Chart below depicts a possible scenario for the Bitcoin price over the next several years:
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The chart above and its red non-linear regression fit curve was computed in early 2017. The green price curve was extended from early 2017 as hand-drawn by myself to a rough approximation of the actual price movements. I have also drawn a pink curve which is a rough estimate of one possible scenario for the future as will be explained below. Note if the chart were recomputed, the actual regression fit as of today would probably be between the computed (not my hand-drawn curve) pink and red regression fit curves depicted above.
Western Civilization Collapse Coming: Fastest Solar Decline in almost 10,000 Years
The important question is whether this recent
Dec 2017 peak of
$19660 is the start of a long drawn out crypto winter similar to the period from the peak in
Dec 2013 until the bottom in 2015, with new ATHs not attained until more than 3 years later in 2017?
Or whether the recent
Dec 2017 peak is mimicking the
Apr 2013 peak which bottomed in July, with new ATHs in the
Dec 2013 peak just 8 months later?
Referring to the above chart, one concern possibly indicating that a crypto winter could ensue, is that the recent
Dec 2017 peak is 16 times greater than the
Dec 2013 peak; whereas, the
Apr 2013 peak was only 8 times greater than the
Jun 2011 peak. That observation taken in isolation from other observations, seems to indicate that the recent
Dec 2017 peak might be not be mimicking
Apr 2013 and thus instead mimicking
Dec 2013. The
Apr 2013 peak is distinguished from a crypto winter, because the
Jun 2011 peak demarcated the start of the previous crypto winter. However, this concern seems likely overruled by the following…
Flattening Curve As Adoption Spreads
Technology adoption typically follows an S-curve. So it’s not unreasonable for the market capitalization (and price if supply is capped as is the case for Amazon stock and Bitcoin) to have a logistic curve fit as shown on the above chart.
There were three preceding crypto winters measured from peak to new ATHs:
|crypto winter peak||peak price||new ATHs attained|
Note on the above chart that as the crypto winters become longer in duration, the non-crypto winter peak (visibly
Feb 2011 and
Apr 2013) on the way up from the bottom to the next crypto winter peak (
Jun 2011 and
Dec 2013 respectively), moves closer to the crypto winter peak and becomes greater in magnitude. Also notice that the crypto winter peaks are becoming lesser multiples of their preceding crypto winter peaks:
|crypto winter peak||peak price||# of times|
|preceding crypto winter peak|
In my most recent comment of my prior blog POSSIBLE SLINGSHOT BITCOIN CRASH AHEAD, I recognized an inverted head and shoulders pattern which Coindesk also mentioned (EDIT 4 days later: the H&S pattern which the speculators on BCT are starting to sniff). This appears to be targeting
$13000 in March with a possible spike to
$15000 before the renewed decline towards a possible higher low in June of approximately
$15000 would mimick the 67% retracement in the corresponding
Apr 2013 non-crypto winter peak. Both of those price targets are cordoned by the blue lines that were projected on the following chart:
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If we instead move up to
$17000 on this bounce mimicking the retracement in
Dec 2013 and then subsequently decline below the top of the channel on the above chart, that could warn of a drop below
$5850 and a crypto winter ensuing in 2018 instead of in 2019.
But this crypto winter in 2018 scenario doesn’t match as well the first chart above, because it would imply a low of perhaps
$3750if it occurred too soon in 2018 thus either fall too far below the computed regression fit curve or not be low enough (i.e.
≥ $5850) if occurred on the projected timing of 2020 for the low of such a premature crypto winter that would underway now. Whereas, a crypto winter peak in
Q1/2019 at new ATHs would produce a subsequent low without those aforementioned issues.
Possible Causes of Crypto Winter 2019 – 2024
The securities regulators are ramping up their worldwide enforcement planning as I had warned in my blog Are Most Cryptocurrencies Doomed to Collapse — because they’re “ICO-issued”? and followed up with analysis of the recent Senate hearing and then some related to future enforcement analysis of the purchase of the Poloniex exchange by Circle. SEC Chairman Clayton has even put his warnings in writing recently. And today we have the WSJ article about large scale probe of ICOs with subpoenas initiated by the SEC. Cointelegraph also relayed this news. I posit they won’t likely begin a large-scale crackdown until they’ve got many of the ICO tokens stored on exchanges they can confiscate and with adequate coordination with other securities regulators worldwide. So this crackdown will probably ramp up over the 2019 – 2024 period providing an endless series of (“death by a thousand paper cuts”) bad news for ICO speculation and the crypto markets.
The regulators/banks have also been ramping up their probe/pressure on Tether (USDT). Estimates are some 15% of exchange volume and capital is tied up into USDT, and that the peg has been excessively printed out-of-thin-air. Pegs always fail, because the math of markets will not allow them to be viable (no matter how they’re constructed).
The SegWit theft and reversion to Satoshi’s Bitcoin protocol is still on the table as a possibility which I covered in my blogs The Real Bitcoin: which Bitcoin fork will win? and Shocking Crisis Coming to Cryptocurrency , as well as a Bitcointalk thread I started. If this happens, it could potentially bankrupt many exchanges.
$100,000 Probably Not Until 2024+
Until the regression curve fit becomes more flat and linear, then long-term TA requires curve fitting on a logarithmic chart, because rates of exponential growth slow down so prices movements will not remain proportional. Saplings grow very fast to oak trees, but oak trees don’t grow to the moon. Exponential growth slows; it’s always logistic growth in nature and physics, (certainly not linear and) not exponential without a decreasing exponent.
So that’s why I don’t think charts such as the following reflect reality. The trendlines drawn don’t hold from the prior crypto winter peaks to the most recent one, because the regression curve was not flat enough. IOW, it can’t be backtested. Whereas, my holistic model was backtested (although correlation doesn’t guarantee cause & effect, because for example we can find patterns in the clouds which are meaningless).
Another hint that the following chart doesn’t reflect reality is that if the next peak comes in
Q1/2019 as I expect, then the chart below projects a
$180,000 price which is a nice fantasy, but that would be a
150X gain from the prior crypto winter peak. It doesn’t seem likely. Japan for example has already attained significant adoption with 2.7% of its population owning some Bitcoin. Adoption is far more mature than it was in 2013. The surge has already occurred. We’re looking for the final blow off peak later in 2018 as the laggard greater fools come on board to get slaughtered before the next crypto winter.
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Here’s another chart that @rajsallin sent me. I think the upper line on the following chart is not a computed regression curve. What they apparently did was compute the regression fit curve that is the middle curve (which is congruent with the regression fit curve in the first chart on this blog) and they then kept the curvature on the upper and lower curves consistent with the middle curve. But in fact the peaks are becoming lesser multiples, so the upper curve should becoming flatter sooner than the middle curve and thus becoming closer to the middle curve. So we can say the following chart is propaganda.
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ICO-issued Tokens Will Collapse?
Analogous to Amazon not being in a bubble during the dot.com boom & bust, the demand for crypto-tokens isn’t in a bubble. Yet analogous to Amazon, that doesn’t mean the sector can’t become overheated and crash along the way towards full adoption and greater ATHs. Specifically, the liquidity, quality, and overemphasis on advisers as metric of quality of ICO speculation is in a bubble.
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The first chart is the total crypto market capitalization and the second one for the Bitcoin price, and what we want to pay attention to on these two charts is the percentage “Spread” above the (purple in the first and closer to the pink curve in the second) regression curve trendline.
Notice that in December we only reached about
300% overbought for the Spread on the Bitcoin chart (which did not reach the maximum overbought projection) which is projecting to
400% maximum overbought by
Q1/2019. But for total crypto market capitalization (including all altcoins) chart, the maximum
555% overbought Spread level was achieved and which is only projecting to
300% maximum overbought by
Q1/2019. Draw a line from through
991% Spread and it projects through just a tad bit below
555% and projects to
Q1/2019. That’s an ominous warning about altcoins as follows!
So if Bitcoin peaks at
400% as projected in
Q1/2019, that would put the BTC price pre-crypto winter peak at roughly
$44,000. Which means the Bitcoin market capitalization would be
$770B, which would be roughly
300% Spread over the purple regression curve for the total crypto market capitalization. And note
300% is the projected maximum overbought level for
Q1/2019 as stated in the prior paragraph!
Furthermore, if the crypto winter drops the Bitcoin price down from ~
$40k to ~
$10kby 20211, the Bitcoin market capitalization will be 18 million BTC multiplied by
$180 billion. That would be approximately
-80% Spread below the purple regression curve for 20211, which is approximately what the line drawn through
-72% projects to!
Both prior paragraphs, project that Bitcoin will become nearly 100% of the total crypto market capitalization again!
Bear in mind though that at
$770B market capitalization that could still allow leeway for some smaller market capitalization altcoins to appreciate significantly. For example, Litecoin which is currently at
$12B market capitalization could double to an ATH and fit in within the variance of this roughly computed projection. But the question is if most of the altcoins are going to collapse in price while Bitcoin and a few others don’t, then what would be the distinguishing factor that prevents them from also collapsing? What springs to my mind is those which were illegally issued as ICOs (i.e. securities) and those which were not. The major proof-of-work issued tokens include Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, and Bitcoin Cash. Ethereum, Dash, Steem and few others are not so clearly ICOs or proof-of-work issued, because they were only partially issued by proof-of-work and/or issued via a sneaky instamine which obfuscated that they’re essentially securities. Presumably if the ERC-20 ICO-issued tokens are all taken down by the regulators, then Ethereum would also decline significantly in price. As for Bitcoin Cash (soon with anonymity, although perhaps that’s some damage control given Core just improved Confidential Transactions (which might explain the recent Monero price rise)?) currently at
$22B market capitalization, it might languish/lag and then rise suddenly, perhaps as Bitcoin is crashing due to the aforementioned SegWit “donations” massive theft.
1 Note a 2020/21 low would also correspond to an expected bottoming for Asia in the recently rapidly accelerating coming global economic collapse which should only be a recession for Asia yet the start of an economic depression for Western Europe (i.e. the EU), noting what I wrote to @rajsallin about Asia being the early adopters of crypto en masse.
“You know you are a bag holder when...”
IMO, it’s simple to explain what the prior section appears to portend. The ICO illegal securities mania probably has everyone thinking that’s the new normal. The altcoins are extremely overvalued with 99% of them being complete nonsense and scammy money grabs. There’s going to be a reversion to the reality starting very soon. If something seems to be too good to be true and you’ve made a fortune in a very short period of time, you probably should be thinking about it probably is too good to be true. You’d probably be well advised to catch up on my latest analysis of the securities regulation juggernaut developing.
We old timers remember classics such as these from 2014 when frenzy for altcoins towards the end of 2013 had turned into…
Lets get together and talk about the giant bags of shit/scamcoins we hold.
We can use this thread to discuss:
-what giant bags are we holding
-How we got suckered into bagholding
-How are we dealing with the burden of bagholding
-what do we plan to do about the bags we are holding
-how others can learn from our mistakes and avoid repeating them.
My name is tokyoghetto and I am a Shieldcoin Bagholder.
The first piece of advice I found on these forums was "you only lose if you sell", which turned out to be the shittest piece of advice I have ever been given. I wish I had sold most of my shitcoins at a loss, rather than holding them until they were practically worthless. My name is bubble83 and I am a multiple shitcoin Bagholder.
I bought 1.6btc worth of vertcoin at .00128 and .0008. I failed to sell at the pump. Now vertcoin is being trading at .00028 and going down 3% everyday. My name is Joshuar and I am a Vertcoin bag holder.
LOL. I got stuck with almost 100,000 Hawaiicoins when it suddenly disappeared off Bittrex with no warning.
When did we go from 'hodling' to 'baghodling' ?? 😁😁
Anyone holding Flappy? oh god lol 😲
Yup! Lost 1 BTC on Flappycoin.
I know FLAP has been delisted from the major exchanges and I believe Poloniex just delisted it 4 days ago. Anyone bagholding FLAP will have a hard time dumping. Reading the thread it also mentions that the network isn't even moving anymore […] R.I.P Flappycoin Bagholders.
Bullcoin, Altcoin (ALT) and Inkcoin - no markets
I've got about 250k of TAK back when they did a quick pump I didn't sell fast enough apparently
EarthCoin was a bummer for me too , it went from 200 Sats to 2
i got still some bags … 300k mintcoin
0.5 BTC's worth of JuggaloCoin in my case, which I bought during its IPCO.
You have too much experience trading to buy retarded stuff like that.
The best dead coins out there are FCK & NDL 😛 I am a proud bag holder of both
Is this like Alcoholics Anonymous or something?
You purchase a coin and 5 minutes later the price drops...
15 minutes later the prices keeps dropping...
The next day it is worth half of what it was...
You read on the forums that weak hands are selling and tell yourself that you are a strong hand...
The next day it drops 15%...
You go back to the forums and see HOLD in big red text. You like the fact that it is in BIG BOLD RED text and listen...
The next day it drops another 15%...
You read on the forums that a HUGE announcement is coming... you realize you made the right decision and hold the coin...
The next day it drops another 15%...
You say FUCK it... I AM NOT A BAG HOLDER... and you SELL EVERYTHING for a HUGE LOSS... You probably have 25% of what you started with, but you console yourself that you did not lose everything...
Then you see the price skyrocket! To The MOON!...
In a PANICK you BUY as much as you can. Obviously it is much less than what you had before... But you are secure that you made the right choice...
The next day it drops 75%... Then gets delisted off the exchange... The Developer has run off to start another coin.
But there is hope... you see an announcement for another coin! — Judge Crypto