Bitcoin continues to hover around $40,000 on Wednesday morning, with some price analysts describing the latest recovery as a “dead cat bounce”.
Other leading cryptocurrencies, including Ethereum (ether), Cardano (ada) and dogecoin have also stalled, having surged in value alongside bitcoin at the start of the week.
Market experts appear divided over whether the bounce back was part of a longer term bull market trend that will see bitcoin hit new record highs in 2021, or whether it is simply following the same pattern seen after the 2017 price peaks.
There has been plenty of good news in the crypto space in recent days, which has contributed to positive forecasts and price predictions in the region of $250,000.
The president of Tanzania has shown interest in adopting bitcoin as legal tender, Tunisia’s finance minister wants to decriminalise cryptocurrency and MicroStrategy is planning to plough another half billion dollars into BTC.
We’ll have all the latest news, analysis and price predictions right here.
Crypto expert Q&A
A reminder that you’ve still got time to submit any questions you may have about bitcoin and the broader cryptocurrency space to our experts.
In 20 minutes I’ll be joined by Dr Paul Ennis, an assistant professor at University College Dublin whose research focusses on cryptocurrency, and Fred Schebesta, a crypto advocate and founder of comparison platform Finder.com.
You can submit any questions you might have for them right here:
Anthony Cuthbertson17 June 2021 10:41
El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law receives no help from World Bank
El Salvador’s mission to introduce bitcoin as a mainstream form of currency within the next three months will receive no help from the World Bank, the international lender has said.
By passing the Bitcoin Law through Congress last week, El Salvador became the first country in the world to adopt the cryptocurrency as legal tender. The 90 day deadline put in place may be tough without the assistance of the World Bank, who cited environmental and transparency concerns.
“We are committed to helping El Salvador in numerous ways including for currency transparency and regulatory processes,” a spokesperson for the World Bank told Reuters.
“While the government did approach us for assistance on bitcoin, this is not something the World Bank can support given the environmental and transparency shortcomings.”
Anthony Cuthbertson17 June 2021 08:21
Bitcoin price heading up or down?
The counter to the “dead cat bounce” argument is that bitcoin’s price trajectory is still yet to see its peak in 2021.
The most prominent advocate of this narrative is the pseudonymous Dutch analyst PlanB, who is best known for his Stock-to-Flow price prediction model.
According to one version of this, bitcoin is set for a “second run of this bull market”, which could push the cryptocurrency’s price north of $250,000 in the near-ish future. Similar market blips to the one currently underway were seen in 2013 and 2017, before new all-time highs were ultimately seen.
PlanB remains firmly behind his model.
Anthony Cuthbertson16 June 2021 20:25
Panama looks to follow El Salvador with bitcoin adoption
Panamanian Congressman Gabriel Silva is hoping his country could be the next to follow El Salvador by adopting bitcoin as legal tender.
Silva plans to present a bill next month that will begin the process to open up the country’s economy to the cryptocurrency
“I found El Salvador’s project positive, ambitious, interesting and with good acceptance,” he said following El Salvador’s announcement, and today said there is “strong citizen support” for the project.
Anthony Cuthbertson16 June 2021 16:29
Ask an expert anything
In an effort to make sense of this tumultuous time for the crypto market, we’ve invited a couple of experts to take readers’ questions.
Dr Paul Ennis, an assistant professor at University College Dublin whose research focuses on cryptocurrency, and Fred Schebesta, a crypto advocate and founder of comparison platform Finder.com, will join us tomorrow morning to give readers of The Independent an opportunity to ask anything they like about bitcoin and the crypto space.
You can find out more – and ask your questions in the comments – here:
Anthony Cuthbertson16 June 2021 14:23
Kim Kardashian promotes Ethereum Max
Kim Kardashian shared a post with her 200 million+ followers shilling the cryptocurrency Ethereum Max earlier this week.
The paid promotion caused its price to double and follows similar posts by other celebrities, including Floyd Mayweather – who has previously been fined for promoting dodgy coins.
So is it worth investing and what does it actually do? David Morris, CoinDesk’s chief insights columnist, spent some time digging into Ethereum Max in an attempt to answer these questions.
Firstly, it is in no way affiliated with the more famous Ethereum (ether) cryptocurrency. Many of the deals its creators claim to have made are not all they seem. The moral of the story? Do your own research before investing in cryptocurrencies promoted by celebrities.
Anthony Cuthbertson16 June 2021 12:50
Bitcoin vs. Elon Musk
Elon Musk has responded with laughing face emojis to a meme shared by Billy Markus, the co-founder of dogecoin, referencing the Tesla CEO’s involvement in the space.
Musk’s market-moving impact was most recently demonstrated when he said his electric car company would consider accepting the cryptocurrency again if its network improves its reliance on renewable energy sources.
Some appear happy to have the backing of the technology billionaire, even if it is only part-time. Others are less keen and see it as unnecessary interference. Whatever the case, it doesn’t look like he’s going away any time soon.
Anthony Cuthbertson16 June 2021 10:42
Bitcoin price recovery mirrors ‘dead cat bounce’ pattern
A popular market analyst has warned that bitcoin may already have seen its peak price in 2021.
The pseudonymous Mr. Whale, whose @cryptowhale Twitter account has nearly a quarter of a million followers, has compared the latest recovery to the “dead cat bounce” pattern seen following the price high seen in 2017.
If this is the case, then bitcoin could be heading as low as $7,000 later this year or in early 2022. However, if this bounce back leads on to new price records this year then the new all-time high could be considerably higher.
Anthony Cuthbertson16 June 2021 09:35
Bitcoin 2021 ‘super spreader’ event?
Dozens of attendees of the Bitcoin 2021 conference, which took place in Miami earlier this month, have reportedly tested positive for Covid-19.
12,000 people attended the event, with no mask mandate or proof of vaccination required. Numerous attendees have since reported testing positive on social media, though it is still too early to determine whether it was a so-called “super spreader” event.
“We have no reason to believe the conference was a ‘Super Spreader.’ At this point, with the information we know, this characterization of the event is not only unfair but also irresponsible,” Miami’s mayoral office said in a statement.
Anthony Cuthbertson15 June 2021 21:20
Tunisia to ‘decriminalise bitcoin’
A senior minister in Tunisia has called for bitcoin to be decriminalised in the country after a teenager was reportedly arrested for using the cryptocurrency to buy something online.
Finance Minister Ali Kooli said in a TV interview with Carthage+ that the current law was outdated and “did not represent changes in the global economy”.
He said: “Is it conceivable that a young man is imprisoned for using digital currency? I do not agree with this law and I will work to change it.”
The news comes after politicians in several countries expressed interest in following El Salvador’s lead by adopting bitcoin as legal tender.
Anthony Cuthbertson15 June 2021 16:27