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Price Analysis 5/29: BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, BSV, LTC, BNB, EOS, XTZ, ADA

Institutional demand for Bitcoin remains high, even as the price turned down after the block reward halving. Some in the space believe that if institutional and retail demand picks up, there will be a severe shortage of (BTC), which can quickly push its price higher.

A small example can be seen in the way crypto fund manager Grayscale Investments has been lapping up Bitcoin, the top-ranked cryptocurrency on CoinMarketCap. Since the halving, Grayscale alone has bought about 150% of the newly mined Bitcoin. If this pace of purchasing continues for a few more weeks, traders’ sentiment could turn decidedly bullish.

Stocks usually react strongly to upgrades or downgrades by large brokerage houses or investment banks. However, the crypto community decided to go contra to Goldman’s recent warning to its clientele against investing in Bitcoin. This suggests that crypto traders do not give much weight to the reports by traditional brokerages.

Daily cryptocurrency market performance. Source: Coin360

The huge rise in Bitcoin’s price over the past decade has not happened due to support from the government or from the brokerage houses. It happened as people saw an opportunity in the possibility of a decentralized world. Digital Assets Data CEO Mike Alfred recently told Cointelegraph that as the world becomes more digital and virtual, the younger generation would be more interested in digital gold, rather than physical gold.

Today also marks the expiry of CME BTC Options contracts. Typically the expiry has led to a 2.3% drop in Bitcoin’s price. Usually, fluctuations caused due to derivatives expiry are short-term blips and they don't change the ongoing trend. Therefore, swing traders should initiate trades based on the trend and not so much on the CME expiry.

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