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Bitcoin market “looks like 2016,” says crypto fund Grayscale

The Bitcoin bull run in 2020 has sent ripples (no puns) across the crypto space with market observers calling for the asset to eventually reach all-time highs later this year.

Bitcoin market “looks like 2016,” says crypto fund Grayscale

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The Bitcoin bull run in 2020 has sent ripples (no puns) across the crypto space with market observers calling for the asset to eventually reach all-time highs later this year. And if one prominent firm is considered โ€” the run is just getting started.

Bitcoin “looks like 2016”

Grayscale Investments, the institutional cryptocurrency fund, said in a recent report that Bitcoin is showing the same signs it did before the infamous 2017 run.

The Bitcoin market structure โ€œbears parallels that of early 2016 before it began its historic bull run,โ€ it said.

It also identified several on-chain metrics that point towards an increased public sentiment in the broader crypto market. An important takeaway from that was the increase in long-term holding over short-term speculation, indicating a sustainable price rally compared to 2017โ€™s boom and bust.

Image: The Tie

The firm predicted that both retail and institutional demand for Bitcoin would grow in the near future as inflation accelerates โ€” caused by governments around the world printing money to jumpstart an economy affected by the ongoing pandemic.

The above helps highlight the need for a โ€œscarce monetary commodity,โ€ with Bitcoin fitting the bill, said Grayscale. Furthermore, it noted that daily active addresses are at their highest level since 2017โ€™s all-time highs. Data from on-chain analytics firm Glassnode confirms this finding:

Bitcoin active addresses have risen this year. Image: Glassnode.

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Grayscale said the increasing dependence of the US economy on quantitative easing to stay afloat showed โ€œitโ€™s an addiction difficult to quit.โ€

Interestingly, Bitcoin is not the only market to have surged this year, the S&P index, commodities, metals, and just about any asset on global markets dropped sharply in mid-March and gained strength in the months after โ€” the so-called โ€œV-shapedโ€ recovery.

A “V-shaped” recovery in the S&P. Image: BTCUSD Chart on TradingView

But investors are wary of that, noted Grayscale. It said that clients viewed the โ€œunprecedented monetary and fiscal stimulusโ€ as a negative and were looking at โ€œalternative assetsโ€ like Bitcoin and gold to hedge their holdings.

Large corporations share that sentiment as well. Earlier this month, enterprise software firm MicroStrategy, a public-listed company, announced it invested over $250 million in Bitcoin to protect against a grim economic outlook. The firm also said it considered Bitcoin a โ€œnew age form of money.โ€

Meanwhile, Grayscale assessed Bitcoinโ€™s attributes against cash, gold, and financial assets to determine the marketโ€™s potential. It even quoted Paul Tudor Jones โ€” the hedge fund legend who also turned to Bitcoin to hedge investments this year โ€” in its report:

โ€œBitcoin had an overall score of nearly 60% of that of financial but has a market cap that is 1/1200th of that. It scored 66% of gold as a store of value, but has a market cap that is 1/60th of goldโ€™s outstanding value.โ€

For an outsider, it seems like Bitcoinโ€™s time as a money alternative has finally arrived. But investors must caution against any frenzied investments โ€” just about everything has pumped this year, after all.