It has been quite a year for Bitcoin, both in terms of price action and adoption. After recording its biggest daily price drop to $3,600 in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cryptocurrency is now trading less than 25% from the all-time high of 2017.
Analysts are bullish and believe that bitcoin is poised for even bigger moves, and the digital asset could reach higher highs if the current bullish trend continues.
Bitcoin At $1 Trillion Market Cap
Interestingly, Bloomberg’s senior strategist Mike McGlone believes that a bitcoin market cap of $1 trillion is possible if the crypto asset reclaims the $20,000 ATH price level.
With the asset currently trading above $16,500 after a drop to $15,800 over the weekend, Bitcoin’s market valuation is now more than $304 billion. According to McGlone, the $20,000 price level is the primary hurdle preventing the asset from achieving a $1 trillion market cap.
The Bloomberg analyst thinks the largest cryptocurrency is “in an early price-discovery stage and may simply continue its ascent in 2021.”
He describes Bitcoin as the “digital version of gold but with a more limited supply and a history of adding zeros.”
Mainstream Adoption Is Rising
McGlone also notes that the “mainstream adoption is rising” for Bitcoin and that perhaps would provide the significant boost the cryptocurrency needs to break the $20,000 price hurdle.
Bitcoin saw its highest adoption rate this year in its 11-year history. From publicly traded companies like MicroStrategy and Square adopting it as a primary reserve asset to PayPal integrating it into its payment network, all of which have helped positioned Bitcoin in its current bullish trend.
Bitcoin At $318K By December 2021
While McGlone believes the current bull run may continue into the next year, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Managing Director at multinational banking giant Citibank, predicts that the trend could take bitcoin to a price of $318,000 by the end of 2021.
Fitzpatrick gave the bullish prediction after analyzing Bitcoin’s historical price performances. According to him, the current bull market started in December 2018, and BTC could reach groundbreaking price territories if the trend continues.
Like many others, Fitzpatrick believes Bitcoin is the new gold. He said that the crypto asset’s limited supply and digital forms are two of its most distinctive features.