Oh how I wish we were seeing the kind of Bitcoin price action that we saw back in December of 2017! Alas, it can't always be a bull market. However, while reading this post, remember that when looking at investments it is LONG-TERM performance that counts! Everything else is just "noise".
Let's fall into the trap of getting lost in some of that noise - just for the hell of it, and thereafter we'll zoom out and see how the long-term market looks.
All is well
Everything is still going according to plan (almost uncannily so), even if the trend is negative. Counter-intuitively, this is a positive sign: a predictable market is more stable and easier to analyse accurately, it has less chance of giving (good) analysts a shock.
The current market has been incredibly predictable. My post of 27 November (uncreatively titled "Bitcoin – 27 November (Don’t Panic)") shows exactly how predictable that market is, and how I am still calling the market today based on analysis that is now five months old. I strongly recommend reading that post as background to this one, it gives a much better indication of the age and accuracy of these predictions, as well as an explanation of what they are based on.
The yellow price prediction line seen in the post mentioned above is still in play. Remember: it is a rough indication of expected price movement - a "best guess" scenario and should only be taken as such.
The fact that it is still doing a good job 29 days after its creation is a positive sign. With BTC price sitting where it is right now, we can see that the prediction line is sitting about $500 below it. Again, don't read too much into that, but - it is likely that price may drop another $500 or so before reaching the turnaround level.
The descending channel (you DID read that post I recommended earlier, didn't you?) is still the dominant local price-governing pattern.
You can see my faint Fib-levels within the structure of the channel, levels which determine short-term price jumps, but which will ultimately become inconsequential in the long-term. Like other savvy investors, I have been making use of these levels to stack sats when BTC dips to the lowest levels, it helps a little with ROI in the long-term.
Looking at 2019 in isolation, it is noteworthy that despite not being a great year, BTC is up 91.69% from its start-of-year price ($3691.87 on Coinbase at 00:00 GMT on 1 January; measured to time of writing). Annual performance is a trivial and arbitrary figure, but the more traditional financial markets are fascinated by such numbers, so why not ask them how many of their assets can match that figure?
Far more importantly on this chart, we see the triple convergence point of three support lines: medium-term, semi-long-term and long-term. We are just passing the end of that convergence point right now!
An explanation of this convergence point can once again be found in the previous post, though we will cover it briefly on the next chart. The significance of passing this point is that BTC price movement should now turn positive.
Hark. Bit Brain has spoken.
"Turning positive" implies that BTC price will start to move towards the top of the six-month-old descending channel and eventually break through it. For what it's worth, my charts place that breakout date in the second week of March 2020. Consider that date to be highly flexible, though it shouldn't happen much later than that.
As I said above, this chart gives an idea of where the other two converging lines originate from (the third line of the convergence point being the base of the descending channel). This is why BTC is now crossing a triple-support threshold.
The "Long-term base trendline" is the most important of the three lines by a country mile. It is the only line that will carry and meaningful significance into 2020.
It is critical that BTC does not execute a definitive break through this trendline. At five years old, it has been Bitcoin's reliable support level for half of BTC's life, a situation which I deem unlikely to change soon. A small break below it (such as that of late 2015) is fine, but a big break would mean that all bets are off and that I need to go back to the analysis drawing board.
It is worth nothing that long-term BTC trends may curve slightly downwards as opposed to being straight like this trendline is. But beware of taking the majority of curved-line posts too seriously! I'm sure you've all seen the popular "stock-to-flow" charts circulating around; it's a pity they are just very broad and largely useless "predictions" - much like a TA version of "psychic" readings or astrology. Perhaps I'll write a post to debunk them sometime, or perhaps you can just read these two posts and figure the problem out for yourself: (in addition to the problem of the ridiculously wide channels they use - which still get breached.)
In fact, ENSURE you read those posts, since the economics behind halvings is still ridiculously misunderstood in the crypto space.
Passing the convergence zone today finally puts us back on the path towards higher prices. The mini bull run of May/June did us no favours - prematurely pushing the price of BTC high above the base trendline and causing it to fall for the remainder of the year. That fall should now finally come to an end, though is has already caused further damage (after that caused in 2018) to the altcoin market and its credibility.
I see this as a great time to buy: we are at the (probable) end of a descending channel, near the bottom of that channel and about to hit firm support and an upwards trend. The altcoin market lies in tatters, meaning that many literally unbeatable deals await the brave investor. Having spent a little money on large-cap alts recently, I think that I may be ready to chance a little on smaller cap coins now. The opportunity to buy into genuinely good crypto projects with a total market cap of $1 mil or less is too good to pass up on!
If anyone is going away soon and won't be reading my blog for a while: I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Please travel safely and don't do anything silly like drinking and driving. I did some of that in my younger days and it is nothing to be proud of - it's just incredibly stupid and selfish. Be better than I was.
May Santa bring all of you big bags of cryptocurrencies!
Yours in crypto
All charts made by Bit Brain with TradingView
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