With prices trading sideways around $6,400 for the 10th day straight, bitcoin (BTC) risks reporting a yearly loss for its 10th birthday.
The leading cryptocurrency, which turns a decade old this Wednesday, has been flatlined below $6,500 since Oct. 19 and is showing no signs of life with volatility readings at multi-month lows.
At press time, BTC is trading at $6,414, as per CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI) – up 4.46 percent on a yearly basis.
The annual performance would turn negative if the lateral trading continues for another 48 hours. This is because, BTC was trading above $6,400 on Oct. 31, 2017.
Further, the year-on-year losses would deepen if the cryptocurrency fails to pick up a bid next month. Moreover, prices had witnessed a near 90-degree rally to levels above $8,000 in November 2017 on speculation that BTC futures listing would perhaps open new doors for the world’s yield-hungry institutional investors.
Both Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (Cboe) did launch futures contract in December. However, the institutional money is still waiting at the gates and may possibly enter the crypto waters if and when the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approves BTC exchange-traded funds.
BTC topped out around $20,000 in December 2017 and has remained under pressure this year. A significant majority believes the cryptocurrency has likely charted a “classic bottom” around $6,000 in the last four months, although a bullish reversal is seen only above the September high of $7,400.
Disclosure: The author holds no cryptocurrency assets at the time of writing.