By Teeka Tiwari, editor, Palm Beach Daily
In May 2019, I sent out an alert to my subscribers. I said: “The appetite for cryptos is exploding.”
You see, I knew a rare phenomenon was fast-approaching. So far, in crypto’s short history, it’s only happened twice.
It’s called the “halving.” And each time, it’s ignited the price of bitcoin:
If you’d positioned yourself ahead of time in 2011, you could’ve made 11,645%. And if you’d positioned yourself beforehand in 2015, you could’ve made 7,382%.
But right now, there’s a lot of negative sentiment in the crypto market—from regulatory uncertainty to complicated new tax rules. And it’s putting some short-term pressure on bitcoin prices.
This year—after exploding from its January trough of $3,395 to its June peak of almost $14,000—bitcoin is down around 40%. And now, people are worried this selling pressure will put a lid on the halving.
But today, I’ll share why that view is wrong—and more importantly, why you should prepare now for the next halving price explosion…
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Less Supply, More Demand = Higher Prices
The halving event is when the bitcoin reward is cut in half. You see, there can never be more than 21 million bitcoins in existence. The issuance is strictly regulated by computer code.
Each halving reduces supply coming to the market. The first halving occurred in 2012, and the second in 2016. The third will occur in May 2020.
So next year, the bitcoin reward miners receive will drop from 12.5 to 6.25. Over one year, that’ll drop the supply coming to the market from about 675,000 to about 337,500.
Now, we’re about to see two major forces come together to lift bitcoin prices: a declining supply from the halving… and overwhelming demand from institutions.
We’re already seeing evidence of latent demand. In the past two months, two major players launched new institutional on-ramps into crypto:
- In September, Bakkt—a subsidiary of the company that owns the New York Stock Exchange—launched its fully compliant bitcoin exchange for institutions.
- And earlier this month, Fidelity Digital Asset Services (FDAS) rolled out its crypto custody and trading service for institutions. Fidelity manages $2.7 trillion in assets.
This level of institutional access to crypto assets is unprecedented. It’ll result in a surge of demand for bitcoin and many other cryptos.
I want you to think about it logically: Bitcoin’s incoming supply will be cut in half… and demand is about to explode. It’s simple supply-and-demand economics.
Still, I’ve received a ton of mail asking how I can be so sure the halving will boost prices—especially with so many negative headlines out there.
Well, all you have to do is look to the past…
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I went back to look at some predictions from 2016, right before the second halving event. At the time, bitcoin was trading around $600.
Here’s what I found:
- The founder of derivatives trading platform Magnr predicted speculative trading would impact bitcoin’s price before the halving, but emphasized that it would have “a limited effect.”
- The CEO of the BitMEX trading platform said, “My baseline projection is that the halving will have zero effect on the bitcoin price.”
- And the managing director of blockchain venture firm Agentic Group was even more pessimistic—forecasting temporary price declines: “I think that, like a stock split, we will see a natural initial devaluation per bitcoin.”
Now, if you were reading predictions like these in 2016, I wouldn’t be surprised if you sat out the halving event. But it would’ve been a mistake… You would’ve missed out on bitcoin’s incredible run from $600 to $20,000 just 16 months later.
To me, it’s a simple bet: decreasing supply and increasing demand.
I looked at the technology and the market, and I said, “The adoption rate is going to climb dramatically.”
And then it was easy, second-grade logic to figure out: “You know, bitcoin is pretty cheap at 600 bucks. We should probably buy some.”
That same logic holds today. Except this time around, instead of hundreds of billions of dollars coming into crypto, we’re on the doorstep of seeing trillions of dollars flood into the space…
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Friends, we’re at the cusp of an explosion in demand that’ll far eclipse anything we’ve seen in bitcoin and other cryptos.
This halving protocol is as close to being “set in stone” as you can get in the digital world. And we know the exact date it’ll occur next.
Think about it this way…
If you knew half of the world’s incoming gold supply was going to disappear next May, what would you do?
You’d drop everything the moment you got that tip. You’d get your hands on as much gold as you could… because the value of the remaining half is going to the moon.
The bottom line is this: The halving is happening. We’ll see bitcoin prices explode higher—followed by even bigger percentage moves in altcoins.
And if somebody says something negative about the halving, they probably don’t understand economics. Just smile and say, “Okay, thanks for sharing,” and move along.