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Crypto bulls predict the future for Bitcoin

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  • Bitcoin is back. The cryptocurrency last week passed the $18,000 level for the first time since its all-time peak in December 2017.
  • As bitcoin gets closer to its record high of almost $20,000, CNBC asked five crypto experts for their take on the rally.

As the digital currency — which is up over 150% this year — moves closer than ever to its record high of almost $20,000, CNBC asked five crypto experts for their take on the latest rally.

Is bitcoin’s meteoric rise in value now different than the speculative frenzy of late 2017 and early 2018? And where does the price of bitcoin go from here? Here’s what they said:

What’s different this time round?

Many commentators in the industry say the crypto market has matured over the last three years.

“The main difference between now and the 2017 rally is that back then the market was driven by retail speculation and now it’s being driven by corporations and billionaires,” said Mati Greenspan, portfolio manager and founder of Quantum Economics.

Wall Street incumbent Fidelity, for instance, set up a new unit to let its clients invest in digital assets, while PayPal recently started letting its U.S. users buy, hold and sell a range of virtual currencies.

And there are now big-name investors putting their money into bitcoin, including billionaire hedge fund managers Paul Tudor Jones and Stanley Druckenmiller.

“There was nothing conspicuous about their involvement,” said Antoni Trenchev, managing partner of crypto lender Nexo. “They purchased in stealth mode but once bitcoin made it to their treasuries, they let the world know, similar to the gold bull market in the 1970s.”

Then there’s the coronavirus pandemic. Crypto fans have compared bitcoin to safe-haven assets like gold, which investors often flock to in times of economic turbulence. They claim that Covid-related stimulus measures have lessened the appeal of sovereign currencies like the U.S. dollar.

Meanwhile, bitcoin underwent a key technical event earlier this year called the “halving,” which saw the amount of bitcoins rewarded to the so-called “miners” who add bitcoin transactions to its public ledger get cut in half. Some analysts say this event has also contributed to the asset’s climb in 2020.

Where does bitcoin go from here?

There are plenty of sky-high predictions for what price bitcoin could zoom to in the near-to-long term. But many crypto enthusiasts agree bitcoin is likely to pass its all-time high soon.

“A new all-time high is not only possible but is largely anticipated by bitcoin believers to happen any day now,” said Greenspan.

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