Bitcoin is potentially in a period of consolidation at the end of a large bubble cycle. Movement will seem sideways and down until indicators signal the next wave of adoption. Sentiment will remain low. Recovery will be slow for the next 7 - 15 weeks. Bitcoin obituaries are surging and general sentiment is very low.
A breakout through local resistance at 10k can happen as soon as mid July but may take until October. Significant price discovery is being established at the bottom of a new long-term trading range and may confirm the bottom of a new channel that should last through the next halving event, in 2020.
The US government seems to have greenlit development of trading desks and financial tools at major.
Crackdowns on ICOs and altcoin speculation are just beginning to kibosh unchecked growth in alt markets. Bitcoin's market domination will likely be confirmed after G20 nations implement effective regulations against rampant gambling and illegal financial tools.
Large leveraged positions against the altcoin markets still aren't available to most traders who operate in compliance with local laws, but they will probably be made available over the next 1 - 2 years.
A : Medium-term consolidation
Resistance to growth remains through June, part of July, and possibly into August. and moderate performance is accompanied by nearly unprecedented price stability. Two heavy resistance lines are broken before sentiment can return.
B : New ATH sometime between September 2018 and June 2019
Heavy resistance is broken--drawn from the 2014 ATH and the January 2018 breakdown from our local ATH—and moderate sentiment keeps bitcoin in a consolidation phase under the previous ATH for many months. A new wave of adoption from new markets is eventually identified. Full capitulation from alt market speculation exposes frivolous and or fraudulent Crypto assets and securities. Government crackdowns and arrests begin to pile up in altmarket ICOs. Public outcry against abuse and fraud triggers international concern. Capital escapes from small alts to the top 5 - 10. There are less than 20 Cryptos with a market cap over 500 million USD.
C :The ascending drawn from the 2013 ATH is difficult to break.
We bounce off an ascending and establish a new ATH between September 2018 and July 2019. The bottom of the channel is retested near the current ATH . Capital flight into Bitcoin from alts will eventually pushes bitcoin through the resulting .
Bitcoin's user base rapidly grows. It’s fueled by speculation that institutional adoption and an are on the way. Speculation attracts a new wave of users who are disenchanted with traditional investments. Bitcoin's young male demographic starts to diversify and enter new markets internationally.
Segwit and Lightning adoption demonstrate 1000x increase in possible transaction support while significantly decreasing transaction fees. LocalBitcoin processes 15 to 30 million USD in transactions daily. Press praises Bitcoin as a tool ready or nearly ready for “Main Street.” A use case for Lightning in retail businesses is implemented in some markets.
D : Bounce off the top of the new long-term channel by October 2019
Speculative fever ignites again and Bitcoin hits the top of a new, yet to be formed, long-term channel for the first time since December 2017. Our new ATH is somewhere between 50k and 160k USD/BTC. The correction to the bottom of the channel triggers a fresh wave of obituaries.
Hitting the top of the channel signals a long-term bear market and moves the price into a comparatively moderate range, well under 100K USD. Bouncing off the top of the channel completes before speculation about the halving takes hold of sentiment in early 2020.
By the end of 2019, 1 million USD price targets are commonly issued from established financial institutions in the United States.
Longs are at historically moderate levels while Shorts are climbing. When shorts start closing, I think this will pop to the upside.