The bitcoin price, which started the year at around $3,500 per bitcoin, soared to well over $10,000 this summer before crashing back to trade around $7,000 amid fears Facebook’s planned cryptocurrency project could cause central banks and regulators to take action against crypto.
Now, with bitcoin traders and investors looking hopefully towards 2020, one former crypto skeptic-turned bitcoin believer has predicted the bitcoin price could hit $100,000 per bitcoin over the next two years before climbing as high as $500,000 by 2030.
“Between now and 2021, we’re likely to see $100,000 bitcoin,” Mark Yusko, the chief executive and chief investment officer at Morgan Creek Capital Management, told business news outlet Business Insider.
“By 2025, we’re likely to see $250,000 bitcoin, and then some time out, 2030, we could see $400,000 or $500,000 bitcoin as it reaches gold equivalence.”
Yusko, who admitted he was previously skeptical of bitcoin and the underlying blockchain technology that it’s built on, pointed to the infancy of the technology as the reason behind his “hyperbullish” prediction.
“It really is about the growth mindset and focusing on the venture capital upside or the asymmetric upside of the asset at this point.”
The growth of the bitcoin network, which has expanded rapidly since bitcoin was created a little over 10 years ago, will help combat wealth inequality, according to Yusko, who oversees some $1.5 billion worth of assets at his U.S.-based hedge fund.
“The government and the elites want to have all the wealth, so they manufacture inflation and the wealth flows to top. And that’s why we have the greatest wealth inequality in the history of mankind. Bitcoin helps solve that because now we can opt-out as an owner of assets from that fiat system.”
“The forces that have held the current fiat system together now look fragile and they could unravel in the 2020s,” Deutsche Bank strategist Jim Reid wrote last week in a report looking at 24 alternative ideas for the next 10 years.
“If so, that will start to lead to a backlash against fiat money and demand for alternative currencies, such as gold or crypto could soar. The demand for alternative currencies will therefore likely be significantly higher by the time 2030 rolls around.”