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November 15, 2018 | Why a Hard-Core Bitcoin Bear Is About to Turn Bullish

Rick Ackerman

Rick Ackerman is the editor of Rick’s Picks, an online service geared to traders of stocks, options, index futures and commodities. His detailed trading strategies have appeared since the early 1990s in Black Box Forecasts, a newsletter he founded that originally was geared to professional option traders. Barron’s once labeled him an “intrepid trader” in a headline that alluded to his key role in solving a notorious pill-tampering case. He received a $200,000 reward when a conviction resulted, and the story was retold on TV’s FBI: The Untold Story. His professional background includes 12 years as a market maker in the pits of the Pacific Coast Exchange, three as an investigator with renowned San Francisco private eye Hal Lipset, seven as a reporter and newspaper editor, three as a columnist for the Sunday San Francisco Examiner, and two decades as a contributor to publications ranging from Barron’s to The Antiquarian Bookman to Fleet Street Letter and Utne Reader.

In my forecasts over the last year, I’ve treated bitcoin with skepticism and disdain, to put it mildly. (Check out the $BRTI tout at the bottom of the Rick’s Picks home page to see how I’ve scorned not just cryptocurrencies, but those who have loudly hyped them for personal gain.) My strong doubts will have spared subscribers who have been habitually bullish on block-chain currencies a world of pain. However, recent developments are threatening to turn me bullish despite my deep distrust of ‘money’ that any Tom, Dick or Harry could start ginning up tomorrow. Be that as it may, bitcoin has taken a steep dive this week after falling off a ledge thousands of dollars above the very bearish target subscribers have held in mind since January. If it hits that target, which lies at 4396 (basis the CME’s real-time bitcoin index, symbol $BRTI), even I would be a buyer. And although I don’t expect a trampoline bounce from my number, I am confident it will offer a relatively safe and precise spot for bulls to starting accumulating a stake. If you held off buying until now because my forecast scared some sense into you, consider taking a free trial subscription to see what other cool stuff we’re doing behind the subscriber wall.

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November 15th, 2018

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