How to Time Bitcoin Purchases

Bitcoin, the largest digital currency by market value, is not for the faint of heart. That point is constantly proven with Wednesday being the latest example.

Bitcoin prices plunged on news the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is delaying a decision on the fate of the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin Trust ETF (XBTC).

The SEC explained that the Securities Exchange Act provides that it can extend the 45 days period from publication if it finds it “appropriate to designate a longer period” so it has sufficient time to consider the proposed rule change.

“Accordingly, the Commission, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act designates September 30, 2018, as the date by which the Commission shall either approve or disapprove, or institute proceedings to determine whether to disapprove, the proposed rule change.”

With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear Tuesday would have been a bad day to get long bitcoin, but a new Yale University study suggests there are some ways to time bitcoin purchases.

Inside The Crypto Study

“The paper’s authors, economics professor Aleh Tsyvinski and economics Ph.D. candidate Yukun Liu, sought to ‘formulate and investigate potential predictors for cryptocurrency returns,’ according to the paper, and analyzed years worth of past price data for Bitcoin, Ripple and Ethereum. (The prices studied for bitcoin span from 2011 to 2018, while Ripple’s XRP and Ethereum’s ether data begins at the newer currencies’ inceptions in 2012 and 2015.),” reports CNBC.