Visualizing the Journey to $10,000 Bitcoin
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It has been a breakthrough year for the world’s original cryptocurrency – and on November 28th, 2017, the bitcoin price blew past the psychological barrier of $10,000 with unprecedented pace. After all, it was only two days prior that the cryptocurrency was trading at $9,000.
Today’s infographic from Blockchain Intelligence Group helps to visualize the ups and downs of this incredible journey to $10,000.
The Journey to $10,000 Bitcoin
Here are some of the key events that transpired over the last 11 months:
|January 2, 2017||Bitcoin closes above the $1k mark for first time in 1,124 days|
|Mid-January 2017||China cracks down on crypto, partly to help control capital outflows|
|March 2017||The number of GitHub projects related to Bitcoin passes 10,000|
|May 4, 2017||Bitcoin surpasses $25B in market capitalization|
|August 1, 2017||Bitcoin forks into two digital currencies, Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH)|
|August 5, 2017||Bitcoin surpasses $50B in market capitalization|
|September 4, 2017||People’s Bank of China announces that it’s implementing a freeze on ICO funding.|
|September 8, 2017||It’s leaked that China is shutting down all Bitcoin exchanges in the country|
|September 12, 2017||JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon calls Bitcoin a “fraud”|
|September 28, 2017||South Korea bans raising money through ICOs|
|October 20, 2017||Bitcoin passes $100B in market capitalization|
|October 24, 2017||Bitcoin again forks into two digital currencies, Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Gold (BTG)|
|October 30, 2017||Vietnam bans Bitcoin and other crypto payments|
|November 26, 2017||Bitcoin passes $150B in market capitalization|
|November 28, 2017||Bitcoin trades at $10k for the first time.|
And here is how long it took bitcoins to hit each $1,000 barrier:
|138 days||Jan 2, 2017 -> May 20, 2017||$1,000 to $2,000|
|23 days||May 20, 2017 -> June 11, 2017||$2,000 to $3,000|
|63 days||June 11, 2017 -> Aug 13, 2017||$3,000 to $4,000|
|61 days||Aug 13, 2017 -> Oct 12, 2017||$4,000 to $5,000|
|10 days||Oct 12, 2017 -> Oct 21, 2017||$5,000 to $6,000|
|13 days||Oct 21, 2017 -> Nov 2, 2017||$6,000 to $7,000|
|17 days||Nov 2, 2017 -> Nov 19, 2017||$7,000 to $8,000|
|7 days||Nov 19, 2017 -> Nov 26, 2017||$8,000 to $9,000|
|2 days||Nov 26, 2017 -> Nov 28, 2017||$9,000 to $10,000|
Note: These time periods are calculated based on closing prices for the Bitcoin Price Index on Coindesk.
The Year of the ICO
While the journey to $10,000 bitcoin is an incredible one, it is part of a wider story as well.
Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) for other cryptocurrencies have also boomed, and more than 92% of all funds raised through ICOs happened in this year alone. With this mechanism hitting the mainstream, about $3.8 billion have been raised through ICOs in total.
Further, they’ve been profitable as well for speculators. A report from Mangrove Capital last month noted that the average return across 204 ICOs it was tracking was 1,320%.
Despite being temporarily banned in China and South Korea, ICOs have not been slowing down. So far in this month (up to Nov 26, 2017), ICOs have already hit new highs with $743.2 million raised, surpassing the earlier record-holding month of September 2017 ($662.9 million).
Note: this article was originally published on Nov. 27th as Bitcoin was trading at ~$9,600. The article and graphic have since been updated to reflect hitting the $10k total.
The Beginning of a Bitcoin Bull Run?
After 15 months of losses and stagnation, Bitcoin has made a miraculous recovery — going on a 150% bull run since its lows in December 2018.
The Beginning of a Bitcoin Bull Run?
After 15 months of losses and stagnation, Bitcoin has made a miraculous recovery — rising more than 150% from its lowest point in December 2018.
In its heyday, Bitcoin had surpassed $10,000 in early December 2017, before briefly crossing the $20,000 mark for a single day on December 17th. A year later, the digital currency had fallen back to Earth, dropping below $3,200.
Now that the dust of that wild speculative frenzy has settled, Bitcoin is back on the upswing. What could be causing this most recent surge in growth?
We look at four possible explanations for the Bitcoin bull run, as originally outlined by Aaron Hankin at MarketWatch:
Bitcoin has seen several technical milestones this year, such as surpassing the psychological barrier of $5,000 in early 2019, breaking the 200-day moving average, and scoring the golden cross (when the 50-day moving average crosses above the 200-day moving average).
Bitcoin is experiencing a steady increase in adoption across several markets. The term Bitcoin has become a household name — even if people don’t understand what it does, they know what it is.
Companies such as Starbucks, Microsoft, and Amazon, and Nordstrom are looking for ways to integrate cryptocurrencies into daily transactions for faster payment clearance, innovative rewards programs, and efficient customer service interactions.
Bitcoin has possibly seen a shift in public perception. There have been fewer negative articles about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, and the news stories that are negative no longer have as big of an impact as they once did.
When Binance announced hackers stole $40 million in bitcoin and when accusations of an $850-million cover-up were leveled against Bitfinex and Tether, the Bitcoin bull run barely flinched and continued to climb.
Wavering Gold Investment
Investor confidence in gold has been more stagnant in recent times. To capitalize on this, Grayscale Investments (of Digital Currency Group) posted a campaign in May 2019 promoting Bitcoin as an ideal alternative to gold because it is borderless, secure, and more efficient for storing value.
Despite the World Gold Council’s response denying those claims, the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust saw OTC Markets Group’s highest trading volumes five days later.
Where to from here?
After a long skid, it appears Bitcoin is showing signs of life again. Bitcoin’s price can be highly volatile, so it remains to be seen whether this is the beginning of a bull run, or whether this is just another bump in the roller coaster ride.
Editor’s note: The price of Bitcoin has fallen to $7,100 at time of publishing and will likely continue to experience extreme volatility. However, even at a price of $7,100, this is still a 120% increase from lows in Dec 2018. As well, an earlier version of this graphic had incorrect dates on the timeline. That has now been corrected.
How Decentralized Finance Could Make Investing More Accessible
Under the current global financial system, billions of people do not have access to quality assets. Here’s how decentralized finance is changing that.
Infographic: How Decentralized Finance Could Make Investing More Accessible
Did you know that a majority of the global population doesn’t have access to quality financial assets?
In advanced economies, we are lucky to have simple options to grow and protect our wealth. Banks are all over the place, markets are robust, and we can invest our money into assets like stocks or bonds at the drop of a hat.
In the United States, roughly 52% of people are invested in the stock market – but in a place like India, for example, this portion drops to a paltry 2%. How can we make it possible for people on the “outside” of the financial system to gain access?
Breaking Down Barriers
Today’s infographic comes to us from Abra, and it shows how decentralized finance could make investing a more universal phenomenon, especially for those that don’t have access to the modern financial system.
It lays out four key obstacles that prevent people in developing markets from investing in quality financial assets in the first place:
- The Geographic Lottery
Where you live plays a massive role in determining your ability to build wealth. In advanced Western economies, the average person is much more likely to be invested in financial markets that can help compound wealth.
- Financial Literacy and Complexity
Roughly 3.5 billion adults globally lack an understanding of basic financial concepts, which creates an impenetrable barrier to investing.
- Local Market Turmoil
Even if a person is mentally prepared to invest, local market turmoil (hyperinflation, political crises, closed borders, etc.) can make it difficult to get access to stable assets.
- The Cost of Investing in Foreign Markets
Foreign assets can be pricey. One share of Amazon is $1,800, which is realistically more money than many people around the world can afford.
In other words, there are billions of people globally that can’t take advantage of some of the most effective wealth-building tactics.
This is just one flaw in the current financial system, a paradigm that has created massive amounts of wealth but only for a specific and well-connected group of people.
Enter Decentralized Finance
Could decentralized finance be the alternative to open up access to financial markets?
By combining apps with blockchain technology – specifically through public blockchains such as Bitcoin or Ethereum – decentralized finance makes it possible to get around some of the barriers that are created by more traditional systems.
Here are some of the innovations that are making this possible:
Smart contracts could automate transactions and remove intermediaries, making investing cheaper, faster, and more accessible.
Fractional investing could allow partial or shared ownership of financial assets by using tokenization. This would make expensive stocks like Amazon ($1,800 per share) available to a much wider segment of the population.
Location independent investing is possible through smartphones. This would make it possible for people in remote parts of the developing world to invest, even without access to nearby financial institutions or local markets.
Like the internet with knowledge, decentralized finance could reshape the world by making financial access universal. Who’s ready?
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