Bitcoin halving hopium: Study reveals 84% of investors expect new all-time highs

A Bitget market study drawing from 10,000 cryptocurrency investors indicates optimistic expectations of new all-time highs for Bitcoin.
A Bitget market study drawing from 10,000 cryptocurrency investors indicates optimistic expectations of new all-time highs for Bitcoin.

The fourth-ever Bitcoin halving is driving optimism for new all-time highs for Bitcoin (BTC), according to a market study involving nearly 10,000 cryptocurrency investors.

Data from a survey focused on investor sentiment and anticipation of Bitcoin’s next mining reward halving by cryptocurrency exchange Bitget reflects investor confidence around the highly anticipated event.

Results shared with Cointelegraph outline key findings of the study and its methodology, which aimed to draw from a representative sample of cryptocurrency investors worldwide. A range of demographics was covered, with participants hailing from countries in Western and Eastern Europe, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Northern Africa, and Latin American regions.

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9,748 people participated in the study between November and December 2023, with the data anonymized for analysis.

84% of participants expect Bitcoin to surpass the 2021 bull market all-time high of $69,000. Eastern Europe respondents were the least bullish on this outcome at a regional level, with 75% of respondents voting yes to BTC potentially surpassing its previous record.

Investors indicated an optimistic view of Bitcoin’s price following a prolonged bear market cycle. Source: Bitget Bitcoin halving survey

Investors from Western European countries were the most optimistic about the next price top for Bitcoin, with 41% of respondents expecting BTC to surpass the $100,000 mark. However, the report notes that investors from the region were less convicted about the Bitcoin halving impact on BTC’s price:

“It may indicate that these investors are ‘short-term cautious, long-term optimistic,’ as some Western European investors do not believe the Bitcoin halving will trigger a new bull market.”

Meanwhile, respondents from Latin America, East Asia and Southeast Asia were the most optimistic that the Bitcoin halving would significantly impact BTC’s price. 84%, 82% and 81% of respondents from the regions above foresee a substantial impact of the mining reward halving.

In an interview with Cointelegraph on Jan. 30, Bitcoin proponent Paul Sztorc offered a contrasting view of the impact of the Bitcoin halving, suggesting the event would be a litmus test for the mining industry in particular as rewards drop while the hash rate and mining difficulty continue to reach new highs.

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Sztorc suggests that the initial impact on price might not be as pronounced as some commentators predict. In an interview in December 2023, fellow Bitcoin proponent and cryptographer Adam Back told Cointelegraph that the next Bitcoin peak might come 18 months after the next halving.

Several prominent mining companies gave in-depth predictions about the impact of the halving on their operations and the need to be highly efficient to remain profitable in one of Cointelegraph’s 2024 New Year Specials.

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