I see people posting charts showing BTC
following a horizontal parabolic trend (the curved green line) where the price of Bitcoin
reaches a stable valuation several years in the future. I present here an alternate view showing a general growth trend (purple channel) that extends back to the beginning of BTC
and represents 150% growth year-after-year on average. There are moments of exuberance/hype (green channel) where the price skyrockets only to be followed by a crash that brings us back into the channel or below it (red channel). I've based this general growth channel on the steady 2-year growth from early 2015 to mid 2017. Now we are back in the channel, although note that we are on the high side of it. I couldn't tell you whether we go up, down or sideways from here but I think it's important to have an idea of the general growth trend of BTC
while we are still in an early adoption period. What happens next depends on whether BTC
actually has technical utility such that it reaches widespread adoption and whether investors see it as a store of value, has growth prospects or is just a pipe dream. From my perspective, I see a lot of talented and enthusiastic people putting their time and money on the line to develop the cryptocurrency infrastructure and drive the success and adoption of the world's most significant digital currencies. I include Ethereum
and other important altcoins in this mix. There are sure to be more attempts at government regulation as well as more interest from institutional investors and retail trading operations. There are pros and cons of both probabilities. Personally, I'm excited about what is on the horizon and I'm excited to be a part of it.