A Year Ahead 2024

Two Global Milestones Shaping Digital Assets in 2024

2024 is poised to be a historically significant year for the cryptocurrency market, with marked developments on the institutional front pushing our industry further into bull territory.

We believe that two important factors will drive adoption in 2024. These factors are Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) and the Bitcoin halving. We have spent 10 years understanding and adapting to changes in the market.

We will view the year ahead through the lens of these two events.

1 . ETFs: A Game-Changer for Mainstream Adoption

It’s nearly a foregone conclusion that cryptocurrency Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) will continue to be the centerpiece of conversation in financial circles, as 2024 is likely the year we witness a seismic shift in the market with their passing.

A. Institutional Influx:

The long-awaited approval of crypto ETFs is likely to open the floodgates for institutional investors, bringing a tidal wave of capital into the market. Institutions have been cautiously observing the crypto space through 2023’s uptick, but the advent of ETFs would provide a regulated and familiar entry point, catalyzing a new era of institutional participation.

Representatives from BlackRock, Nasdaq, and the Securities and Exchange Commission recently met. They discussed rule changes needed for listing the bitcoin (BTC) ETF. This meeting aimed to boost the approval process.

B. Market Liquidity Boost:

ETFs, by design, require a basket of assets to be held, providing diversified exposure to the market. This could significantly impact liquidity in the crypto space, reducing volatility and creating a more stable trading environment. As institutional liquidity increases, retail investors may also benefit from reduced spreads and a more efficient market.

C. Retail Accessibility:

ETFs offer a user-friendly way for traditional investors to gain exposure to digital assets without the need for wallets or private key management, and an avenue for financial advisors to recommend crypto as part of an investment portfolio. This democratization of access could lead to a surge in retail participation, further driving market growth.

D. Regulatory Milestone:

The approval of crypto ETFs would mark a crucial regulatory milestone, along with whether cryptocurrencies will be classified as securities, signifying greater acceptance and recognition of digital assets by financial authorities worldwide. This stamp of approval could pave the way for more regulatory clarity, fostering a healthier and more secure environment for both investors and market participants. We recently published a relevant blog piece examining Regulatory Shifts in the Digital Asset Landscape.

2 . Bitcoin Halving: Unleashing the Potential as a Store of Value

Bitcoin’s halving events, occurring approximately every four years, are hardwired into its protocol and have historically been catalysts for significant market movements – which automatically decreases the supply of new coins in the open market – and traders are likely pricing in the event that’s next scheduled for April 2024.

Supply Constraints:

Bitcoin’s fixed supply of 21 million coins is a fundamental tenet of its design. The halving events, where the reward for miners is reduced by half, create artificial scarcity. As the available supply of BTC diminishes, the potential for increased demand, driven by growing institutional interest, could propel Bitcoin into new value ATHs.

Enterprise Adoption Tipping Point:

Institutions have increasingly viewed Bitcoin as a store of value, often dubbed “digital gold.” The upcoming halving could amplify this narrative, prompting institutions to reassess their portfolios and allocate more funds to Bitcoin as a hedge against inflation and economic uncertainty.

Price Surge Anticipation:

Historical trends indicate that Bitcoin tends to experience significant price surges in the wake of halving events, even if the price appreciation has gotten incrementally less pronounced with each instance. The anticipation of reduced supply and increased scarcity tends to drive speculative interest and investment. As history is likely to repeat itself, we’ll witness a sustained Bitcoin rally in the lead-up, however priced in the event is at end-of-year 2023.

Network Security Enhancement:

Halving events not only impact Bitcoin’s price but also play a crucial role in the security of the network. The reduced issuance forces miners to compete for a smaller reward, impacting their income from block rewards and transaction fees – crucial for confirming transactions and safeguarding the Bitcoin network.

Conclusion: Network effect: Driving acceptance

As we embark on the journey through 2024, the crypto market is primed with potential, similar to other notable inflection years like 2018 and 2021. The advent of ETFs and the forthcoming Bitcoin halving are poised to redefine the landscape, steering the digital asset industry toward unabated mainstream adoption as a major asset class, and inevitably bringing us closer to 1B people globally engaging with digital assets.

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