Crypto Price Prediction: Bitcoin Could Hit $100,000 Before The End Of 2021—But Lacks Ethereum ‘Intensity’

Crypto Price Prediction: Bitcoin Could Hit $100,000 Before The End Of 2021—But Lacks Ethereum ‘Intensity’

Bitcoin, after storming through much of October, has somewhat come off the boil with the bitcoin price falling back from highs of around $67,000.

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The bitcoin price has doubled since its summer lows, while ethereum, the second-largest cryptocurrency after bitcoin, has added around 140%—hitting an all-time high last week.

Despite the huge gains made by bitcoin and ethereum already this year, many investors expect prices to continue to climb, with one crypto executive predicting the bitcoin price will hit $100,000 before the end of 2021.

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"Most of the folks at CoinList will bet that we’re at $100,000 by the end of the year," CoinList chief executive Graham Jenkin told CNBC. "It’s getting pretty tight so I’m not sure that we're going to make it there, but that’s what we’re predicting toward the start of the year."

The bitcoin price rocketed into 2021, soaring to around $65,000 per bitcoin before crashing back to $30,000 in July. Since then, bitcoin has roared back, topping $67,000 in October thanks to hype surrounding long-awaited bitcoin acceptance on Wall Street and growing believe the original cryptocurrency could replace gold as a digital store of value and inflation hedge.

"We are dealing with a bullish consolidation before another assault on bitcoin, which promises to make the year-end an extravaganza for the first cryptocurrency with a run to new all-time highs," Alex Kuptsikevch, senior financial analyst at FxPro, said in emailed comments, giving bitcoin a price target of "just above $90K, where [bitcoin] could be this month."

Alongside bitcoin's rally, ethereum has also charged higher, surging amid widespread adoption of ethereum-based decentralized finance (DeFi) and the on-going craze for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). DeFi—the idea that much of traditional finance can be recreated on the blockchain without the need for banks—and NFTs—a way to tokenize digital media and assets on the blockchain—have found a huge new markets over the last year as people flock to digital assets.

Ethereum's growing list of use-cases, combined with a hotly-anticipated upgrade that is reducing supply and that developers hope will improve efficiency and scalability, has sparked predictions it will continue to outperform bitcoin. The etheruem price has added 1,000% since this time last year, compared to bitcoin's 4,00% rally.

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"[Bitcoin] just doesn’t have the network intensity that ethereum does," former Goldman Sachs executive, crypto investor and founder of digital media company Real Vision, Raoul Pal, told his subscribers on YouTube. "Bitcoin has nothing like that going on."

Pal revealed he's "probably 85%" invested in ethereum, pointing to ethereum's "restricted supply" thanks to its transition to ethereum 2.0, and "about $100 billion locked up in DeFi, NFTs and all of that."

"Ether has seen a contraction in supply since last week, which plays in favour of the upside, especially attracting the attention of investors concerned about the abundant supply of money in the developed world and the huge debt load," added Kuptsikevch.

Last month, a panel of 50 bitcoin, ethereum and cryptocurrency experts predicted the ethereum price could top $5,000 per ether before the end of 2021—and rocket to over $50,000 by 2030.

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