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Bitcoin and the internet bubble: What’s the difference?

Bitcoin’s has been compared to the internet’s evolution, but Bitcoin did not launch an innovation cycle the way the internet did.

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Cycles reoccur throughout history, but they more rhyme than duplicate.

Each bubble tends to get more extreme than the last one because there’s more wealth to chase it. Wealth is concentrated in the top one to 0.1 percent and grows exponentially (income does not).

The greatest bubble of our lifetimes was the tech bubble in the Nasdaq from late 1994 into early 2000. That built over a period of five years – the typical time frame for most stock bubbles.

This current bubble, from 2011 to present day is an anomaly. This Fed and global central bank bubble have been totally artificially driven by unprecedented QE and zero interest rate policies for 8.7 years now.

It has now outstripped the tech bubble in time, total point gains, and percentage gains.

Make no mistake about it: This is the greatest stock market bubble in modern history.

But it’s not THE greatest bubble anymore. That dubious honor goes to Bitcoin!

Last December, safety triggers shut down trading of Bitcoin futures because prices had soared too high too fast!

And there are experts out there still trying to convince investors that this isn’t a bubble! That’s dangerous talk if you ask me.

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are following a similar path to the late and most bubbly internet sector of the last tech bubble, which came largely between late 1998 and early 2000. Look at this chart:

© Harry Dent

The Bloomberg internet index went up eight times in a little more than a year and then collapsed 93 percent compared to the 78 percent decline in the Nasdaq! Talk about an extreme bubble!

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And most of the damage occurred within one year of that, as usual, with the first sharp crash in the first few months. Investors lost 50 percent right off the bat in a few months. That’s why it’s better to get out a bit early.

Now, look at Bitcoin versus the internet back then. Note that Bitcoin is one of the most extreme and largest leaders hereit’s like one stock versus a broader indexso it may be a little more exaggerated:

© Harry Dent

Any closer a correlation to the late stage internet bubble and it might as well be identical!

Now, if Bitcoin follows the internet bubble pattern, it could first see a sharp correction to $7,000–$8,000, then make a final push to something like $20,000 or a bit higher. Then collapse 90 percent plus back down to $2,000 or so. That’s scenario #1.

© Harry Dent

This second scenario is that Bitcoin is already nearing its final peak and will crash dramatically, sooner rather than later.

Either way, this bubble is likely closer to done than not and the risks are growing of a major 90-percent-plus crash with most of it occurring this year.

Everyday investors are no longer piling into the FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix, Google) stocks as strongly, the leaders of the last internet revolution that started in the late 1990s. Instead, they’re piling into Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, like Ethereum and hundreds of others.

This late-stage bubble could peak just weeks ahead of the broader Nasdaq bubble and give warning signs of the next great crash ahead.

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A crash in which we’re likely to see a 40-percent-plus loss in the first two or three months.

You don’t want to be there for that!

But here’s the most important insight

This cryptocurrency trend is the second stage of the internet revolution and deals with security of financial transactions and other things of financial value that are increasingly under threat of being hacked.

It’s not the “big bang” that launches a new 45-year Innovation Cycle like the internet did. Rather it’s the one that first consolidates it and makes it better in the maturing phase of the cycle. That said, it could well morph into the next big bang cycle from 2032 to 2055.

It’s about more secure, faster, and lower cost financial transactions over the internet. That makes this a major trend in the longer term.

These stocks, like the best-emerging countries and metals in commodities, will be the leaders to come out of the greatest crash, making them the prime sale of a lifetime candidates in the years ahead.

(Charts Courtesy of Dent Research and Featured Image by John Russel via Flickr. CC BY 2.0 )

 

DISCLAIMER: This article expresses my own ideas and opinions. Any information I have shared are from sources that I believe to be reliable and accurate. I did not receive any financial compensation in writing this post, nor do I own any shares in any company I’ve mentioned. I encourage any reader to do their own diligent research first before making any investment decisions.

 

Harry S. Dent Jr. studied economics in college in the 1970s, receiving his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and was elected to the Century Club for leadership excellence. Harry grew to find the study of economics vague and inconclusive and became so disillusioned by the state of his chosen profession that he turned his back on it. Instead, he threw himself into the burgeoning new science of finance which married economic research and market research. Identifying and studying demographic trends, business cycles, consumers’ purchasing power and many other trends empowered Harry to forecast economic and market changes. Over the last three decades, he’s spoken to executives, financial advisors and investors around the world. He’s appeared on “Good Morning America,” PBS, CNBC and CNN/FN. He’s been featured in Barron’s, Investor’s Business Daily, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Success, U.S. News and World Report, Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, American Demographics and Omni. He is a regular guest on Fox Business’s “America’s Nightly Scorecard.” Harry has also written numerous best-selling books over the years, such as The Great Boom Ahead, The Roaring 2000s, the Roaring 2000s Investors and The Demographic Cliff. In his most recent book The Sale of a Lifetime: How the Great Bubble Burst of 2017 Can Make You Rich (2016), Harry looks at the upcoming economic crisis and reveals how it could be the single greatest chance to build wealth we’ll ever see and how we can capitalize on such a unique and historical opportunity. He explains how many of the richest Americans in history have used this same kind of opportunity to quickly accumulate incredible amounts of money, in a short period of time.

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