BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes Stands by $50,000 Bitcoin Price Prediction

Omar Faridi
  • BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes recently stated on CNBC’s Fast Money show that he’s sticking to his $50,000 Bitcoin price prediction by end of this year.
  • Hayes said that Bitcoin could be “one positive regulatory decision away” from again hitting the $20,000 mark, and then surging to $50,000.

BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes recently stated that he still thinks Bitcoin (BTC) will reach $50,000 by the end of this year. The Wharton School graduate sated on CNBC that he thinks “something that goes up to $20,000 in one year can have a correction down to around $6,000.”

He added that bitcoin might be “one positive regulatory decision away” from again reaching the $20,000 price range, and then climbing up to $50,000. This regulatory decision could be something like an ETF being approved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), according to Hayes.

The CEO of BitMEX further noted that he thinks larger cryptocurrency price movements will occur during an even shorter timespan as we move forward. This, he added, because of the increase in the number of active participants in the evolving crypto market.

Hayes then pointed out that from 2013 to 2015, “we went for $1,200 to $200” and from 2015 to 2017, “[from] $200 to $20,000.” Having gone through these large price swings in previous years, Hayes believes it is possible that the timespan between these high price fluctuations could become shorter due to the sheer number of investors “who have invested capital and resources to trade this asset class.”

Additionally, the cryptocurrency exchange’s chief executive revealed higher liquidity levels, along with an added interest in cryptocurrencies, will lead to a shorter timespan “between an aggressive bear market and an aggressive bull market.”

Bitcoin's Unexpected Surge 

Fundstrat co-founder Tom Lee has also made a bullish bitcoin price prediction, as he believes the cryptocurrency hit $25,000 by the end of 2018. Hayes himself has in the past predicted BTC will hit $50,000.

Notably, bitcoin’s price fell below $5,900 this week and many market analysts thought it would decline further. The cryptocurrency has been enduring a bearish trend that saw it drop from a near $20,000 all-time high since late last year. Surprisingly, though, the flagship cryptocurrency has surged to around $6,400 and appears to be stabilizing at this price.

Nexo Co-Founder: Bitcoin Doubters Are Running Out Of Reasons

Michael LaVere
  • Nexo exec says bitcoin doubters are running out of reasons. 
  • The price of BTC broke $12,600 for the first time in over a year. 

Bitcoin doubters are running out of steam in 2019, especially as the price of BTC trends towards new highs. 

No Longer Doubting Bitcoin

Antoni Trenchev, co-founder and managing partner of cryptocurrency lending startup Nexo, appeared on CNBC  onJune 25 to take aim at bitcoin detractors. In the interview, Trenchev explained that bitcoin has been declared dead more than 300 times, with 90 occasions occurring in the past year. 

Nexo Antoni Trenchev Bitcoin DoubtersAntoni Trenchev appeared on CNBC to discuss bitcoin's price rally | Source: CNBC

Crypto bears such as Warren Buffett and Peter Schiff have continued to call for the demise of bitcoin, despite the price trading above $11,000. Trenchev declared that bitcoin “has risen from the ashes yet again.”

He continued, 

“I think, you know, the doubters are having a really hard time continuing their cause.”

Institutional Interest In Cryptocurrency

Trenchev gave his reasons for the increased rise in bitcoin price. He highlighted institutional participation, including the launch of JP Morgan’s JPMCoin pilot at the end of the year. Geopolitical turmoil has also been favorable for the price of bitcoin. 

In early April, concerns over Brexit sparked the initial rally which saw bitcoin jump above $4,000. More recently, deteriorating US-China and US-Mexico trade relations have led to anxiety in the stock market. With President Trump now threatening sanctions against Iran, bitcoin is becoming a favorable digital asset for investors fleeing traditional markets. 

Set For New Heights in 2019

Despite crypto proponents losing confidence during last year’s bear market, Trenchev believes skepticism is shifting towards current bitcoin detractors. 

He told CNBC, 

“[During] the bear market of 2018, we’ve seen even the harshest proponents turning skeptical at some point, and this usually is the inflection point from which, you know, assets start rallying again, but I think it is really about institutional support and implications that it has in terms of mass adoption.”

Trenchev also gave a nod to Facebook’s Libra. While Facebook has created a storm of global regulatory concern over Libra, the digital currency has driven new interest into cryptoassets -- even if bitcoin's price was already on the rise. 

In all, Nexo’s co-founder believes it is more difficult to doubt bitcoin in 2019. The landscape for crypto has shifted since last year’s market collapse, which will provide a springboard for adoption and price.