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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 21 May 2018

Bitcoin headed lower to $900, analyst says

The cryptocurrency could plunge a further 90 per cent in an environment of unsustainably growing supply

Bitcoin may have a lot further to fall, expert says. Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg
Bitcoin may have a lot further to fall, expert says. Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Bitcoin is heading lower - much lower - if the go-go years of the dot-com bubble are any indication.

Already slashed by more than half since hitting a record near $20,000 in December, the cryptocurrency could plunge a further 90 per cent in an environment of unsustainably growing supply, according to Bloomberg Intelligence commodity strategist Mike McGlone.

Using Amazon and the Nasdaq Composite Index’s spectacular rise and retreat at the turn of the millennium as a proxy, he said the currency could plunge to $900.

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“I spend a lot of time reading about this, and the more research I do, the more bearish I get,” Mr McGlone said. “It’s very similar to these internet companies we saw in the late nineties.”

While the creators of bitcoin intended to limit supply to 21 million coins, forks mean that there are already more than 50 million outstanding coins based on the original blockchain. There is also nothing preventing rivals from spawning an infinite amount of clones, he said. The number of tradable cryptocurrencies jumped 120 per cent in the past year.

“Parabolically increasing supply is the primary limitation to cryptocurrency market-price appreciation,” Mr McGlone said. “There’s strong gravitational pull toward $900, the average price since inception and the start of 2017.”