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CitiBank executive Tom Fitzpatrick pointed out in an independent report the distinct similarities between the 1970 gold market and Bitcoin. Fitzpatrick referred to Bitcoin as the “21st century gold”. Fitzpatrick, as per his price prediction chart, further predicts that the Bitcoin price will hit  $318,000 by December 2021.

The report was first leaked  by Twitter user “ClassicMacro” in a tweet:

The report compared the first Bitcoin surge in 2010-2011 that took it to the mainstream with gold:

“That surge, as it came into the mainstream, was very reminiscent of what happened with Gold as it was allowed to float in the early 1970s after 50 years of trading in the $25-$30 range.”

Fitzpatrick traced the historical price performance of Bitcoin on the weekly chart below, which he believes reflects that timeframes for the rally are increasing. He claims that, with the increasing timeframes of the rallies, it will likely put the current rally’s peak in December 2021 at $318k.

Some Twitter users were, however, not too thrilled with the report. CryptoWhale argued that people should be worried that big banks are turning bullish on Bitcoin, as it was essentially created to take them down. CryptoWhale further mentions that Citibank may have ulterior motives as it is the same bank that urged people to sell Bitcoin when it was trading under $400 in 2013.

Another Twitter user, Larry Cermak, issued a warning to users, claiming that Fitzpatrick also said in 2013 that gold would hit $3500 and even used the exact same 1970s analogy.

Feature image by Mike Mozart from flickr

Andrew is a law student currently studying at UNISA, and Global Crypto's in-house reporter. Andrew discovered blockchain in his final year of school and since developed a keen interest in the subject. He appreciates a good cup of coffee. When he is not too busy with work or studies, he enjoys playing a good round of golf.