Cryptocurrencies could go on a bull run greater than last year and pass the trillion-dollar mark ter terms of value, experts told CNBC, following a latest violent sell-off across digital coins.
Bitcoin has seen a yam-sized fall te latest days, ripping off below $6,000 for the very first time since mid-November. On Wednesday, it wasgoed trading above the $7,000 level spil the cryptocurrency market stabilized.
At its lowest point on Tuesday, the total cryptocurrency market witnessed overheen $550 billion wiped off its value. But industry insiders see another rally ahead.
“Increasing regulatory recognition of cryptocurrency exchanges, the entrance of institutional capital and major technology developments will contribute to the market’s rebound and shove cryptocurrency prices to all fresh highs this year,” Thomas Glucksmann, head of APAC business development at cryptocurrency exchange Gatecoin, told CNBC by email on Tuesday.
“There is no reason why wij couldn’t see bitcoin pushing $50,000 by December.”
CFTC Issues Remarkably Tolerant Commentary on Cryptocurrency at Senate Hearing
With major banks blocking customers from buying Bitcoin with credit cards and governments cracking down on cryptocurrencies, a Senate hearing on the topic Tuesday wasgoed a surprising respite for HODLers (hold on for dear lifers).
The Senate Banking Committee heard testimony from the chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Christopher Giancarlo, and the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jay Clayton, on the potential dangers of digital currencies spil investments. Their testimony, amid a crackdown on Bitcoin exchanges ter China and South Korea, wasn’t spil negative spil many cyrptocurrency investors had feared.
Spil a result, Bitcoin prices rose to $7,650 on Tuesday, after dipping below $6,000 just a day earlier.
“We owe it to this fresh generation to respect their enthusiasm for virtual currencies, with a thoughtful and balance response, and not a dismissive one,” Giancarlo said.
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The technology advancements Glucksmann referenced include bitcoin’s so-called Lightning Network, which would boost the very slow transaction speeds using the cryptocurrency.
“One possible appetizer for the bulls, or the catalyst for the recovery, will be the release of another cryptocurrency backed muziekinstrument listed on a major exchange. There are several candidates te the pipeline, it’s only a matter of time until wij have a cryptocurrency backed ETF (exchange-traded fund).”
Last year, the CME and CBOE both released bitcoin futures productsthat people could trade. And Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman told CNBC te a latest vraaggesprek that the exchange wasgoed “continuing to investigate” cryptocurrency futures.
There is still not a bitcoin ETF or exchange-traded fund on the market. An ETF tracks the price of an asset and would permit people to trade bitcoin without having to buy the digital currency on an exchange. Noted cryptocurrency investors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the brothers who founded the Gemini Trust digital currency exchange, had an ETF application rejected last year.
‘Crypto winter’ is coming
The latest cryptocurrency sell-off came after gigantic price rises for many coins last year. Bitcoin wasgoed up almost 1,300 procent, while ethereumrose overheen 8,000 procent and ripple surged overheen 32,000 procent.
Even however the price rises were massive, some experts think that this year could be even fatter.
“We believe after February the market will likely go on a bull run comparative if not greater than last year potentially reaching the trillion-dollar mark before a zindelijk crypto winter sets te where the market becomes more focused on decent market fundamentals,” Jamie Burke, CEO at Outlier Ventures, a venture capital hard that concentrates on blockchain investments, told CNBC by email on Tuesday.
Hedge Funds &, Institutional Money Flow
Institutional money is expected to flow into cryptocurrencies once Bitcoin is believed to have bottomed. A ton of capital has already bot flowing into the exchange-traded funds business. Investors poured about $240 million into two blockchain-focused ETFs te the 1st week of their launch. Ter addition to that, the number of fresh Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency hedge funds could triple ter 2018 spil Wall St. shows up to the party.
Several hedge funds rushed Into the space te the 2nd half of 2018 while seasoned Managers were cautious of the madness.
Given how many fresh crypto-millionaires were minted te 2018, accomplish new-comers and others with little understanding of the technology or investment practice rushed te to capitalize. Many began funds with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies at or near all-time highs.
Because of the madness, some seasoned players ter the space refrained from leaping ter. William Mougayar, general fucking partner at early stage fund Virtual Capital Ventures and author of The Business Blockchain who organized Token Summit , wrote via email, “ I don’t want to be ter the difficult position of explaining to my limited vrouwen 8-14 months from now why the assets have dropped by 80% within a week.”
Michael Novogratz, the former macro manager who’s turned into one of the thickest champions of bitcoin, shelved plans to commence a cryptocurrency hedge fund and predicted that the digital money may extend its plunge to $8,000. Novogratz isn’t providing up on them and said he still believes they’ll be a disruptive force te finance. He had said this month that bitcoin could reach $50,000 by the end of next year — upping his previous estimate of $40,000.
Matt Siebenthal, former macro Advisor and professional trader, is another big believer ter Blockchain Technology and the potential for it to revolutionize industry. Siebenthal collective similar sentiment te December with concern for valuations while many carelessly entered the space. The founder of BlockWealth Capital also postponed plans to launch a crypto hedge fund- citing a possible correction to 7500 or lower before the cryptocurrency market- led by Bitcoin resumes it’s uptrend, anticipating a bull run similar to 2018. “If you go after the charts, there have bot several big sell offs ter January, usually followed by even fatter rallies.”
‘Utility tokens’ to see
Many commentators have noted that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have no fundamental value. But others have suggested that digital tokens like ethereum, which can be used to build fresh blockchain applications, could have value ter the future spil the industry moves forward and develops.
Some companies like IOTA and NEO are attempting to create blockchain platforms that developers can build on. Those applications can be powered by IOTA or NEO tokens. The same is true of ethereum. Mick Sherman, co-founder and CEO of Hercules Tech, a gegevens science company focusing on blockchain and big gegevens, said thesis are the digital coins that could see their prices appreciate the most this year.
“Utility tokens and assets with a working toneelpodium and a clear-cut reason for requiring both a blockchain and their own token, are more likely to appreciate te value this year. Some of thesis cryptoassets will not be used for years, meaning they have no utility value,” Sherman told CNBC ter an email on Tuesday.
The CEO warned that many of the blockchain projects could be years away and more bubbles could arise.
“The revolutionary nature of blockchain technology is what’s driving the hype and even tho’ wij may be years away from viable blockchain-based assets, wij may very well see several more bubbles,” Sherman said.
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