The crypto ship is sailing in rough seas at the moment. My advice? Stay away for now. Preserve your capital for after the major crash, and then pick winners from the bones.

The bitcoin and cryptocurrency trends seem to be following the path the internet took back in the very late 1990s. That bubble came at the end of the tech bubble, and expanded by more than 8 times between late 1998 and early 2000. Then it crashed 93%.

Bitcoin has come at the end of the second tech and internet bubble.

It has been up by more than 20 times since late 2016.

And so far, it’s crashed 70% in a little more than two months.

As I was writing this, this Morgan Stanley Research (courtesy of Bloomberg Technology) chart popped into my inbox. Pretty telling…

But that’s not all…

Bitcoin has bubbled up three times now. Once into 2011, again into 2013, and into 2017 as well.

It went up 59 times, going from $0.05 to $29.50 between July 22, 2010 and June 8, 2011, and then it crashed 93% into November 18, 2011 – just five months.

Michael Terpin, who spoke at our Irrational Economic Summit in Nashville last year, and who has created a nine-part cryptocurrency mastery course that will be available to you soon, spoke about being in bitcoin when it was just $0.10.

Bitcoin bubbled again when it went up by 561 times, from $2.05 to $1,329 from November 18, 2011 to December 4, 2013. From there, it crashed 86% into January 14, 2015.

During this latest bubble, it’s gone up 122 times, and over 20 times in just the last year when it bubbled the most.

So, a 90%-plus crash this time around seems highly likely.

The worst-case scenario is that it crashes back to the late 1996 lows (where the bubble really started), between $800 and $1,000. That’s a loss of 95% to 96%… a slightly greater loss than the dot-com crash because bitcoin has bubbled more and faster. In fact, the bitcoin and cryptocurrency bubble has now exceeded even the extreme tulip bubble of 1635 – 1636.

I spoke at Michael Terpin’s CoinAgenda Caribbean Conference in Puerto Rico over the weekend. Most of the people offering investments there claimed that it was NOT for the everyday investor… they know how volatile this market is.

So, again: don’t jump onto this ship just yet. Wait until we’ve seen the seemingly inevitable crypto crash to its conclusion, and then look to buy the larger, stronger survivors.

Ethereum is likely to be one of those, and bitcoin as well.

In fact, just like what happened after the internet crash, there will be several larger companies – that have something real to offer – that will survive.

This chart shows how some of the survivors from the dot-com crash did, both into the 2007 top and the recent top on January 26, 2018.

If you had bought when we signaled a bottom in the tech wreck in early October 2002, Apple would have been up by 262 times into the recent January 2018 top.

For Priceline, that gain would be 224 times.

For Amazon, 78 times (if you had bought Amazon at its earlier bottom in 2001, the gains would have 290 times).

Google, that IPOd in 2004, would have increased in value by 21 times.

That’sif bitcoin and cryptos see a 90%-plus crash ahead. In the meantime, let the crypto traders risk their money on this extreme bubble.

Harry
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Harry studied economics in college in the ’70s, but found it vague and inconclusive. He became so disillusioned by the state of the profession that he turned his back on it. Instead, he threw himself into the burgeoning New Science of Finance, which married economic research and market research and encompassed identifying and studying demographic trends, business cycles, consumers’ purchasing power and many, many other trends that empowered him to forecast economic and market changes.