Start the conversation
Last weekend, the price of Bitcoin jumped nearly 5%, breaking through the $5,050 barrier for the first time in months. And that could be the breakout it needs to start another rally.
Bitcoin investors are seeing tall gains again, nearly $200 in just a few days.
What's behind the new surge could determine whether it's a fluke or a full-on Bitcoin bull market. We think it's the latter.
Since April 1, Bitcoin has jumped over 20% – a remarkable run for a coin that's dropped as much as 517% since its December 2017 peak of $19,650.
The Bitcoin price hovered in the $3,000-range for a good three months to start 2019, but now, it's headed skyward.
Here's what's driving the sudden Bitcoin resurgence… and a catalyst on the horizon that could turn the whole market bullish on Bitcoin.
The Price of Bitcoin Is Surging for all the Right Reasons
Last week's jump was one of several made by Bitcoin in April.
On April 2, Bitcoin broke $5,000 for the first time since November 2018, putting it on track for its largest one-day gain in over a year. The cryptocurrency ended up gaining as much as 24%.
There appears to be at least one clear factor driving the price of Bitcoin to recent highs.
In early April, trading on the BitMEX, a global Bitcoin derivatives exchange, spiked to tremendous levels, accounting for 15% of all global Bitcoin trading at one point.
The rapid trading on BitMEX created a discrepancy between the Bitcoin price listed on different exchanges – BitMEX's Bitcoin market price was higher than on rival exchanges.
This discrepancy resulted in other exchanges pushing the price of Bitcoin up to match BitMEX and eliminated any major price disparities the BitMEX exchange was causing.
At the same time, over $500 million was funneled into Bitcoin short positions as some investors bet the cryptocurrency's price would fall once again.
Another theory for Bitcoin's April price jump was that a large Bitcoin investor noticed the increase in short positions and decided to smoke out the short sellers with a massive investment.
In a recent interview with Decrypt, George McDonaugh, the founder and CEO of KR1, a blockchain investment firm, suggested that the large position of short sellers could be responsible for the coin's recent run-up.
"There's always a myriad of possible reasons why Bitcoin has had a surge in price," he said.
"The fact that there was $415 million worth in short positions on the Bitmex exchange may have been too succulent a target for the market not to move against."
No matter the reason, it's clear Bitcoin has been on a run over the last month.
And it isn't the only cryptocurrency to run up in that time, either.
Ethereum, the world's second largest cryptocurrency by market cap, has jumped over 16% in the wake of Bitcoin's surge.
And Litecoin, a Bitcoin competitor, managed a 30% over the same time period.
However, Bitcoin could climb up to 2,000% in the near future due to one huge catalyst on the horizon…