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Bitcoin could reach $225,000 by 2021

Morgan Creek Digital Assets’ Anthony Pompliano outlines key fundamentals that may trigger Bitcoin price action.

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Popularly known Crypto hedge fund manager and co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital Assets, Anthony Pompliano, recently revealed some key strategies on how the world’s flagship crypto, Bitcoin, could reach $225,000 by 2021.

In his most recent letter to investors, the hedge fund manager outlined key fundamentals that may trigger such price action in the not too distant future by saying:

“The average investor fears inflation right now, regardless of whether we actually see that inflation or not. This fear has driven significant capital flows into inflation-hedge assets (Gold, Bitcoin, Real estate, etc). The combination of the Fed’s asset price manipulation and inflation fears have driven gold and Bitcoin to drastically outperform equities and other commodities.

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“Let’s first look at the demand side of the equation. The macro-environment is serving as a tailwind. Bitcoin is up more than 50% year-to-date. The continued 0 rate environment and QE will continue to drive demand. Additionally, we are seeing traditional asset management firms start to make the leap into owning Bitcoin.

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“Fidelity Investments recently published a paper showing a positive impact for 1%-5% Bitcoin allocation in clients’ portfolios. Stone Ridge ($10B asset manager) now owns $115M in Bitcoin.

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“Paul Tudor Jones publicly revealed that he has put 2% of assets into Bitcoin. Multiple public pensions in the US have now gained exposure to Bitcoin via fund managers. Grayscale, the largest digital asset investment manager, saw record inflows of $1B+ in 3Q20 and now has almost $6B in total AUM.”

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Why it matters: The world’s economy now looks to be heading toward the insolvency phase, meaning that crypto traders, and global investors are now wary that pre-COVID-19  global economic growth will take longer than anticipated, thereby leading popular companies to hedge against currency devaluation and inflation via investing in digital assets like Bitcoin. Coupled with the bias, there is a fixed amount of BTCs to satisfy the huge appetite prevalent in institutional investors.

READ: 3 Tron investors transfer 719,000,000 cryptos

Anthony Pompliano also gave key insights on why bitcoin’s high demand, in spite of its fixed amount of supply, might just signal the push in price value next year. He said:

“This increase in demand is just starting in my opinion. We can list all of the leading, forward-thinking firms in only two paragraphs. Eventually, their peers will join them. The demand outlook is strong, and it shows signs of actually accelerating into the first half of 2021.

READ: Publicly traded companies own 601,000 Bitcoins, gain $500 million

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“More than 60% of all Bitcoin in circulation today have not changed hands in the last 12 months. This means that the majority of Bitcoin investors stomached multiple double-digit price movements, both up and down, and continued to hold the asset.

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“You could evaluate this situation as (a) demand is increasing significantly, (b) the supply shock is making Bitcoin more scarce, and (c) the available float is much smaller than people actually realize. This framework leads me to believe that we are going to see a violent upward movement in the Bitcoin price by the end of 2021. My base case is approximately 10x to $100,000 and the bull case is around $250,000 per Bitcoin.”

Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment Trading. Featured Financial Market Analysis for a Fortune Global 500 Company. Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society. Follow Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina or email [email protected]

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Ripple suffers highest day percentage loss since September 3

Ripple’s crypto-asset, XRP was trading at $0.62215 by 00:01 (05:01 GMT)  down 10.29% on the day.

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In line with the law of gravity, what goes up must come down at one point in time. Ripple the third most valuable crypto by market value has suffered its largest one-day percentage loss since September 3.

READ: How BTC Whales can push BTC market value to $1 trillion

  • Ripple’s crypto-asset, XRP was trading at $0.62215 by 00:01 (05:01 GMT), down 10.29% on the day.
  • The move downwards pushed XRP’s market cap down to $28.6 Billion or 5.08% of the total cryptocurrency market cap.
  • At its highest point in 2017, XRP’s market capitalization was $31.58 Billion.
  • XRP had traded in a range of $0.62057 to $0.70711 in the previous twenty-four hours

READ: Ripple lets go 1,000,000,000 XRP valued at $240 million

That said, the bullish run presently in play is largely attributed to Ripple’s most recent earning reports, disclosing it purchased a large quantity of XRP coin worth $45.5 million in Q3 2020, as part of its efforts to support the crypto market.

READ: NASD OTC market capitalization hits N538.12 billion, as investors gain N9.22 billion

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What you should know

Ripple’s XRP is often tagged as the “remittance network” and currency exchange that independent servers authenticate. The currency traded is known as XRP and transfer times are super fast.

Ripple (XRP) plays dual roles as a payment platform and a currency. The platform is an open-source platform that was created to allow quick and cheap transactions.

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Big investors prepare to offload some Bitcoins

Ki Young Ju recently warned on the high influx of Bitcoin holders moving a significant portion of their BTC holdings.

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A well-revered crypto strategist and Chief Executive Officer of Crypto Quant, Ki Young Ju, recently warned on the high influx of big-time Bitcoin holders moving a significant portion of their BTC holdings to a well-known crypto exchange, Coinbase, obviously to cash out, amid the bullish trend currently in play.

  • At the time of writing this report, Bitcoin traded at $18,813.28 with a daily trading volume of $50 Billion.
  • BTC price is up 2.5% in the last 24 hours. It has a circulating supply of 19 Million coins and a max supply of 21 Million coins.

READ: Bitcoin whale transfers $105 million worth of crypto, BTC trading at $15,800

The Head of the blockchain intelligence platform further anticipated the likelihood for Bitcoin to go through a period of correction as more investors deposit their BTC on Coinbase.

Too many BTC whales on Coinbase. I’m still long-term bullish, but we might face some corrections or sideways until whales become inactive on spot exchanges.

READ: 2,257 investors globally own at least 1,000 Bitcoins

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“Exchange Whale Ratio is the relative size of the top 10 inflows to total inflows. Historical data for Coinbase Whale Ratio. When whales are active (over 90%) on Coinbase, the BTC price will likely be going sideways or bearish.”

However, the top crypto strategist, Willy Woo, warned that the presence of whales in exchanges was no longer a strong indicator of a market sell-off.

READ: Over $20 billion pumped into crypto market by big investors

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“It used to be that peaks in destruction or dormancy would be a bad sign for the market as old coins have more experienced masters, thus smarter money; this would predict a price drop. These days not always, OG whales also sell bottoms. Smarter money has arrived.”

READ: Investors are rushing into cryptos, as market capitalization surges to $323 billion

Bottom line

Taking into consideration the bullish trend currently in play at the world’s flagship crypto market, Nairametrics’ view on Bitcoin remains bullish at least for the mid-term. However, the price needs to cool off at least temporarily, but the timing of such consolidation is pretty unknown, as it could be only for a few days or a protracted consolidation for another week or even longer is hard to tell right now.

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Ripple adds Bank of America to payment network

Ripple on its recently updated website disclosed that a leading American bank is now on its payment network, RippleNet.

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Ripple on its recently updated website disclosed that a leading American bank, Bank of America is now on its payment network RippleNet, known for the startup’s global payment network of banks and leading financial institutions and arch-rival of the SWIFT network.

The fast-growing fintech company gave insights into its growing membership of leading financial firms using its payment network

“The RippleNet Membership is a network of leading financial institutions that partner together to collectively and democratically govern and evolve RippleNet. These institutions work to standardize global cross border transactions…

“It creates a community, regionally and globally, where members can learn and share insights and best practices as their use of RippleNet grows, and build new commercial relationships with other members.”

What you must know: RippleNet is a network of institutional payment-providers that include banks and payment providers that use solutions developed by Ripple to provide a seamless experience to send money worldwide.

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  • RippleNet uses a leverage of cutting-edge blockchain technology in streamlining payments services that help in reducing costs.
  • It should also be added that On-Demand Liquidity (ODL), Ripple’s XRP-powered cross-border payments product, is available in the US, Mexico, Europe, the Philippines, and Australia.

Recall that some weeks ago, Nairametrics released reports on how Ripple, the fast-growing fintech juggernaut and owner of XRP, disclosed that its global payments network, RippleNet, was already live in 55 countries including Nigeria, with XRP remittances live in five continents.

RippleNet also stated that its service offerings were available in 95 currency pairs, according to the fintech’s redesigned website

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