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Bitcoin Carnage “Much More Attractive” for Institutions, Big Inflow Expected

  • Joseph Young
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    🐻😍💪According to Anthony Pompliano, the Bitcoin bear market has been proven to be much more attractive for institutional investors.

Bitcoin Carnage “Much More Attractive” for Institutions, Big Inflow Expected
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Throughout the 15-month bear market during which the Bitcoin price plunged by over 80 percent against the U.S. dollar, the Bitcoin market has seen a high inflow of capital from both institutional and retail investors.

Anthony Pompliano, the founder and partner at Morgan Creek Digital who led the entrance of the first two public U.S. pension funds into the cryptocurrency market, said that the Bitcoin bear market has been “much more attractive for institutions.”

He said:

Pension funds are going to pour into crypto. The non-correlated, asymmetric return profile of the asset is the exact solution that they need to save them from their underfunded status.

Why Bitcoin Bear Market Has Proven to be More Attractive For Investors

The pace of institutionalization in the Bitcoin market in a period of 10 years since its inception in 2009 has been relatively slow.

However, in the past three months, the cryptocurrency market has arguably seen more progress in institutionalization than in the past eight years from 2009 to 2017.

While only two U.S. public pension funds have invested in the cryptocurrency sector to date, an annual report from Grayscale, a subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, disclosed that more than $250 million were invested by institutions throughout 2018.

The report, which revealed that $359 million were invested in crypto through Grayscale, read:

We saw that retirement accounts comprised a higher percentage of total demand for Grayscale products in the fourth quarter (40%), while institutional investors continued to be the dominant source of inflows for 2018 (66%).

Bitcoin Carnage “Much More Attractive” for Institutions, Big Inflow Expected

Caption: Rapid Growth of Institutional Investment in Crypto (Source: Grayscale.co)

As said by Pompliano, it is entirely possible that the substantial decline in the prices of cryptocurrencies triggered by the 80 percent plunge in the Bitcoin price led investors, particularly institutions, to become more interested in the asset class.

Prior to the 2018 bear market, many blockchain projects and tokens were valued at billions of dollars. Even projects without live products or working prototypes were able to secure billion dollar market caps due to the rising speculation in the market.

In 15 months, the valuation of the cryptocurrency market has dropped by around 85 percent with tokens and small market cap assets recording gains in the range of 95 to 99 percent.

Bitcoin Carnage “Much More Attractive” for Institutions, Big Inflow Expected

Caption: 17-Month Chart of the Valuation of the Cryptocurrency Market (Source: Coinmarketcap.com)

The bear market has left investors with more attractive and justifiable investment opportunities in a lower price range and a solid platform for investors who felt they had missed out during the 2017 bull market.

Big Inflow of Capital Expected

Hundreds of millions of dollars are estimated to have been invested by institutional investors in the U.S. alone in the past 12 months.

In comparison to the volume of the global cryptocurrency exchange market, the estimated $300 million figure is comparatively small.

But, as billionaire investor Mike Novogratz said, it is a solid foundation for other institutional investors to dive into the cryptocurrency market and in the mid-term it could lead more institutions to invest in the market.

What is going to happen is, one of these intrepid pension funds, somebody who is a market leader, is going to say, you know what? We’ve got custody, Goldman Sachs is involved, Bloomberg has an index I can track my performance against, and they’re going to buy. And all of the sudden, the second guy buys. The same FOMO that you saw in retail [will be demonstrated by institutional investors],” he said.

The emergence of major financial institutions in the likes of Fidelity, ICE, and Bakkt has further fueled the confidence of institutions in the U.S. market and most importantly, has served as evidence that cryptocurrencies as an asset class is not a fad.

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Ripple’s Market Cap Further Slips Behind Ethereum as XRP Price Prediction Stalls

  • Jack Thomas
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    📊👀Ripple’s Market cap, through its XRP token, was ahead of Ethereum at a few stages, but its price prediction has slowed and come under pressure from resistance below the $0.33 mark, and in doing so, Ethereum has pushed higher into second place

Ripple’s Market Cap Further Slips Behind Ethereum as XRP Price Prediction Stalls
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Ripple, and its native token XRP, have been stuck in a bit of a price vacuum over the past few weeks and months as many other coins have managed to break such marks. Sitting between $0.30 and $0.33, XRP has actually started to even lose ground on Ethereum in terms of market cap.

The third-ranked coin by market cap has in the past managed to over take the smart contracted-based blockchain as it surged in interest and growth in the recent past, but now it has fallen back by nearly $2 billion.

In terms of price prediction, XRP has a lot of hope and positivity surrounding Ripple’s efforts to make it a staple of banks going into the digital age, but it has stalled in its own growth recently, which is surprising seeing as other altcoins have doubled in 2019 alone.

XRP’s sticky situation

There was a small drop in the market last week which was halted when Bitcoin managed to keep above $4,000, but XRP also tested an important resistance. After testing the $0.3000 support, XRP’s price started a short term rebound against the dollar.

The price traded above the $0.3050 and $0.3080 resistance levels. The price even traded above the $0.3100 level, but it faced a strong resistance near the $0.3120 level. Besides, the price even failed to test the $0.3120 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. A high was formed at $0.3113, and later the price started a downside move.

XRP is especially low currently, testing its floor rather than the ceiling, which has been seen closer to the $0.33 mark, but what is not helping the coin get past any of these resistance marks is its drop in market cap.

Ethereum taking the initiative

It is difficult to tell if Ethereum is making ground on XRP’s market cap based on its own growth – which has not been astronomical in terms percentage gains in the last few weeks – or if it has to do with XRP losing its own worth and value in the eyes of the market.

Ethereum is facing some major changes in the near future, and it could be that early investors are starting to look for a cheap deal as they prepare for the Casper upgrade and the change to Proof of Stake. Ethereum is bound to make big ground when that happens.

Ripple may not admit it, but having XRP as the second ranked coin above Ethereum would be a big deal for them as it adds a lot of legitimacy in the general market and helps in boosting their own worth and value as a company looking for more partnerships.

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