That’s how much one bitcoin (BTC) trades for as I (Chris Lowe) type.
That’s $3,039 more than its previous all-time high, set in December 2017.
Bitcoin is now up 221% for the year.
So if you’re one of our readers who took our advice and bought some bitcoin, congratulations.
And if you still haven’t picked up even some small exposure to this rally, as you’ll see today, it’s not too late.
We’re still in the early innings of a rally that could take bitcoin to $60,000… and beyond.
Colleague Teeka Tiwari first added bitcoin to the model portfolios at our Palm Beach Letter and Palm Beach Confidential advisories in April 2016.
At the time, one bitcoin traded for just $428.
Bitcoin is up 5,304% since Teeka’s initial recommendation. That’s enough to turn a $10,000 investment into more than half a million dollars.
Teeka isn’t the only Legacy analyst who’s bullish on bitcoin.
In November 2017, Jeff Brown recommended bitcoin to paid-up readers of our flagship tech-investing advisory, The Near Future Report.
And in June 2018, Nick Giambruno recommended bitcoin over at The Casey Report and Crisis Investing.
Based on their research, I’ve urged you to buy bitcoin 93 times since we created The Daily Cut in August 2018 as a premium e-letter for all paid-up Legacy Research subscribers.
With so much bullish sentiment on the crypto right now… it’s easy to forget how hated it was only nine months ago.
On March 16, bitcoin hit a 2020 low of $4,944.70, according to figures from CoinDesk. As recently as February 19, bitcoin was trading at more than $10,000.
That’s a drop of more than 50% in less than one month.
But Teeka didn’t lose the faith…
On March 10, he forecast in these pages that we were “on the doorstep of another crypto boom.”
I hope you acted on this advice. Since its low for the year, bitcoin is up 463%.
And here’s the crucial thing to understand: We’re still at the beginning of a rally that will take bitcoin way higher.
It’s one of the themes he touched on in the December issue of The Palm Beach Letter. (Palm Beach Letter folks can catch up in full here.) Teeka…
History suggests we’re now at a critical juncture for bitcoin, other cryptos, and the blockchain technology that underpins them.
Essentially, we’re now moving from the early-adopter phase to the mass-adoption phase.
Remember, with breakthrough technologies, mass adoption is the biggest driver of prices.
That’s why I’m telling you there’s still plenty of upside ahead.
Today, just 15% of American adults own some form of crypto. The other 85% own no crypto. So there’s still a lot of market share left for the taking…
The S-curve tracks how long it takes for folks to embrace a breakthrough technology. Think microwaves, cell phones, the internet… or bitcoin.
Take a look at this chart Teeka showed his readers. It’s by way of crypto investment fund Off the Chain Capital.
The vertical axis represents the bitcoin adoption rate – how many people own some bitcoin, in other words. The horizontal axis represents time.
What you see is that the time it takes for 10% of the population to embrace a new technology is roughly the same as it takes to go from 10% adoption to 90% adoption. Teeka again…
If cryptos and the blockchain technology they’re built on follow the same S-curve pattern, and I believe they will, we could see an exponential increase in adoption rates over the next decade. That means the gains we’ve seen thus far in crypto are only the beginning.
Past trends suggest the biggest gains are typically made right after the early-adopter phase ends… which is exactly where we are today.
Cryptos such as bitcoin are limited in supply. So you can imagine what will happen when the number of buyers explodes higher.
It’s Economics 101. When demand outstrips new supply, prices go up. If demand outstrips supply by a lot… prices go up a lot.
It’s been the year that big-money investors have warmed to bitcoin.
This has been a huge theme for Teeka all year. He said 2020 would be the year Wall Street greed propelled professional money managers to get on board with bitcoin.
Here are just a few examples he shared with our Palm Beach Research Group readers…
Several prominent hedge fund managers, including Paul Tudor Jones and Stanley Druckenmiller, have now invested in bitcoin.
Collectively, 15 publicly traded companies have put more than $1.2 billion in bitcoin on their balance sheets.
Grayscale, a leader in crypto asset management, raised more than six times as much money in the first three quarters of 2020 than it did in all of 2019.
A Fidelity report recently recommended allocating 5% of portfolios to bitcoin. And the firm has begun providing bitcoin custody for financial advisory firms.
That’s on just the institutional side. Consumers are also gaining easier access to bitcoin.
As we covered here, online payments processor PayPal (PYPL) will allow its 346 million users to buy, hold, and sell crypto. The company will add crypto to its PayPal and Venmo apps next year.
PayPal joins rival payments processor Square (SQ) in allowing its users to access crypto. Square added bitcoin to its Cash App in 2018.
Even Visa (V) is getting in on the act. This year, we saw announcements of a bunch of bitcoin-related credit and debit cards that will work with Visa.
Coinbase, the largest U.S. crypto exchange, will offer a Visa credit card that allows folks to spend crypto in their Coinbase accounts.
And BlockFi, another crypto exchange, will offer a Visa card that gives 1.5% cash back in bitcoin on purchases.
Visa isn’t shy about touting the benefits of crypto for its customers. This is from a blog post on the Visa website from July…
We believe that digital currencies have the potential to extend the value of digital payments to a greater number of people and places. As such, we want to help shape and support the role they play in the future of money.
With all this going on, it’s easy to see why Teeka is so excited about bitcoin and other crypto assets in 2021.
If adoption drives prices… and the biggest mainstream payments networks are getting on board… along with the great and the good of Wall Street… next year promises to be a stellar one for bitcoin holders.
If you bought bitcoin on the recommendations from Teeka, Jeff, or Nick… congratulations.
It’s one thing to subscribe to a newsletter. It’s another to act on the recommendations it makes in its model portfolio.
If you’re still on the sidelines, you’ve missed out on some big returns. But don’t despair. As the S-curve chart shows, we’re still in the early days of crypto adoption. And the rally in bitcoin is still in its early innings.
In October, Teeka predicted in these pages that mass adoption will take bitcoin to $60,000 sooner than most folks think.
And that’s not the end point. Brian Estes, an analyst for Off the Chain Capital, the crypto fund who put that S-chart together, says it could hit $100,000 by the end of next year.
Tom Fitzpatrick, an analyst at Citibank, has a price target of $318,000 for this time next year.
And Scott Minerd, the chief investment officer for Guggenheim Investments, says his fundamental analysis values bitcoin at $400,000.
So if you haven’t acted on our long-running campaign to spur you into action… now is the time to buy before prices go into the stratosphere.
Just remember to limit your investment to a reasonable amount. Bitcoin is still highly speculative. So it has roller-coaster-like volatility.
Teeka recommends an initial stake of $200 to $400 for smaller investors and $500 to $1,000 for larger investors.
You can find out how to make your first investment in bitcoin in our complimentary special report.
December 17, 2020