Bitcoin trades above $50K again — but its very different this time

Bitcoin last traded above $50,000 in December 2021 — more than two years ago. The crypto market looks very different this time around.

Bitcoin (BTC)’s surge to $50,000 on Monday comes at a time of souped-up institutional demand, a possible pivot in interest rates, and incoming scarcity from the Bitcoin halving — a stark contrast from just two years ago. 

Data shows that the last time Bitcoin hit the $50,000 mark was in December 2021, a time when — unbeknownst to the majority of investors — crypto was just about to crumble into an enduring bear market marked by 11 consecutive interest rate hikes in the United States, the collapse several high-profile crypto institutions and an exodus of retail investors from crypto that saw Bitcoin crashing to 

The first big catalyst many investors are looking to is the upcoming Bitcoin halving, explained Gilbert. The halving is scheduled for April and is the time when as mining rewards being cut in half for Bitcoin miners. It is widely viewed as a bullish catalyst for the price of BTC in the long term.

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