Bitcoin price edges closer to record highs after a successful Taproot upgrade
BTC has continued to muster market support, with experts suggesting that a year-end price target of AUD$120k may still be on the cards.
- The premier crypto is currently exhibiting weekly gains of over 4%.
- Bitcoin's market dominance index (DI) currently stands at 41.3%.
- VanEck's Bitcoin spot ETF application was recently rejected by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
After having shown visible signs of correction over the past week, Bitcoin, the world's largest cryptocurrency, has resumed on its path of upward ascent, hitting a price point of AUD$90,200 just short of Thursday's record high price of $93,263. At press time, BTC is trading for $87,139.
In terms of the asset's near-term outlook, popular crypto analyst Decentrader noted that Bitcoin's technical indicators suggest that a new all-time high may be on the cards for the asset shortly, adding, "We remain bullish on high time frames and continue to expect the price to rally up to the US$85,000–$90,000 region in the coming weeks."
He also pointed out that as long as Bitcoin is able to maintain its value above the AUD$80k (US$59k) threshold, it will be able to garner more and more momentum, mirroring parabolic run-ups that have previously been witnessed after the 2013 and 2017 halvings.
Another reason BTC may witness positive price action over the coming few days is the currency's recently concluded Taproot soft fork, which seeks to not only make the asset's ecosystem more private and secure but also make it compatible with smart-contracts – something that could potentially allow Bitcoin to become a more prominent member of the growing DeFi market. On the significance of the upgrade, Decentrader commented:
"The last time Bitcoin had such a major upgrade was the Segwit upgrade in August 2017. At that time, the price of Bitcoin was at US$4000, it then went on to rally up to nearly US$20,000 in the following 4 months."
VanEck's Bitcoin spot ETF application gets rejected
After 2 BTC-ETF applications managed to see the light of day over the last couple of months, many had expected the SEC to greenlight global investment manager VanEck's application for the same. However, the regulatory body chose otherwise, sparking fears that Bitcoin may be faced with a lot of volatility. And while the currency did dip to around the AUD$81,500 support range, it was able to bounce back almost immediately.
Following the news, many well-known members of the global finance industry took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with the SEC's decision, with Matias Dorta, vice president of marketing at asset manager Roundhill Investments, claiming that by keeping investors away from ETFs for nearly 8 years, the government agency has done a major disservice to the market, even preventing many investors from accruing massive potential gains.
Disclosure: The author owns a range of cryptocurrencies at the time of writing.