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Bitcoin winter coming? World’s top crypto may hit $300k but when bubble bursts, declines will last for years, entrepreneur says

The price of the world’s highest-valued cryptocurrency, bitcoin, could skyrocket as high as $ 300,000 in the current bull market based on its historical patterns, says Bobby Lee, co-founder and former CEO of crypto exchange BTCC.

He told CNBC that the bubble will burst after peaking and the crypto could see declines for years.

“Bitcoin bull market cycles come every four years and this is a big one,” Lee said, adding: “I think it could really go up to over $ 100,000 this summer.”

The chief executive of crypto wallet Ballet, Lee explained that two of these “mega bull market cycles” have occurred over the last eight years, with the last one in 2017, when the price of bitcoin surged to nearly $ 20,000 by the year end from about $ 1,000 earlier that year.
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Still, a “bitcoin winter” that could last for years may hit the digital currency following its bull run, according to Lee. “It could go down by quite a bit and that’s when the bubble bursts. In the bitcoin crypto industry, we call it ‘bitcoin winter’ and it can last from two to three years,” he said.

The entrepreneur also warned investors to be aware that bitcoin’s value could fall as much as 80% to 90% of its value from the all-time peak. “Bitcoin is very volatile, but the rewards are risk-adjusted, I think,” Lee said.

Bitcoin entered 2021 at around $ 30,000, reaching multiple record levels since then. It surpassed the $ 60,000 milestone earlier in March, and was trading at $ 57,488 on Monday at 08:10 GMT.

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Big energy emerges as winner from Texas winter storm

As smaller companies are hit hard following grid failures in the storm, people look to big energy firms such as Vistra, NRG, Exelon and Calpine to provide a more stable source of energy.

This is likely to lead to bigger energy companies across the state acquiring smaller, local companies that people no longer trust to supply their power. 

The four major Texan companies, together, own around half of the total capacity of the grid, with the remaining share relatively fragmented. One company, Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc., has already filed for bankruptcy and several look to follow soon due to defaulted power payments. 

According to CNBC, Texas energy companies have failed to pay the $ 345 million required in damages from last month’s storm. In total, electricity providers are thought to have dodged $ 2.46 billion in power and service charges according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). ERCOT has threatened to name the firms in question if they do not meet payments in the future. 
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While the market valuations of the four biggest firms have decreased following the storm, the potential for reform and investment in infrastructure could quickly help them to bounce back. Following the crisis, people are turning to bigger, more reputable firms as the safest bet for winterproof energy provision, meaning the face energy providers across the state could change dramatically. 

In addition, thanks to the long-standing tradition of self-regulation in Texas, as with several other US states, while the political impact of the storm has been significant, bigger local oil and gas firms have been largely left to recover without consequence for their poor management of the situation. 

Following the disaster, several board members as well as the CEO resigned from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. The chair of the Public Utility Commission, which oversees the grid operator, also resigned.

During the worst days of the disaster around half of the total grid power went offline, with the weather halting the production and distribution of gas, coal, wind and nuclear power. 

Mauricio Gutierrez, CEO of NRG Energy Inc. believes“The entire energy sector failed Texas,” stating “We must do better.” This follows widespread criticism over the lack of ‘winterization’ of Texan energy infrastructure. 
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Despite resignations across some regulators, many have not been held accountable for these failures to date. No one was asked to resign from the Texas Railroad Commission, the Texan regulator for natural gas production and transportation, with leaders emerging seemingly unscathed from the crisis. 

Many believe that several companies and regulators have not been held accountable due to their political might, maintaining close connections with Governor Greg Abbott, who has received $ 26.9 million from the oil and gas industry in political donations over the last two decades. 

While Texas requires major investments in its energy infrastructure if it hopes to weather the next storm or heatwave, those companies that can see it through stand to make a substantial profit. 

By Felicity Bradstock for Oilprice.com

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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier star teases Iron Man connection after Avengers Endgame

The Falcon star continued: “He’s much more of a winged force. Coming out of Endgame and being blipped out and blipped back in, it seems this time around, he really appreciates being alive.”

But then he added: “He’s been even more ‘Tony Starkerized’ than before.”

By the sounds of it, Falcon’s armour has had quite the technological advancements, a bit like the Iron Man suit upgrades throughout the MCU movies.

The Direct points out that the Tony Stark comparison could also be a reference to the billionaire’s near-death experience during the Afghanistan scenes in the first Iron Man movie.