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Believe it or not, a majority of 2017’s rally that took Bitcoin from $500 to $20,000 in 18 months’ time was catalyzed by retails investors — people like you or me.
At the time, cryptocurrencies were a fad that many mom and pop investors thought could make them rich. Maybe an altcoin could turn their $5,000 in savings to a down payment on a house, or a car.
But as quick as the bubble inflated, it popped, when prices tanked by over 80 percent in 2018 as investors realized the projects they threw millions at had no intrinsic value.
Now, though, things are changing: cryptocurrencies are finally being adopted by institutional players as the bull case for these assets has become tangible.
According to Fidelity Investments‘ digital asset arm — Fidelity Digital Assets — they recently conducted a study revealing positive trends about institutional adoption in the crypto space.
The study, conducted in association with data firm Greenwich Associates, is not yet released, but it found that “digital assets continue to gain adoption and interest by a variety of institutional investors.”
Later this month, we'll release highlights from our annual Institutional Investors Digital Asset Study conducted by Greenwich Associates.
The results suggest that digital assets continue to gain adoption and interest by a variety of institutional investors.
— Fidelity Digital Assets (@DigitalAssets) June 2, 2020
This echoes a report the firm published 13 months ago, which found that 47 percent of institutional investors surveyed “view digital assets as having a place in their investment portfolios.” This was not expanded on, but Bitcoin seems to be the most common investment mentioned.
Some of the surveyed investors supportive of crypto assets said that they see digital assets as innovative technologies and a non-correlated investment that could add to the risk-return profile of their portfolios.
We’re seeing adoption already happening.
As reported by CryptoSlate in May, hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones, worth in excess of $5 billion, said that the ongoing fiscal and monetary stimulus is proving the value of Bitcoin. He called the asset the “fastest horse in the race” amid this money printing. Jones added that the digitization of currency caused by COVID-19 and by the phasing out of cash will boost BTC too.
And it isn’t only Jones.
The CME’s Bitcoin futures market has also seen consistent growth quarter-over-quarter. CME data shared by Bitwise’s Hunter Horsley indicates that the average daily open interest for the Bitcoin futures market in Q1 2020 was at an all-time high of 4,902 contracts, the equivalent of nearly 25,000 coins.
The idea goes that with investors with clout like Jones entering the market, the “career risk for those considering” Bitcoin as an investment or career path has dropped dramatically, opening the market to even more investment from both retail and institutional players alike.
The institutional players flooding into the Bitcoin market are ignoring warnings from prominent firms and individuals in the investing world.
Just last week, the multinational banking and financial services giant Goldman Sachs conducted a client call entitled “Implications of Current Policies for Inflation, Gold, and Bitcoin.”
While there were some in the industry expecting the firm to laud Bitcoin, the two executives at Goldman Sachs and the Harvard professor that hosted the call did the exact opposite.
According to slides leaked online, talking points included the arguments that Bitcoin is a non-cash-flow-generating asset, does not properly hedge against risks of inflation, and does not “provide consistent diversification benefits given their unstable correlations.” It was also mentioned that the cryptocurrency enables crime, with the presenters discussing PlusToken and dark web markets.
“We don’t recommend gold on a strategic or tactical basis for clients’ investment portfolios. We don’t recommend bitcoin on a strategic or tactical basis,” was the presenters’ conclusion on BTC.
Other critics include Warren Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha himself.
The billionaire investor has critiqued cryptocurrencies time and time again, often when he appears at his yearly shareholder conference.
This time around, he said in the wake of his lunch with Tron’s Justin Sun that “cryptocurrencies basically have no value,” saying their only use case is to be sold for someone else at a higher price.
“You can’t do anything with it except sell it to somebody else. But then that person’s got the problem.”
Buffett’s latest comments come a year after he said that Bitcoin is an industry for charlatans and that BTC only has as much intrinsic value as his suit button.
Multibillion-dollar fund manager Paul Tudor Jones II revealed this week his firm is holding Bitcoin to protect against inflation in the future.
Banking giant Goldman Sachs held its highly anticipated client call today, in which the topic of cryptocurrency was floated.
The past few months have been the worst months for many economies around the world since the Great Depression.
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On June 2, more than $220 million worth of long and short contracts were liquidated on BitMEX.
The Bitcoin price surged by more than 191 percent in the past three months.
Despite Bitcoin being down roughly 50 percent from its all-time highs, the vast majority of the benchmark cryptocurrency’s investors are profitable, with its immense climb from its March lows of $3,800 bolstering their profitability.