After reaching new all-time highs it's customary for Bitcoin (BTC) price to see a bit of cooling off in the form of profit-taking, consolidation and uncertainty from traders who are cautious about opening new positions at record highs. This appears to be exactly what is occurring this week as Bitcoin price struggles to hold the $60,000 level as support.
Generally, most analysts still retain a bullish macro view of Bitcoin's price trajectory, to the extent that PlanB, Willy Woo and others claim that the second-half of the bull market was certified by the price hitting $67,000 last week.
Here’s what analysts have to say about what may come next for the price of Bitcoin, along with some insights into the greater market dynamics that are currently at play.
Bitcoin ETFs have “completely changed the structure of the market”
A lot of the hype surrounding Bitcoin (BTC) price over the past couple of weeks has revolved around the launch of a BTC exchange-traded fund (ETF). For years, analysts have said that the instrument's approval would enable a new level of access for institutional investors and officially cement Bitcoin's "mainstream" status.
Now that two futures-based BTC ETFs have launched, many firms have rushed to propose new ETFs, including a leveraged ETF filing from Valkyrie and an inverse Bitcoin ETF from Direxion that would allow speculators to short the price of BTC.
The arrival of these ETF options has “completely changed the structure of the market,” according to Ben Lilly, market analyst and co-founder of Jarvis Labs, "as there is now tertiary derivatives in crypto via spot access, CME futures, futures-based ETFs and options on ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF (BITO)."
“This will create a lot of arbitrage opportunities in the market as already exists with the CME spread. This spread will compress in time as more desks allocate capital to Bitcoin strategies. And in effect, volatility is sure to compress moving forward since any swings will see more capital executed as part of various strategies.”
According to Lilly, the main takeaway from the launch of BTC ETFs, is that “more capital will be flowing into various forms of Bitcoin exposure.” He also noted that “this process takes time” and that “spreads can persist until this new equilibrium is found.”
Analysts expect an intense fight between bulls and bears
One issue that has not received much attention amid the rollout of Bitcoin ETFs is the method by which these products determine how the price of BTC will affect the actual spot price of BTC, as well as the spread.
According to David Lifchitz, managing partner and chief investment officer at ExoAlpha, the “premiums and discounts over fair value” that apply to these products will likely lead to larger spreads between the specific Bitcoin ETF and the underlying spot price “as these other contracts also have a premium/discount, which tends to be the wider the farther the contract expiration.”
“Add to that the cost of continuously rolling out the futures from one month to another, which will also weigh on the value of the ETF vs. spot over time, and you end up with a total crapshoot that will not track closely the BTC spot price but just correlates to it!”
As far as BTC price action goes, Lifchitz pointed to the firm rejection at the $63,000 resistance level and noted that “the fight here is intense between bulls and bears.”
“However, the previous attempts from the bears to take down BTC have been mild, taking it down to just $58,000 before the bulls charged again... so we keep our potential downside targets around $58,000 and $53,000 in the short term, and looking for the $63,000 resistance to become support for the next leg up.”
Some expect a pullback to the low $50,000 range
Similar sentiments were expressed by independent market analyst Ryan Cantering Clark, who posted the following tweet outlining why he is “out of BTC completely for now.”
In a follow-up tweet, Clark highlighted lower level support zones to keep an eye on and where a good entry might present itself.
“If $58,000 does not hold, we likely revisit the low $50,000s. So I will either get involved there, or get involved higher. If leverage can be purged from the system without the above conditions, great. Right now that is my main concern.”
The overall cryptocurrency market cap now stands at $2.452 trillion and Bitcoin’s dominance rate is 44.9%.
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