Bitcoin price prediction for 2030: Where will it be?

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What are the latest bitcoin price predictions for 2030? Could it be worth seven figures?

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Attempting a bitcoin price prediction for 2030 is not necessarily a smart thing to do. It can be difficult to estimate what this cryptocurrency will be worth next week, let alone in eight years’ time. 

Many industry heavyweights, Mike Novogratz being one of them, have repeatedly made yearly predictions that ended up being wide of the mark.

There are some who argue that it is possible to get an idea of the bitcoin price in eight years. They point to how bitcoin (BTC) has tended to follow a four-year cycle that delivers explosive gains in the 12 to 18 months after a halving.

However, they are often less keen to mention the bear cycle that usually follows, which shaved a substantial amount off bitcoin’s value in 2018.

From the Bitcoin whitepaper

The bitcoin whitepaper states: “A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution. Digital signatures provide part of the solution, but the main benefits are lost if a trusted third party is still required to prevent double-spending.”

It adds: “We propose a solution to the double-spending problem using a peer-to-peer network. The network timestamps transactions by hashing them into an ongoing chain of hash-based proof-of-work, forming a record that cannot be changed without redoing the proof-of-work.”

Bitcoin web profile

Looking at its ratings on CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin currently holds a 73% favourable majority. 

Meanwhile, the Bitcoin Reddit community has 4.1 million members.

Will bears dominate in 2030?

Something to remember when it comes to the bitcoin price in 2030 is that, in theory, this could be a year when bears dominate.

In 2014, two years after the very first halving, BTC lost 37.4% of its value in the first quarter, 39.7% in Q3 and another 16.7% in Q4, making a cumulative loss for the second half of the year of almost 50%.

A similar theme was seen four years later in 2018 – down 49.7% in Q1, 7.7% in Q2 and 42.2% in Q4.

If bitcoin predictions are based on what’s happened in the past (which, of course, is not a reliable indicator of what lies ahead), we could see sizeable corrections for BTC in 2022, 2026 and for the bitcoin price in 2030.

Here we look at some resources for a bitcoin prediction for 2030, with a long-term forecast that examines the milestones we could see within the next decade.

BTC/USD price history

Date Close Change Change(%) Open High Low
Dec 4, 2022 16975.55 84.45 0.50% 16891.10 17053.20 16887.20
Dec 3, 2022 16891.20 -201.25 -1.18% 17092.45 17153.95 16869.05
Dec 2, 2022 17092.45 119.60 0.70% 16972.85 17104.20 16785.45
Dec 1, 2022 16974.20 -191.20 -1.11% 17165.40 17311.15 16864.55
Nov 30, 2022 17166.20 731.65 4.45% 16434.55 17256.45 16421.65
Nov 29, 2022 16434.35 229.65 1.42% 16204.70 16540.30 16095.55
Nov 28, 2022 16204.80 -220.25 -1.34% 16425.05 16480.45 15999.05
Nov 27, 2022 16424.95 -26.20 -0.16% 16451.15 16587.95 16395.30
Nov 26, 2022 16451.05 -58.15 -0.35% 16509.20 16687.70 16375.20
Nov 25, 2022 16509.45 -77.00 -0.46% 16586.45 16607.45 16331.95
Nov 24, 2022 16586.45 -0.10 -0.00% 16586.55 16794.30 16451.80
Nov 23, 2022 16587.20 383.20 2.36% 16204.00 16688.05 16145.75
Nov 22, 2022 16204.95 448.30 2.85% 15756.65 16294.95 15597.65
Nov 21, 2022 15756.25 -497.30 -3.06% 16253.55 16280.70 15457.95
Nov 20, 2022 16253.45 -432.65 -2.59% 16686.10 16736.75 16196.65
Nov 19, 2022 16686.00 4.30 0.03% 16681.70 16800.20 16535.15
Nov 18, 2022 16681.55 -0.50 -0.00% 16682.05 16986.10 16532.45
Nov 17, 2022 16682.30 30.90 0.19% 16651.40 16738.60 16401.20
Nov 16, 2022 16650.00 -223.70 -1.33% 16873.70 16991.45 16357.80
Nov 15, 2022 16873.75 280.80 1.69% 16592.95 17102.45 16501.05

Bitcoin price predictions: The stock-to-flow model

Inevitably, a good place to start with bitcoin price predictions is with the stock-to-flow model produced by pseudonymous trader PlanB. Although it has caused controversy in crypto circles, the model has also won plaudits, with Forbes calling it remarkably accurate.

The premise is simple. Every four years, the number of new bitcoin entering circulation is slashed by 50%. At present, just 6.25 BTC are mined every 10 minutes, the equivalent of about 900 BTC a day. This figure will fall to 3.125 BTC every 10 minutes in 2024, and 1.5625 BTC by 2028. As ever, the theory is that reduced supply causes prices to rise if demand remains high.

Given that just 21 million bitcoin will ever exist, and with long-term crypto investors and institutions holding on to their digital assets for years, only a small proportion of the total supply is liquid, forcing newcomers or enthusiasts to pay a premium to get their hands on some.

Based on this model, bitcoin is expected to hit the $900,000 mark at some point in 2025. Analyst Scott Melker assumed that by the end of 2021, bitcoin would have reached an average price of $280,000. Nasdaq also had an optimistic outlook and assumed the price could approach $100,000 in 2021.

However, in real life, these figures were way off the mark and over the course of December 2021, the coin lost 19% of its value and was trading on 1 January 2022 at $47,686. Currently trading at around $39,000, Gov.capital predicts a value for the end of 2022 of $56,356.90.

However, there have been a few major setbacks for bitcoin and the greater crypto market in 2021 and in 2022 so far. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused far-reaching economic consequences that may last years. Other detrimental effects on the markets include wider global regulation; the shutdown in Kazakhstan, home to the world’s second-biggest mining hub; concerns over the environmental impact; and the long-term implications of the pandemic.

Many factors should be taken into account when making bitcoin price predictions.

What the public think

Of course, any analyst can speculate on bitcoin’s price in 2030. But, arguably, the opinions that really matter are those of investors, because their thinking could dictate how the market moves as we enter a new decade.

A poll by Genesis Mining in December 2020 gave us a little insight into what common bitcoin price predictions for 2030 look like. It found that 65.8% of existing bitcoin investors were bullish about the long-term future of this digital asset, and 66.3% believed BTC was a better long-term investment than the dollar.

However, there was a very divided picture when respondents were asked how much bitcoin would be worth in 2030. Just 4.8% believed that it had the potential to be worth more than $500,000, while 5.5% set a range of between $100,000 and $500,000 – and only 18.6% forecast that BTC’s valuation would exceed $50,000. Contrast that with the 21.8% who thought the price would tumble below $5,000.

It’s worth noting that this poll was performed at the very beginning of bitcoin’s explosive bull run, and the cryptocurrency was trading at about $19,000 when it was released. If the same respondents had been polled when the currency hit its new all-time high of around $66,900 on 20 October 2021, it’s possible that attitudes would have been very different. However, as of 27 April 2022, the coin is valued at approximately $38,839, and the future looks a little less promising in the short term for the speculative asset.  

Bitcoin’s price predictions for 2030 rely heavily on the global adoption rate of the currency. El Salvador continues its plans to build its bitcoin city, and the Central African Republic has become the second country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender. Some commentators, such as Ray Dalio, CEO of Bridgewater Associates, suggest there might be a global boycott of bitcoin. Let’s take a look at what analysts are suggesting as the long-term value of the coin develops in the future.

Bitcoin prediction for 2030: Less volatility?

Another school of thought says the coin will become less volatile over time. Raoul Pal, founder of on-demand financial TV channel Real Vision, is among those who believe that we will see far less dramatic swings in bitcoin’s value as 2030 nears. That said, he does not believe that BTC will be stable enough to be used for everyday purchases.

Others believe that one billion people will end up owning bitcoin by 2030, although this means that most of them will only be able to own a tiny fraction of the cryptocurrency. That’s a problem, because miners need encouragement to keep the network running smoothly – but with BTC rewards dwindling to such a tiny level, they’ll need to be incentivised in the form of transaction fees, which could surge.

Although there’s a long-term belief among some that bitcoin could end up exceeding the market capitalisation of gold, few bitcoin price predictions in 2030 anticipate that this leading digital asset will have overtaken fiat.

More regulation

That said, a lot can change in 10 years. A decade ago, bitcoin was worth a mere $1. In the 2020s, we are likely to see countries around the world launch their own central bank digital currencies.

There may also be a concerted push to regulate bitcoin. It’s also possible that a shiny new digital asset could steal BTC’s thunder and become the premier cryptocurrency in its place. Indeed, when Ethereum 2.0 finally comes out later this year, with its much faster transaction speeds and eco-friendly Proof-of-Stake (PoS) mechanism, ether (ETH) could become a true rival to BTC and possibly even overtake it.

The next decade is going to be full of fascinating twists and turns. Predictions can certainly be interesting to read, but it would take a fool to bet money on where bitcoin will stand in eight years’ time. 

Given the coin’s past behaviour, some theorise that bitcoin should exceed the $10trn cap by 2030.

FAQs

How much will bitcoin be worth in 2025?

We don’t know. But there are several predictions. For instance, CoinPriceForecast said bitcoin should reach $77,449 by the end of 2025, and the bitcoin price in 10 years could be as high as $85,845, in 2032; while DigitalCoinPrice said it will hit an average of $76,109.47 in 2025. Meanwhile, Chamath Palihapitiya, CEO of Social Capital, said: “Bitcoin is going to be worth $1m, or it will be worth nothing.”

Can bitcoin reach $100,000?

It certainly could, but when is another matter. Although there are some positive predictions, we have to remember that a crackdown on cryptocurrencies will hit bitcoin perhaps harder than any other crypto. You should always remember that cryptocurrencies are highly volatile and prices can go down as well as up. Do your research and never invest more than you can afford to lose.

How much does it cost to buy bitcoin?

If you wanted to buy one bitcoin on Currency.com, it would cost somewhere in the region of $38,895 (at the time of writing on 27 April 2022). However, you can buy fractions of a bitcoin thanks to our site’s tokenised system. Remember to do your own research first and never spend more than you can afford to lose. 

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