With external factors such as market sentiment and interest rates influencing how cryptocurrencies’ trajectories evolve, more is needed than price predictions and a basic understanding of the area to make better-informed decisions.
Bull runs have always been long-debated, with camps being split into two categories. Some attest that bull runs are inevitable, always following bear markets. On the other hand, other investors are put off by remarkable price declines, shifting their focus towards other alternatives when cryptocurrency values drop. While the market was marked by falling prices last year and saw investors rush to get rid of their crypto holdings, the same can’t be said about the current times.
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum got off to a strong start in 2023, and many are struggling to re-break psychological marks already reached since the beginning of the year.
Experts consider the last year to be the worst bear market so far. While it may be difficult to believe that the next bull run will be the most explosive one so far, considering the market’s poor performance last year, some signs and upcoming events may prove the opposite.
Many experts believe the anticipated bull run will surpass the ones witnessed throughout history. Bitcoin halvings are generally connected to bull runs, while the launch of Ethereum 2.0 is poised to have a transformative impact on the market. Here’s what one should anticipate and the insights underpinning this brave prediction.
Generally, Bitcoin halvings have a history of preceding bull runs. They happened a year before remarkable bull markets emerged and tended to display different trends, with certain sectors overtaking others. So far, all three Bitcoin halvings, namely those in 2020, 2016, and 2012 have preceded bear markets in the following years, namely 2013, 2017, and 2021. If the pattern continues, we could expect another growth market by the end of 2024 and well into 2025, pushing investors and traders to accumulate cryptocurrencies and take a different approach than the one that’s been reticent and negative towards the cryptocurrency market. This increase may bring the cryptocurrencies’ values to staggering heights, improving market sentiment and rewarding those who have bought the dip in hopes of a market recovery.
Bear markets don’t emerge out of the blue, and it’s impossible to predict with complete accuracy whether they will retake place or when they may happen. Generally, they are a consequence of the fact that Bitcoin rewards are cut in half, which limits the selling pressure from miners and leads to supply scarcity. This may boost demand if investors think the minimized supply will bring prices up in the future. Additionally, halving events create a lot of buzz and are embraced by plenty of media coverage, which boosts the audience’s interest in digital currencies.
Are halvings vital for bull runs?
While past bull markets are historically associated with the three Bitcoin halvings that have occurred so far, which have played a critical role in triggering significant price surges, these phenomena aren’t imperative for bullish momentum. The four-year cycle theory may be widely recognized as a catalyst for bull runs. Still, it’s critical to understand that more external factors regarding the market’s progress are coming into play.
The market is nowadays abounding with different tokens and coins, each with distinctive features, use cases, and cycles that work regardless of how Bitcoin is doing. Such wide variety has paved the way for profits and growth beyond the leading coin and its four-year cycles, with different subcategories like NFTs and DeFi yield farming.
Some cryptocurrencies may explode at the same time that others stagnate, so a bull run isn’t guaranteed to cover every asset. For instance, the meme coin Pepe has witnessed impressive, bullish momentum while most other cryptocurrencies stood still. This example outlines how market dynamics move, enabling different projects to evolve independently of Bitcoin’s evolution.
Therefore, it’s essential to stay up-to-date with changing regulatory landscapes, media coverage, investor sentiment, and other elements that impact how price trajectories are moving, as well as monitor the market and take advantage of the tools the DeFi world provides for better decision-making.
While Ethereum 2.0 was projected to debut sometime now, the final technicalities are yet to be completed, postponing its launch to a later date expected in 2024 or by the end of 2023 in the best-case scenario. After sharding, Ethereum is expected to improve energy efficiency, security, and scalability significantly. Its roadmap includes adjustments and changes that will transform and make the network better performing and more accessible. On the contrary, despite all the enhancements, it is not anticipated that the transition will address the network’s high gas fees right away. Some upgrades’ effects are seen after a while, taking time to show results.
Analysts and pundits believe Ethereum 2.0 may kickstart a bull run and boost the coin’s appeal as the existent supply will be cut, and it will adopt a “net-deflationary” nature. The debut of Ethereum 2.0 may attract the attention of more investors and traders, including financial institutions and large Ethereum holders (whales). Large amounts may be accumulated in the pre-launch period, boosting demand and fueling prices.
The upcoming network improvements will likely draw in more users, developers, and investors, positively impacting the coin’s performance and the whole crypto market. Predictions are that Ethereum 2.0 may fuel a bull run similar to Bitcoin’s halving and that the two poster coins will pave the way for what’s expected to be the most remarkable bull runs in history.
Ethereum 2.0 represents a highly anticipated and transformative network upgrade aimed at solving long-standing scalability challenges while sending Ethereum into a new era of growth. Bitcoin’s halvings, on the other hand, have to date been linked to bull markets, validating the principles of the four-year cycle theory.
The two top-performing cryptocurrencies are set to undergo significant transformations that may potentially enhance the overall market’s dynamics, so keep an eye on the trends to better understand their performance.