In an interview with CNBC, Lee said the bitcoin price will likely see a new all-time high in 2020, eclipsing the previous $20,000 mark. Lee is famous for inflated bitcoin price predictions, but he backed up the latest forecast with seven key indicators.
1. The bitcoin halving is coming
Every four years, the bitcoin block reward is cut in half to maintain the strict 21 million supply. It gives bitcoin an artificial scarcity and inherent value.
The next bitcoin “halving” is scheduled to take place on May 23rd 2020. Historically, the bitcoin price has begun to climb a year before the halving takes place. Tom Lee predicts the shrinking supply and upcoming halving will add fuel to the bitcoin rally.
2. Trading volumes back near record highs
As CCN previously reported, bitcoin trading volumes are back near record highs. Lee points to a key moment in January 2019 when year-on-year trading volumes turned positive.
#bitcoin transactions reaching ath’s again
— Sakura ¥ (@carryyen) March 28, 2019
Lee cites increased bitcoin adoption in Venezuela and Turkey for the increasing volume:
“Just taking those two countries, they’re close to 30% of the increase in on-chain activity, so it’s meaningful. “People are saying, ‘Look, I don’t trust using these local currencies. I don’t trust the banks. I’m going to start using bitcoin.’ And that’s what’s causing on-chain volume to really take off.”
3. Bitcoin smashes past its 200 day moving average
Earlier in the month, bitcoin closed above its 200 day moving average in a technically strong bullish sign. The last time it happened was October 2015 and bitcoin went on to kickstart a two-year bull-run.
Bitcoin (BTC) is trading well above the 200 day moving average and there is the possibility of a golden cross coming . pic.twitter.com/ekkRqx9pw9
— ✈CRYPTO VEERA🚀 (@CRYPTOVEERA02) April 20, 2019
4. Fundstrat’s Bitcoin Misery Index turns positive
The bitcoin misery index (BMI) measures investor sentiment using a composite of bitcoin volatility, price, and trading activity. In April it hit its highest point since mid-2016.
Lee sees this as a sign that a bull market is forming since a high reading only occurs during bull markets. However, he also acknowledged that bitcoin famously took a 25 percent fall last time the BMI hit this point.
The Bitcoin Misery Index reached 89 on 4/2. Highest reading since June 2016. Means good and bad.
Good–>Since 2011, BMI>67 only seen during $BTC bull markets. More evidence bull starting.
Bad –>BMI>67 after peak, $BTC falls ~25%=Profit taking ST.#bitcoinmiseryindex pic.twitter.com/X55q2ypiCA
— Thomas Lee (@fundstrat) April 11, 2019
5. 60% – 70% increase in bitcoin OTC trading
According to a Fundstrat survey, institutional investors are pouring into bitcoin through over-the-counter (OTC) markets. OTC markets exist outside the main reported exchanges and reportedly account for half of all bitcoin trading volume.
Lee claims OTC trading activity is up 60% – 70% which is a sure sign that “big money” is coming to crypto. As he explains, OTC markets are:
“Really important in terms of how institutional investors trade crypto.”
6. Consensus that the “bottom is in”
Lee points to a handful of “original” bitcoin bulls who believe we have seen the lowest prices in this bitcoin rout. He repeatedly claims that bitcoin whales, who pulled money out of the market in early 2018 are now beginning to put their money back into bitcoin.
7. Bitcoin’s golden cross
Lastly, Lee points to the “golden cross” technical indicator. The golden cross is another hugely positive indicator that traditionally confirms a bullish breakout.
Ladies & Gents… The Golden Cross!
Bitcoin’s 50-day moving average (gold) crossing above her 200-day moving average (blue). 📈
This is yet another sign that we’re back in a🐂market. 🚀🌛 pic.twitter.com/VK1PSsOYIB
— Mati Greenspan (@MatiGreenspan) April 23, 2019
Tom Lee polled his Twitter followers, 43 percent of whom believed the golden cross was a good sign.
SURVEY: Bitcoin golden cross (50D crosses above 200D) today.
What is your reaction to this Golden Cross
— Thomas Lee (@fundstrat) April 23, 2019
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Tom Lee has long-held a positive view of bitcoin’s price but his forecasts aren’t always accurate. He predicted bitcoin would end 2018 at $25,000, a call that fell significantly short. Let’s see if this latest bullish prediction is more accurate.
About The Author
Ben is a journalist with a decade of experience covering financial markets. His writing has appeared in The Huffington Post and he worked at Block Explorer, the world’s longest-running source of Blockchain data.