Bitcoin Entering 'New Adoption Cycle,' Coin Metrics Exec Says

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Bitcoin user adoption looks to be gathering pace as its price rises amid a coronavirus-induced rush for assets with safe-haven appeal.

The number of bitcoin addresses holding at least $10-worth of cryptocurrency recently rose to a record high of 16.6 million, according to data source Glassnode.

The data suggests "a new bitcoin adoption cycle is brewing," according to Lucas Nuzzi, network data product manager at crypto data provider Coin Metrics.

Address growth is not a precise indicator of bitcoin's user base because a single individual or entity can hold multiple addresses.

Bitcoin's price has rallied by over 200% during the same period, and is up 64% year to date.

Relatively scarce assets like bitcoin and gold seem to have benefited from fears of a dwindling U.S. dollar and the inflation-boosting policies of central banks and governments.

Looking ahead.Some analysts expect bitcoin's price to challenge record highs by the end of December.

Continued price gains could have an exponential effect on user growth as FOMO hits consumers.

Bitcoin may have a tough time scaling $12,000 in the short run if traders and crypto miners take advantage of the recent price rise and liquidate holdings.

Bitcoin is trading near $11,700 at press time, representing a 0.5% drop on the day.