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Bitcoin Could Become Preferred Currency for International Trade: Citi Analysts

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Mon, 03/01/2021 - 10:33
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Yuri Molchan
Recent analytics report from Citi states that Bitcoin may be moving toward becoming a mainstream means of exchange, here's how it may happen
Bitcoin Could Become Preferred Currency for International Trade: Citi Analysts
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Reuters has reported that analysts at Citibank, which belongs to the Citigroup multinational investment bank and financial services corporation, have written that, in the future, Bitcoin could turn into the preferred currency for international trade.

"Bitcoin is at a tipping point"

Citi analysts believe that Bitcoin appears to be at a "tipping point." The flagship crypto could either become the preferred means of exchange for international trade or suffer a "speculative implosion."

Bitcoin's explosive transformation to becoming mainstream is likely provoked by Mastercard and Tesla embracing BTC recently.

As a reminder, in early February, the company run by Elon Musk announced that it had allocated a gargantuan $1.5 billion into Bitcoin. Mastercard also recently stated that it is preparing to expose merchants to Bitcoin payments.

Institutional involvement with Bitcoin is soaring

Another positive factor for potential Bitcoin growth, the report says, is that interest from financial institutions is becoming stronger and more focused this yearcompared to the massive interest from retail investors only for about ten years prior to January.

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Here's what Bitcoin needs for mass commercial adoption now

The report also states that Bitcoin is likely to start being utilized in international commerce if central banks begin to launch their own digital cash and stablecoins.

In that case, Bitcoin's global adoption and potential for quick cross-border payments for commerce may increase greatly.

Citi analysts admit that there are plenty of risks and barriers for Bitcoin's progress in global adoption. However, the number of opportunities that can be seen among these potential obstacles lead them to believe that Bitcoin could be at the tipping point.

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About the author

Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at yuri.molchan@u.today.