this year.
“We’re seeing a net flow of coins from participants that have been traditionally more or less speculating or buying over the short term and then selling,” he stated, adding that such “new” investors were buying and storing the coins for the long-term.
“That’s been a very big driver of this bull market, that there’s been strong buying,” explained Woo.
The comments are not far-fetched. Bitcoin has seen strong buying over the past year from the likes of retail investors, institutional funds, and technology companies alike.
Some like electric carmaker Tesla and business analytics firm MicroStrategy have picked up billions of dollars worth of the asset, while others like Chinese photo-sharing firm Meitu have invested tens of millions into Bitcoin.
Institutional crypto fund Grayscale’s ‘Trust’ products have seen big money as well. The firm’s Bitcoin Trust (GBTC)—an exchange-traded product that holds a small amount of Bitcoin for each share sold—has seen holdings balloon to over $36 billion in the past year.
On the podcast, Woo said that past Bitcoin cycles tend to have a ‘bullish impulse’ after each ‘halving’ event, an inbuilt feature of the network that reduces rewards by half (roughly) every four years.
“Essentially that gives us a little shove on the price if you’ve got half the amount of sell power from new coins being mined, you get a bullish impulse, and in all the past cycles it seems that that bullish impulse manifests into this crazy run up,” said Woo, adding:
“The last one was 2017, [it] took us from $1,000 to $20,000. It tends to peter out around the fourth quarter, around December.”
“So ball-parking, December, [based on] that top-cap model of mine: It could be anywhere in the $300,000 to $400,000 range, it might even go higher,” he stated.
However, Woo’s still expressing caution: “But we need to see how it performs over the next six months,” he says.
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