BTC is coming to the conclusion of one of the leading years in the short history of its.
The bitcoin price has surged through 2020, reclaiming its 2017 all-time highs after finding support from Wall Street and some of the world’s biggest investors.
Right now, with the bitcoin as well as cryptocurrency community looking ahead to a slew of developments in 2021 – like the much anticipated launch of Facebook’s bitcoin inspired cryptocurrency and potentially industry defining U.S. cryptocurrency laws – Wall Street giant Wells Fargo WFC +1.5 % has said it expects to be “discussing the digital asset area more” following year.
“Over the previous 12 years, [bitcoin and cryptocurrencies] have risen from literally nothing to $560 billion in market capitalization,” John LaForge, head of natural asset strategy at Wells Fargo, wrote in an investment strategy report this week.
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LaForge pointed to bitcoin’s 170 % gain this season – “that’s on top of the ninety % gain it had in 2019” – naming cryptocurrency investing as “a bit like living in the first days of the 1850’s gold rush, which involved even more speculating over investing.”
And also speculative interest from regular investors, bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have noticed a surge in take-up from the likes of payments giants PayPal and Square this year – one thing that’s anticipated to have a direct impact in 2021.
“2021 definitely centers around continual advancements in continuity between regular marketplaces and crypto markets,” Pierce Crosby, general manager at financial data company TradingView, said via email.
“A perfect example would be Square’s SQ +4.9 % bitcoin offering or perhaps PayPal’s PYPL +2.2 % payment via crypto. There are plenty of such use cases for crypto, so we expect these to grow quickly in the coming year. Trading will all the same be reflective of this particular adoption curve; the higher the adoption, the more bullish the complete trading blend is going to be, that is a bullish bottom case for the major crypto assets.”
Bitcoin‘s volatility took “center stage” this season according to Crosby, with the bitcoin priced falling to lows of about $4,000 per bitcoin throughout the March coronavirus crash before sharply rebounding, but added it’s “almost impossible to pass around the’ Summer of DeFi,’ which echoed the original coin offering (ICO) boom back in 2017.”
Ethereum, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency by value following bitcoin, has soared by 300 % over the past twelve weeks amid a flurry of interest in decentralized finance (DeFi) – using crypto expertise to recreate traditional monetary instruments including insurance as well as loans with many DeFi projects built along with the ethereum network.
“From the trading viewpoint, virtually all of the year’s focus has been on yield and structured products, we’ve observed a major trend of futures goods and choices items come to market, and it’s likely more will follow soon,” Crosby said.
“We have noticed some of the’ edge case’ crypto-assets be mainstream also, and this should remain in the new year.”