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The Bitcoin BTC Collapse of 2018, Trend Outlook 2019

Currencies / Bitcoin Dec 31, 2018 - 11:12 PM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Currencies

2018 was the year the bitcoin crypto bubble burst that witnessed the bitcoin price first collapse to a floor of $6000, from which each attempted bounce failed to generate any follow through, and the longer the failure for a breakout higher continued then the greater the probability that the price would eventually break lower, below the $6000 floor. Which is what transpired during November that saw Bitcoin plunge to a new low of $3,100 by Mid December, a far cry from the fantasy of first revisiting $20k and then $50k that a naive 'manipulated' Bitcoin community had pinned their hopes and dreams on whilst immersed in an endless feedback loop of perma bull bitcoin pump mania commentary, that was the mainstay of the internet during 2018, whilst the manipulators were dumping their holdings onto the naive players. Just like what the pump and dumpers have been doing with penny stocks for over 100 years!


And it was an even worse experience for holders of Alt coins such as Ethereum that collapsed from $1000 to $100, and that's before over $1 billion of theft of crypto's straight out of the exchange held wallets of retail investors.

But first a recap of my forecast expectations for 2018 which I published when the crypto was trading at USD 14,000, warning that the Bitcoin price was likely to continue crashing lower towards a target of $5,000, a forecast that at the time was met with much denial from the bitcoin community who were focused on fantasising about the crypto soon revisiting $20k.

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As for what bitcoin could do during 2018, well the price may have recovered by some 30% from the recent $10k low but I doubt that the decline is over, so it looks like bitcoin holders are currently in the calm before the next Bitcoin storm, another down leg to well below $10k, probably a spike down to $5k! Following which I would expect Bitcoin to be pretty much dead for the rest of the year, i.e. don't expect a return to $20k anytime soon! So Bitcoin gamblers beware!

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And my update of 5th Feb at BTC $8k reaffirmed expectations for downwards price spiral now towards lower to $4k

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So what does the chart say for the prospects for Bitcoin, well the declines momentum has fallen slightly which suggests that the rate of decent should gradually become milder.

However, the downwards trend / collapse remains in progress so there has been little deviation against my forecast to date which means Bitcoin remains heading for a spike down to $5,000 this year.

With my look at Bitcoin on 19th March warning against getting sucked into a suckers rally at the time which had seen BTC rally from a low $7,200 to $8,600. Where instead I warned that the Bitcoin price rather than recovering could slice through $5k, then $4k and even $3k and that I would not be surprised if Bitcoin went as low as $2,000!

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So here we stand at then end of December 2018 with the Bitcoin price currently trading at $3,680! Mission accomplished in terms of my forecast for 2018.

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