EDITOR NOTE: Bitcoin at $318,000 in 2021? That’s what one Citibank analyst claims. And what existing fundamentals did he draw upon to come up with this target price? Bitcoin is not even widely adopted as currency; it’s just a speculative asset at its current stage. It’s hard not to suspect that this analyst--who’s supposed to take an objective stance--may be benefiting from this recommendation. That or he’s just under the spell of digital currency, perhaps forgetting the part that gives it substance--that is, the “money” part, Like fiat, Bitcoin has no real intrinsic value. But unlike cash, Bitcoin has no real adoption. When it comes to investing in a sound monetary asset, there is nothing that comes close to gold or silver. Beyond those two metals, no other assets have the intrinsic value to back the fiat system--whether physical or digital.
A recent Bitcoin (BTC) technical analysis reportedly prepared by CitiFX for its institutional clients points to a potential high of $318,000 sometime in December 2021.
In a supposed note to clients seen by Twitter commentator Alex on Nov. 14, Citibank managing director Tom Fitzpatrick looks at the long-term trend of Bitcoin price, characterized as it has been by “unthinkable rallies followed by painful corrections.”
Notably, the three major bullish periods of BTC so far have been increasing in length. Initially, there was a 10-month run from 2010–2011, followed by a two-year run from 2011–2013, and finally a three-year run covering 2015–2017.
Conversely, Fitzpatrick posits that the period of correction following the last two bull runs has remained stable at around 12 months.
This, according to the analysis, places us squarely in the middle of a bull run which started in early 2019 and is potentially set to run for four years until late 2022.
It could be argued that such an extended bull run would lead to even higher levels, and charting “what looks like a very well defined channel” over the past seven years gives Fitzpatrick his prediction of a $318,000 Bitcoin price in December 2021.
While conceding that this figure may seem highly improbable, he points out that this “would only be a low to high rally of 102 times (the weakest rally so far in percentage terms) at a point where the arguments in favour of Bitcoin could well be at their most persuasive ever.”
These arguments include a change in the United States Federal Reserve’s monetary policy which occurred when the coronavirus pandemic hit. This was characterized by a vast and sustained increase in new money production, with less intention to constrain this once the economy and employment pick up again.
Cointelegraph has reached out to Citibank for further comment on the report but has not received a response as of publishing time.
Originally posted on Coin Telegraph