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Bitcoin on Sale: Pre-Halving Discount or Once-in-a-Lifetime Entry Point?

Bitcoin’s recent price dip has sent shockwaves through the investment community. With the highly anticipated halving event just a week away, many are wondering: is this a golden opportunity to snag Bitcoin at a discount?

The Halving: A Potential Price Catalyst

Historically, Bitcoin price increases have followed halving events. These programmed occurrences reduce the daily issuance of new Bitcoins by half, essentially tightening supply within the market. With a potential decrease in supply and, hopefully, steady or increasing demand, basic principles of economics suggest the price of Bitcoin could climb. Here’s a look at Bitcoin’s impressive price performance after each halving:

  • First Halving (Nov 2012): Price before halving: $10. Price one year after: $135 (1255% increase)
  • Second Halving (July 2016): Price before halving: $664. Price one year after: $17,760 (2673% increase)
  • Third Halving (May 2020): Price before halving: $9,734. Price one year after: $67,549 (693% increase)

Bullish Signals: ETFs Drive Demand

One major factor driving investor optimism is the continued surge in popularity of Bitcoin ETFs (Exchange-Traded Funds). These investment vehicles offer a secure and convenient way for traditional investors to gain exposure to Bitcoin without the complexities of direct cryptocurrency management. Recent reports highlight strong inflows into existing ETFs, suggesting an unwavering institutional appetite for Bitcoin.

ETF Accumulation Despite Grayscale

It’s worth noting that while some major players, like Grayscale, might be selling, the overall picture for ETFs remains positive. Excluding Grayscale, other ETFs have reportedly accumulated more than 500,000 BTC in around 75 days, which translates to roughly 6,666 BTC per day (compared to the current total daily mining rate of 900 BTC). This suggests a net inflow of approximately 222,000 BTC despite Grayscale’s activity.

Hong Kong Revs Up: Bitcoin Spot ETFs on the Horizon

Adding fuel to the fire is the imminent approval of Bitcoin Spot ETFs in Hong Kong. A report by Matrixport, a leading crypto financial services firm, estimates this approval could attract tens of billions of dollars in capital from mainland China through the Southbound Connect program. This influx of fresh capital could significantly bolster demand for Bitcoin.

ETFs: A Potential Solution to Tax Issues?

In some countries with high taxes on crypto profits, like India and Japan, ETFs might offer a solution. Crypto regimes with high tax structures incentivize investors to trade via ETFs due to potential tax advantages. However, Phillip Gillespie, Managing Partner at AWR, a leading crypto hedge fund focused on delta neutral trades, cautions about both short-term and long-term implications of ETF issuance alongside the halving. Short-term price movements are difficult to predict due to recent speculative buying. Yet, Gillespie believes long-term factors, such as government spending and expanding fiscal deficits, could contribute to higher crypto prices in the future. ETFs, by making access easier, could also help standardize tax codes and regulations across jurisdictions, addressing current inefficiencies.

The upcoming halving, surging ETF popularity, and potential capital influx from Hong Kong paint an intriguing picture for Bitcoin’s future. Beyond these immediate factors, Bitcoin enthusiasts see the rise of ETFs as a sign of broader recognition by governments around the world, solidifying Bitcoin’s position as a well-established alternative asset class.

Walid Abou Zaki

Walid is is the founder of Unlock Blockchain, a prominent resource for blockchain and cryptocurrency news. With a career spanning over two decades in the media sector, he has been at the forefront of emerging technologies and digital transformation. Since 2017, Walid has focused his expertise on the blockchain and crypto space, becoming recognized as one of the leading opinion influencers in the MENA region

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