January Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, IOTA, Litecoin, NEM, Cardano

The values of Bitcoin, Ripple, and other cryptocurrencies have been crashing lately, but one analyst is predicting a huge rise ahead for Bitcoin—with a forecast for it to reach as high as $100,000 in 2018.

“Investors appear to be taking a breather from bitcoin for now and looking at alternative cryptocurrencies,” technology correspondent Arjun Kharpal said in a CNBC story.

Bitcoin BTC/USD

#NamePrice
1
bitcoin
Bitcoin(BTC)
$8,305.02
2
ethereum
Ethereum(ETH)
$183.57
4
bitcoin-cash
Bitcoin Cash(BCH)
$223.86
3
ripple
XRP(XRP)
$0.290
6
litecoin
Litecoin(LTC)
$54.88

Bitcoin headed to $100,000 in 2018, says analyst who predicted last year’s price rise. Bitcoin could hit $100,000 in 2018, an analyst who correctly predicted the cryptocurrency’s rally at the start of last year told CNBC. Kay Van-Petersen, an analyst at Saxo Bank, said in December 2016 that bitcoin would reach $2,000 in 2017, a feat achieved in May. Van-Petersen now says bitcoin will be driven by a larger uptake of institutional investors and futures contracts.

There are individuals within the financial world who believe bitcoin will breach the $100,000 mark this year.Kerim Derhalli, CEO of investment app Invstr, said: “Bitcoin is the next logical stage of the information revolution. This time a year ago it was worth under a $1,000. I predict next year [2018] it could hit the $50,000 to $100,000 mark.

“Bitcoin is something that has gone against the established government system and seems to be winning.”

Olga Feldmeier, CEO of Smart Valor, said: “it can easily go to $100,000 by the end of the next year [2018] and possibly even beyond.”

Nick Spanos, founder of Zap.org and the Bitcoin Centre NYC, said: “Bitcoin has a stellar year ahead [2018]. No matter how low bitcoin went in the past, it always climbed back at least a few times stronger.

“Bitcoin is now tested and proven to the market: more importantly, people now separate the Blockchain’s incredible abilities from outside issues, so bitcoin is gaining more solid confidence from users and outsiders as this understanding improves. These perceived downsides are being taken care of, while the upside for bitcoin is virtually limitless.”

Not everyone is so concerned about Bitcoin’s movement. John McAfee, famed for his role in creating the world’s first commercial antivirus software and a noted cryptocurrency follower, has doubled down on his prediction that Bitcoin could reach unparalleled heights in 2018: Jon MacAfee: “For you who are long term investors like myself: (those who allways make the most returns), BITCOIN is still the crypto giant. It is at a low price, and will never be cheaper. It will be ten times this price in 2018. Remember – it has the lowest circulating supply of any coin.

McAfee isn’t alone in his thoughts that Bitcoin’s price could go further, but some believe it’s because the bubble could go higher before catastrophically popping.

“I think we’re going to see bitcoin hitting the $60,000 mark, but I also think we’re going to see bitcoin hitting the $5,000 mark,” Julian Hosp, a cryptocurrency entrepreneur and founder co-founder of crypto firm TenX, told CNBC. “The question is though, ‘Which one is it going to hit first?’”

“The fact that this is our first global mania will make this the single most speculative bubble of our lifetimes,” Mike Novogratz, a billionaire that’s put 30 percent of his worth into cryptocurrency, told Fortune. “It wouldn’t be crazy if the crypto bubble hit $10 trillion, and that’s 20 times more than what it is today.”

However, pointing to evidence that more people want to buy in, Bitcoin expert Spencer Bogart said that he could see the cryptocurrency hitting $50,000 over the coming year. An October poll by Harris showed two percent of Americans own Bitcoin but 19 percent said they are likely to buy over the next five years, representing a tenfold increase in market size.

“I think we’ll have to force price higher,” Bogart said in comments reported by the Daily Express. “If you think about the supply side of that equation, the majority of Bitcoin is again locked down with long terms holders. So there’s not a lot of supply available. And meanwhile, we have this new uptick on the retail side.”

Tom Lee Says BTC Will Hit $25,000 in 2018, Advises ‘Aggressive’ Buying At Market Low. Co-founder and Fundstat strategist Tom Lee predicted that Bitcoin (BTC) will hit $25,000 by the end of this year in an interview with CNBC today, Jan. 18. Lee had previously forecasted that BTC would only reach this mark by 2022. The Wall Street strategist told CNBC today that now by 2022 he sees BTC hitting the $125,000 mark.

Ethereum ETH/USD

Bitcoin will not survive but that does not mean the entire cryptocurrency craze is dead with useful cryptos like Ripple and Ethereum surpassing bitcoin, Benjamin Quinlan, chief executive officer and managing partner at Quinlan and Associates revealed. Speaking to Bloomberg, he said: “We think that various forms of cryptocurrencies will survive and will do very well. “We think that cryptocurrencies with potential applications and utilities such as ethereum or ether, smart contracts can be built on top of it, decentralised applications. “Bitcoin in its current form can’t do that.” “Other cryptocurrecnies have anonymity functions and privacy that far surpasses the level of bitcoin and some have transaction processing times that also surpass bitcoin.” Quinlan compared bitcoin to early social media platforms which were overtaken but newer, more functional sites. He said: “If we look at, and we drew an analogy and I’ve spoken about this before to our clients, it really is if you equate the blockchain technology to something like the internet. “You look at the underlying applications of it, social media is just one application of the internet whereas cryptocurrencies is just one application of the blockchain.

Vitalik Buterin believes that 2017 was “the year where hype in crypto…far exceeded the reality of what existing blockchain systems can offer.” (Source: “Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has left VC firm Fenbushi Capital,” TechCrunch, January 15, 2018.) But, Buterin expects that 2018 “will be the year of action.” All the ideas he and other developers have been working on—such as “scalability, Plasma, proof-of-stake, and privacy”—are going to “turn into real, live working code.” Buterin ended these comments to TechCrunch with a spine-tingling quote: “Everyone in the Ethereum space recognizes that the world is watching, and we are ready to deliver.”

Keep in mind that attempting to offer a short term prediction for the price of Ether is a difficult endeavor. For starters, the price of a single Ether is so volatile that it can lose 25% of its value in one day, only to regain it in the next. The most recent example is, 50 days ago was a bit under $300 and now is $1,200. But there was a lot of volatility in the last few weeks with Ethereum going to as low as $550 and back to $770, and now at $1,200 after it was for short time at $1,300. This volatility, as well as the novelty of this currency – Ethereum was started 2014 – drain technical analysis from any potency it might have in making Ethereum price predictions for 2018. Rendering any forecast suspicious at best. Therefore, all the following predictions take a long-term look at things.

Bitcoin Cash BCH/USD

Ripple XRP/USD

IOTA/USD

Litecoin LTC/USD

NEM XEM/USD

Cardano ADA/BTC

Adam Webb is editor in Smartereum, blockchain and currency news, where he produces updates on Blockchain, Ethereum and other alternative cryptocurrencies.

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