MOSCOW, 3 Jan – PRIME. The most popular cryptocurrency in the world celebrates its birthday on January 3 – in 12 years, bitcoin has grown from a little-known asset to an investment instrument discussed by central banks worth almost 30 thousand dollars. In 2021, its price will continue to grow and may reach a level in the range of 38-100 thousand dollars, according to experts interviewed by RIA Novosti. The price of bitcoin exceeded the mark of $ 34 thousand. The bitcoin network was launched on January 3, 2009. Its creator acted under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, but it has not yet been identified. At first, only a narrow circle of IT specialists knew about cryptocurrency, but after a few years indices and futures for bitcoin began to appear on stock exchanges, and world central banks started talking about creating their own national cryptocurrencies. Such an active interest in bitcoin led to an increase in its price – in 2020 it increased by 3.95 times. “I expect that in 2021 bitcoin will reach levels significantly higher than the current ones. Positive forecast – in the third quarter of 2021, the cost of bitcoin will exceed $ 65-75 thousand. Negative scenario – the whole year will represent the consolidation of the asset in a wide range of prices 10-25 thousand dollars with short-term exits beyond the designated boundaries with the aim of growth in the next 2022-2023, “says the president of the Russian Association of Cryptoeconomics, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain (RACIB) Yuri Pripachkin. ALL EGGS IN BASKETS The founder of the Tokenbox project Vladimir Smerkis noted that the rapid rise in prices bitcoin is supported by a limited emission of cryptocurrency – to date, more than 19 million bitcoins out of 21 million possible have been created. Bitcoin is already everything: it has updated its historical maximum and became like a bubble “I think that in 2021 we can easily see the cost of bitcoin at 50 thousand dollars , however, this will be accompanied by ups and downs, so investors have a hundred It’s to have patience and “don’t put all your eggs” in the basket with bitcoins, because we can easily see bitcoin during the year and 12-15 thousand dollars, “he said. “Whether a cryptocurrency will reach a comparable level is a difficult question … If we talk about a certain fixed forecast figure for December 31, 2021, then in such a strange situation, which was in all areas in 2020, I would stop at 60 thousand dollars, assuming that in In March-April, the rate will drop to 12 thousand dollars, but then it will be rehabilitated, having risen to 60 thousand dollars, “- predicts the director of the Center for Social Matrix Technologies” Socioma “Vladimir Panushkin. “I will assume that we will see a fall in the area below $ 10 thousand for bitcoin in the very near future, after which there will be a slightly no less sharp rebound upward. The optimistic price is 38 thousand dollars per bitcoin at the peak, the average price for 2021 is within 20 thousand dollars “, – added the head of the analytical center” BusinessDrom “, a member of the expert council of the State Duma on the digital economy Arseniy Poyarkov. Coinbase is the first of the cryptocurrency companies to become public Head of the Hash CIB crypto investment fund Yakov Barinsky, in turn, expects the price of bitcoin to rise to 100 thousand dollars in 2021. The head of the data analysis department of CEX.IO Broker, Yuri Mazur, has similar expectations: a positive forecast is $ 90 thousand at the end of 2021, a moderate one – $ 50 thousand, and a negative one – a drop to $ 10 196. “But given the current dynamics and fundamental trends, such a scenario looks unlikely. Rather, the main trading range of the BTC / USD pair in 2021 will be located between 25-30 thousand dollars. At the same time, price jumps above 40 thousand and below 18 thousand cannot be ruled out. Such wide forecasting ranges are primarily associated with the uncertainty of the main market drivers, as well as with the still relatively small capitalization of bitcoin compared to traditional assets, which in turn does not exclude speculative movements, “added Mazur.