February 12, 2018 | by Catherine Wood, ARK Invest CEO

As the first public asset manager to gain exposure to bitcoin at $250 through the Bitcoin Investment TrustGBTC,1 ARK Invest faced a number of questions and much ridicule in September 2015. Given our research-based conviction, and the knee-jerk reaction of skeptics, we knew we were on to something big!

Ending a near cataclysmic slide from roughly $1,250 in November 2013 to $175 in January 2015, bitcoin’s price stabilized around its 200-week moving average for the next nine months, as shown by the green line below. At that time, the European sovereign debt crisis was reverberating as Greece threatened to leave the European Union, providing bitcoin with a mid-summer bump. Bitcoin’s price action during those nine months suggested that its ecosystem was much more robust than professionals in traditional asset management were willing to acknowledge. If nothing else, technicians were paying attention, so moving averages, resistance and support, and gaps were relevant.

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Despite the recent plunge in bitcoin’s price from nearly $20,000 in December 2017 to less than $10,000 as of February 6, 2018, we remain convinced that bitcoin is the first of its kind in a new asset class, cryptoassets, and one that is here to stay. During the past three years, cryptoassets have scaled past $500 billion in network value, with bitcoin now accounting for roughly a third of an ecosystem comprised of more than 1500 cryptocurrencies, cryptocommodities, and cryptotokens. Born out of the convergence of technology, financial services, economics, and other social sciences, we believe this new asset class presents a daunting challenge to professionals in each of those fields, not to mention the investing public.

Bitcoin Has Passed Important Battle Tests During the Last Two Years

Bitcoin has overcome a number of battle tests during the last few years, as shown below by the fluctuations in its price.  Following the graph is a list of the most important among those tests, representing ARK’s “aha moments”.

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Now What?

If technicians and global macro traders are dominating trading activity now as they did in 2015, then the price of bitcoin could test a number of different technical levels ranging from $6,400 to $1,700…and still be in a bull market! I am not a technician but have learned their ways as they have influenced the behavior of stocks in our portfolios during major turning points in the market. Among the levels of bitcoin’s technical support, depicted on the graphs below and rounded to the nearest hundred, are the following:

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If bitcoin is leading the way to a new asset class, then we believe these price points are nothing more than psychological supports and will pale in comparison to its ultimate destination. We believe the price will bottom when buyers return and overcome or overwhelm sellers. Adding to our confidence in the outlook for bitcoin are the numbers of developers and lines of code they are contributing to the community, not to mention the much anticipated and rapidly expanding Lightning Network.  As long as they are on board for the ride, so are we!

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Originally published on ark-invest.com.

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Frederick T. Pye is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director of 3iQ Corp. He is also the Chairman and Director of 3iQ Digital Holdings Inc. Mr. Pye is recognized for creating and promoting creative and unique investment products for the investment industry.

Mr. Pye has managed private client portfolios with Landry Investment Management and various other investment dealers. Prior to this Mr. Pye was Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer of Argentum Management and Research Corporation, a company dedicated to managing and distributing quantitative investment portfolios including the first long-short mutual fund in Canada.

He was also Senior Vice-President and National Sales Manager of Fidelity Investments Canada and an integral part of the team that saw assets rise from $80 million to over $7.5 billion in assets under management during his tenure. He also held various positions with Guardian Trust Company, which listed the first Gold, Silver and Platinum Certificates on the Montreal Exchange.

Mr. Pye obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Concordia University.