The expectations of a Bitcoin bull run in the year 2024 continue to drive investment decisions across the space. A number of reasons have been given for the expected bull run, including the approval of Spot Bitcoin ETFs for trading as well as the upcoming BTC halving event. One analyst has echoed the latter, elaborating on why the halving will bring about a bull market.
The Bitcoin Halving Event Will Send Market Higher
Crypto analyst James van Straten took to X (formerly Twitter) to explain why the Bitcoin halving event is bullish for price. Now, the halving is an event that is programmed to take place approximately every four years, cutting the block rewards in half each time it happens.
This means that the number of BTC that miners are awarded for mining a block is immediately slashed by 50%, thereby drastically reducing the number of new coins coming into circulation. Currently, the block reward is at 6.25 BTC and the next halving will slash it to 3.125.
Straten points to this reduction, using the monthly issuance as the case study. He explains that over the past month, there have been a total of 61,000 BTC accumulated by miners and exchanges. However, after the halving, the monthly issuance is expected to drop to 13,500 BTC and it is this drop that is most significant.
Past 30 days of all cohorts, miners and exchanges included have accumulated 61,000 #Bitcoin.
When monthly issuance gets cut in half in April to 13,500 #Bitcoin.
If demand stays the same, it outpaces issuance by a factor of 4.
— James Van Straten (@jvs_btc) February 6, 2024
As Straten points out, if the demand were to stay elevated at the same levels when the halving takes place, it would see demand exceed supply by a factor of four. This will cause a shift in the market, which will have to “find an equilibrium most likely higher.” In other words, prices would have to go up to keep up with the demand.
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Targets For BTC Price In 2024
Another bullish factor for the Bitcoin price is that the halving year coincides with the United States presidential elections. As Markus Thielen, Head of Research at Matrixport, pointed out in an analysis, this coincidence has always been bullish for the price.
The report points back to the previous halving and election years, which show the price of Bitcoin ending on a high note. The last three halving years have seen BTC rise 152% in 2012, 121% in 2016, and 302% in 2020, showing a consistent trend.
With the year 2024 being another halving and election year, the research analyst expects that the price of Bitcoin will finish out the year at $70,000. This would mean another 65% rally from the current price levels, and if the trends hold, the start of another bull market.
“Supported by the macro environment, monetary tailwinds, the US election cycle, and gradually increasing demand from TradeFi investors allocating to Bitcoin ETFs, a Bitcoin rally to 70,000 appears plausible,” Thielen said.
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