Bitcoin ATM industry grew over 2017 year with accelerating speed. Back in 2014 we did a forecast of how many installations of machines there will be in several years. You can find the table at the end of the post on comparison of traditional bank ATM growth vs. bitcoin ATM growth. The forecast was done based on bank ATM installations back in 1970-s. After 7 years we assumed there will be 2900 ATMs installed worldwide. Today (~4.5 years since first bitcoin ATM installation) there are already more than 3000 ATMs installed worldwide. And the speed if installations is only accelerating over previous years:
After experiencing the downfall in March, this April Bitcoin prices went in a different direction. They started to rise steadily from the beginning of the month, starting at $6,794 and peaking at $9,556 on 24. April ended with a value of $9,260, which comes to a 36% rise since beginning of the month.
Accompanying the upward price trajectory was the growth in the number of new machines.
Period Start: 2667, Period End: 2878
Opened: 250, Closed: 39, Net Growth: +211(+7.9%)
Unlike the prices that fluctuate since the year started, the number of new machines continues to follow a steady increase. That trend continues in April.
During June 2017 bitcoin price stabilized at the $2500 levels. At the end of June price was $2432, which is approximately the same as it was at closing of May 2017.
While price of bitcoin stayed at highest level over history, installation of bitcoin ATMs also reached new highs during June 2017:
Period Start: 1233, Period End: 1324
Open: 120, Closed: 29, Net Growth: +91 (+7.4%)
In the previous post we discussed why bitcoin ATMs might be useful for investing in bitcoin and also what are the characteristics of bitcoin that make it valuable. In this post we look at potential reasons why bitcoin price might increase in the future and also what kind of investing strategy can be chosen.
Why bitcoin price might increase
There are many factors why bitcoin price is undervalued today:
May 2017 was a great month for all cryptocurrencies growth. Bitcoin also grew substantially in price ($2400 at the end of May).
This has driven a lot of new demand and new users to cryptocurrency world. New traffic to existing bitcoin ATMs incentivized new installations. Here is the stats for May 2017:
Period Start: 1158, Period End: 1236
Open: 95, Closed: 17, Net Growth: +78 (+6.7%)
During April 2017 bitcoin continued to increase in price, and reached ATH ~$1400 by the end of the month.
Such price increase definitely led to hype in bitcoin demand. As bitcoin ATMs are one of the easiest ways to purchase bitcoins, usage of bitcoin machines also reportedly increased. To some extent it led to growth of number of bitcoin ATMs installed. The following statistics illustrate changed bitcoin machines number during April 2017:
Period Start: 1113, Period End: 1156
Open: 63, Closed: 20, Net Growth: +43 (+3.9%)