Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) Could Surge by at Least 300% in 2022, According to Fundstrat’s Research Arm

An analyst at a leading independent research firm thinks the top two cryptocurrencies are undervalued and primed for major price increases later this year.

In a new FS Insight report, Fundstrat Digital Asset Research’s head of digital asset strategy Sean Farrell makes the case that Bitcoin (BTC) has moved past the stage where cycles determine its price.

The strategist first examines Bitcoin’s disappointing price action over the past few months, when in the late fall many crypto enthusiasts were calling for BTC to hit $100,000 – only to witness a 50% correction after briefly touching $69,000 in November.

“Institutional adoption is a double-edged sword. Despite bullish underlying supply trends, BTC became heavily correlated with equities toward the end of Q4 2021, and consequently sold off in the face of Fed tightening.”

When looking at Bitcoin’s market cap to realized value (MVRV) post-halvening in 2020 versus both 2012 and 2016, the analyst believes the data indicates “more efficient price discovery and perhaps signaling the transition from payment network to store-of-value.”

“Are we are moving to a post-cycle world? We think so.” 

Source: FS Insight

Farrell goes on to say that future bull markets will be decided by cash inflows rather than cycles.

The strategist wraps up his Bitcoin coverage by predicting a rough first half of 2022 for Bitcoin before the leading crypto breaks out in a major way well past the $100,000 milestone.

“We applied an MVRV ratio of 3.2x, which is the historical median for Bitcoin when an ATH [all-time high] is reached, to the projected realized cap.

We sensitized the model to reach [a] range of $138k to $222k.”

At time of writing, Bitcoin is trading even on the day at $44,277.

Moving on to the second-ranked crypto asset Ethereum (ETH), the report notes that the Ethereum network generated almost $10 billion in transaction fees despite facing fierce competition from the likes of Avalanche (AVAX), Solana (SOL), and Polkadot (DOT).

“The [layer-1] wars began in earnest 2021, as venture-backed chains offered new options for developers and users, most often competing on scalability.”

Source: FS Insight

When it comes to ETH’s price forecast, Farrell believes that the leading smart contract platform remains undervalued.

“Despite a [competitive] set of layer-1’s to comp to, we don’t think the market is necessarily pricing these assets based on fundamentals just yet.

However, qualitatively, we feel that Ethereum is remarkably undervalued.

We applied a similar analysis to ETH (based on inflows and estimated MVRV) to arrive at a price target of $12,000.”

Ethereum is up 3.21% and priced at $3,231 at time of writing.

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‘Powder keg’: FSInsight report says a single spark could see BTC 5X

Financial research firm FSInsight predicts in a new report that Bitcoin could reach $222,000, and Ether could reach $12,000, by the end of 2022.

At current prices of BTC ($43,350) and ETH ($3,080), that would mean a nearly five-time and four-time increase in price for each coin respectively.

The Digital Assets In A Post-Cycle World report explained several factors that are likely to combine to drive prices to those heights by the end of the year. Compared to other cycles, it would appear that BTC has not achieved what the report calls “overly frothy valuations.” This could be attributed to better efficiency in the market, or a transition from a payment solution to a store-of-value.

The lack of bubble-like prices is shown by the fact that since the May 2020 Bitcoin halving, BTC market cap peaked at an increase of just 3.7x. This is the lowest increase since the 2016 halving, when the market cap peaked at an increase of 4.2x.

The halving is when the mining reward issued per block is reduced by half, reducing the new supply coming onto the market. The 2020 halving saw block rewards go down to 6.25 BTC per block.

Supply-side dynamics are also seen as a bullish signal by FSInsight. Illiquid supply of BTC — Bitcoin which has found a long term home in storage — comprises about 75% of the circulating supply. The report states:

“The current supply dynamics can best be described as a powder keg. The question remains who lights the match.”

This observation tallies neatly with the Feb 7 video from the InvestAnswers Youtube channel. Host James Mullarney said that due to the current lack of sellers, a “buy between 100,000 and 200,000 Bitcoin within the space of one or two weeks” could send the price up 3X.

The FSInsight report also noted that market value to realized value (MVRV) of BTC is at the lowest level since April 2020, when price was still below $10,000. From that point, BTC price climbed steadily up over the next year to a high of about $57,000 in May 2021.

Ultimately, the report forecasts BTC price to reach a range of $138,000 to $222,000 by the end of 2022.

The case for ETH

The bullish forecast for ETH began by showing how Ethereum generated nearly $10 billion in fees in 2021. According to the report, that is a 1,564% annual growth rate from 2020.

ETH saw a 1,564% annual growth rate in 2021 from 2020, according to FSInsight.

The ETH supply-side dynamics also spell bullish signals for the analysts, which noted that the burn mechanism from th implementation of EIP 1559 creates “disinflationary pressure,” but added:

“While we do not necessarily believe this to make ETH ‘sound’ money, it is certainly beneficial for price.”

Related: Ethereum price holds above $3K but network data suggests bulls may get trapped

FSInsight analysts conclude that ETH is “remarkably undervalued.” Analysts factored in The Merge, when Ethereum is scheduled to transition to Proof-of-Stake consensus, Layer 2 platform development, and the potential launch of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), to forecast a price of $12,000 by the end of 2022.