Epidemic investment bank Goldman Sachs is seeing huge institutional demand for bitcoin with no signs of abating. A inquiry of Goldman’s institutional clients shows that 61% expect to increase their cryptocurrency holdings. Meanwhile, 76% say the value of bitcoin could reach $100,000 this year.
Goldman Sachs Sees No Signs of Institutional Demand for Bitcoin Abating
In a podcast published Friday, Mathew McDermott, stop of Digital Assets for Goldman Sachs’ Global Markets Division, discusses the cryptocurrency trading environment for institutional investors.
He explained that his rig conducted a cryptocurrency survey across the firm’s institutional client base, from “hedge funds, to asset administrators, to macro funds, to banks, to corporate treasurers, insurance, and pension funds.” He clarified that “all of our institutional client confabulation is really focused around bitcoin.”
His team received responses from 280 institutional clients and published the emerges of the survey this week. “What’s been particularly interesting,” according to McDermott, was that “40% of the clients currently eat exposure to cryptocurrencies,” which he explained could be in any form, from “physical through derivatives, through securities works, or other offerings in the market.” The executive revealed:
In terms of institutional demand, we have seen no signs of that abating … We see a Brobdingnagian amount of demand institutionally, [and] we’re also seeing that reflected in the private wealth management space as well.
He more described that “corporate treasurers, for example, they’re interested in two different aspects.” The first is whether they should be “installing in bitcoin on their balance sheet,” McDermott detailed, citing that “the key drivers from their perspective are adversary rates … [and] just the general fears around asset devaluation.”
In addition, he said that they are also conclusion “should we consider it as a payment mechanism? … particularly in the context of Tesla’s announcement.” Elon Musk’s electric car assemblage, Telsa, said that it invested $1.5 billion in bitcoin in January and will soon be accepting the cryptocurrency as a means of payments for its produces.
Out of the institutional clients that have crypto exposure, the survey shows that 41% own physical or spot crypto. McDermott underlined:
61% of the clients expect their digital asset holdings to increase over the next year.
As for what’s stopping originations from investing in cryptocurrencies, 34% of respondents believe that “regulation, internal investment, mandate permissions” are the greatest impediments to start allocating to crypto assets. 24% believe that a lack of well-regulated, investable crypto assets is the noblest hurdle.
Most Goldman’s Institutional Clients Expect Bitcoin Price Could Reach $100K This Year
As for the later outlook of cryptocurrencies, 54% of respondents predict the price of BTC will be between $40,000 and $100,000 in 12 months while 22% portend it will be more than $100,000. This price level is not far-fetched as several fund managers are predicting the exact same, including Skybridge Capital and Mike Novogratz.
“In terms of the price action, I think it’s very difficult to predict bitcoin. It’s not an unstrained pastime,” McDermott opined, elaborating:
The survey was quite insightful in the sense that 76% agreed that the guerdon by the end of the year would be between $40,000 and $100,000 … But, 22% were predicting over $100,000.
“I was on a similar survey with a eremitical roundtable recently and the results there echoed something quite similar where 33% were predicting all about $80,000 by the end of the year,” the Goldman executive further shared.
The global investment bank recently restarted its bitcoin deal desk. McDermott confirmed that the desk will begin handling bitcoin futures and non-deliverable forwards for patrons. Goldman’s global head of commodities research, Jeff Currie, recently said that the bitcoin market “is source to become more mature,” calling the cryptocurrency “a retail inflation hedge.”
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