Impressions from Q2 of 2019 – Obvious Capital
On the fundamental side of the equation, we have been also flooded with plenty of positive news. One of the most exciting, and abnormally least shared through media, is the closing of Q2 with an all-time record value for Bitcoin Hash Rate — the amount of computing power dedicated to secure the Bitcoin blockchain. The same all-time high was also established for the Mining Difficulty.
In our perspective, those facts clearly signal that the market insiders (miners) are bullish and predominantly positive about the future of the Bitcoin Network. Accumulation is happening and, behind the scenes, they have in mind the next Bitcoin halvening, expected to happen during May of 2020.
Institutional grade funds are flowing into new mining equipment and an abnormal number of start-ups are offering a wider commercial offering, attracting capital from every single type of investor. That spells business with capital letters and one just needs to follow the track of the money.
- Starbucks, Nordstrom and Whole Foods started accepting Bitcoin as payment using an in-store scanner provided by Gemini and an app called Spedn, built by payments startup FlexaHQ. AT&T mobile carrier also followed that lead and started to accept payments in cryptocurrency.
- A serious hack in Binance happened, which is currently the main retail crypto exchange. After that, it also stopped accepting US costumers, planned to open a US exchange, and confirmed margin trading.
- Tether was threatened by the USA administration because it is apparently not backed up 100% by Fiat.
- Major global institutions launched their own version of a blockchain through the umbrella of Facebook’s Libra. The new coin, scheduled to launch in 2020, will be a stable coin, backed by a mix of sovereign currency and short-term debt instruments.
- Microsoft launched a decentralized identity tool on Bitcoin Blockchain called ION.
- Bakkt to accept users for testing their BTC Futures on 22 of July.
- Amazon filed a proof-of-work patent using cryptography.
- SEC postponed VanEck bitcoin ETF.
- Goldman Sachs plans to launch a stable coin.
What will bring us Q3? We’re working with a few possible scenarios. The most bullish ones are pointing to a target area between $15k up to $16k, where there are some interesting harmonic confluences, from a technical analysis perspective.
On the least bright side of the equation, there is also some plausibility that a Summer pull-back may happen, leading the prices to revisit the previously easily broken levels and to gain even more strength on the following upper movements.
The more bearish scenarios even point to a closer re-test of the $3,100 year-to-date low. But, so far, we have tagged those scenarios with a very low probability to happen.
Currently, the price is sitting in the $11k up to $12k region. Between here and Bitcoin’s all-time high, there are not many significative resistances. It isn’t unfeasible, neither low probable, that we might see Bitcoin heading up to $20k still within 2019.