Ethereum Cofounder Reveals ‘Underrated’ Bitcoin And Crypto Bull Case Amid Massive Price Rally

Bitcoin has exploded since October, climbing from its long-time $10,000 per bitcoin support level to never-before-seen highs of almost $35,000.

The bitcoin price added over 300% through 2020, a rally that included a 50% crash in March amid the coronavirus meltdown. Meanwhile, ethereum, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency, has rallied even harder—soaring 600% over the last 12 months.

Now, as bitcoin and cryptocurrency investors try to call exactly how far this already-huge rally will run, ethereum cofounder Vitalik Buterin has revealed what he thinks is an “underrated” bull case for crypto.

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“One of the more underrated bull cases for cryptocurrency that I have always believed is simply the fact that gold is lame, the younger generations realize that it’s lame, and that $9 trillion has to go somewhere,” Buterin wrote in a recent 2020 summary blog post, referring to the total value of the world’s mined gold.


Bitcoin’s reputation as “digital gold” has grown in recent months, bolstered by a flurry of big-name investors that have named bitcoin as an emerging inflation hedge.

“If the gold bet works the bitcoin bet will probably work better because it’s thinner, more illiquid and has a lot more beta to it,” billionaire investor Stanley Druckenmiller, who, along with fellow investor George Soros, famously bet against the British pound in 1992 and made massive profits, said in November.

Meanwhile, repeated surveys (as well as endless and often hilarious anecdotes) have found younger people are far more inclined to buy bitcoin, ethereum and other cryptocurrencies than older groups. And most of those surveys are from before the coronavirus pandemic forced governments around the world to heap even more debt on the shoulders of young.

We’re now in “a world where blockchains and cryptocurrencies are well poised to play an important part, though for reasons much more complex than many people think, and having as much to do with cultural forces as anything financial,” Buterin wrote, arguing “public-blockchain-based solutions [will] just keep quietly moving forward and gaining actual adoption.”

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Elsewhere, other influential voices in the technology and cryptocurrency space have echoed Buterin’s comments.

“I believe that governments will respond to all of these economic challenges by continuing to print fiat money without restraint and by taxing and regulating innovative new companies to protect old and dying companies,” Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist, wrote in a blog post outlining his predictions for the coming year.

“This will lead investors to continue to allocate capital to new forms of money (crypto) and new ways of creating and financing innovation (decentralized projects and organizations).”

After an explosive start to the year that’s seen the broad bitcoin and cryptocurrency market add a staggering $100 billion in just a few short days, 2021 looks set to be a big one for crypto.


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Binance US CEO predicts $100K Bitcoin by 2022

Catherine Coley, CEO of major crypto exchange Binance’s U.S. arm, sees the current Bitcoin bull run as a sign the crypto asset could reach a price up to $100,000.

Speaking to news outlet KLTA yesterday, Coley said the recent rally in the price of Bitcoin (BTC) — moving from $19,000 to more than $34,000 in less than a month — may be due to a surge in the number of institutional investors taking an interest in the crypto asset. She added that the crypto space could be seeing an “accelerated” rally based on what happened prior to the 2017 bull run, in which the BTC price surged more than a year after the rewards halving in July 2016.

“Where maybe we thought maybe $50,000 made sense, this number is definitely going to be a little bit higher than that in my opinion,” said Coley. “I think we’re going towards $75,000 to $100,000 for Bitcoin by the end of 2021.”

The Binance.US CEO is not alone in her bullish predictions for the coming year. Dan Held, crypto exchange Kraken’s growth lead, has been saying since last year that Bitcoin could be entering a “supercycle” in 2021 eventually driving the price to $1,000,000. In a video posted to his YouTube channel last week, Held predicted the price of Bitcoin would move much more than a “100x increase” based on increasing adoption of the crypto asset.

The current bull run has also caught the attention of major news outlets. Bitcoin made the front page of U.K. based international business newspaper Financial Times for Jan. 4:

At the time of publication, the price of Bitcoin is $33,410, having risen 4% in the last 24 hours.