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Bitcoin’s market value can reach $600 billion – JP Morgan Chase

JP Morgan Chase has highlighted the recent $100 million Bitcoin buy from the leading global insurer MassMutual as a significant turning point.

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America’s biggest and most valuable bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co, recently stated that if institutional investors from emerged markets allocated 1% of assets to Bitcoin, that would result in additional Bitcoin demand of $600 billion.

This means bitcoin could almost double in valuation as it presently stands at $356 billion.

READ: You can now buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, Uniswap through Apple Pay

JPMorgan also revealed that the flagship crypto would attract more attention from institutional investors, and further buying pressures from such investors.

What this means: The leading financial juggernaut highlighted the recent $100 million Bitcoin buy from leading global insurer MassMutual as a significant turning point.

READ: America’s biggest bank, JPMorgan Chase outperforms in Q3

The report as retrieved from Bloomberg gave an in-depth analysis on why the odds are now with the flagship crypto asset trading near record highs.

“MassMutual’s Bitcoin purchases represent another milestone in the Bitcoin adoption by institutional investors,” JPMorgan strategists said. “One can see the potential demand that could arise over the coming years as other insurance companies and pension funds follow MassMutual’s example.”

READ: Bitcoin jumpstarts strongly, daily trading volume hits $25 billion

“Bitcoin has dipped after hitting a record at the start of December but remains in sight of the $20,000 level, which it has yet to reach. Proponents argue the cryptocurrency is gaining more recognition as a portfolio diversifier amid dollar weakness, somewhat akin to gold. Others remain wary of such grand claims since the crypto world is prone to high volatility and bouts of scandal.”

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Recall that Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. recently bought about $100 million in Bitcoin for investment purposes.

  • The insurance giant acquired a $5 million minority equity stake in NYDIG, a subsidiary of Stone Ridge that offers crypto services to institutional investors.
  • NYDIG presently has about $2.3 billion in crypto assets under management, which would also help in facilitating custody services for MassMutual’s Bitcoins.

“The investment in Bitcoin will represent 0.04% of the general investment account of nearly $235 billion as of September 30,” MassMutual said.

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Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment trading. Follow Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina. He is a Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society.

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VP Osinbajo disagrees with CBN, calls for crypto regulation

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had recently called for Crypto regulation knowing fully well the role Crypto play in the global financial ecosystem.

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The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has recently called for Crypto regulation knowing fully well the role Crypto plays in the global financial ecosystem as he opined that such disruption often makes room for progress.

Osinbajo also advised the SEC, and Central Bank of Nigeria in creating a regulatory road map, while fully appreciating the stance of the CBN, Nigerian SEC, and law enforcement agencies on the possible abuses of crypto assets.

The vice president further stressed the importance Cryptocurrencies would play in the coming years as they will most likely challenge traditional banking, including reserve banking, in ways the world hasn’t yet imagine, stressing the need for Nigeria in being prepared for such a seismic shift.

He also called for scaling up of government-private sector interventions because, “the task of national development requires that we fire on all cylinders, after all at one stage China was building 1.9m housing units per year.”

READ: Why Crypto black market is thriving in Nigeria

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Why a number of investors are trading stocks through blockchain

More than half (56%) of Robinhood account holders are considering leaving the platform as a result of the fiasco.

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The recent outrage by WallStreetBets over the temporary suspension of GameStop (GME) and a few other stocks has led a significant number of stock traders to seek other viable means of trading stocks.

Recent data retrieved from Fortune Magazine revealed that such fiasco which led to the suspension of trading such stocks by leading American stock trading app, Robinhood, has severely damaged its brand.

More than half (56%) of Robinhood account holders are considering leaving the platform as a result of the fiasco. 40% of Robinhood investors say they aren’t considering it, and 4% say they’ve already left the platform as a result of its stock limiting. It looks like Robinhood is learning the lesson Warren Buffett preached for years: “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

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Blockchain technology is already revolutionizing financial system services. This technology has made the need for a third party unnecessary in transactions or access to the stock market. Conventionally, buying stocks usually requires a stockbroker, paperwork, or a long list of financial assessments.

Unlike regularly traded stocks, tokenized stocks do not require any sort of paperwork or the need for a stockbroker as a middle-man, which makes them free from the stockbroker’s fees.

Tokenized stocks are derivatives assets. This simply means that the price of a tokenized stock is determined by the price of the company’s stock. If a particular asset is traded at a certain price on a stock market, the same price or a little difference in price will be traded on different exchanges.

Tokenized stocks are digitalized forms of a company’s stock traded on secondary markets. What this means is that Tesla, Apple, Facebook, etc. stocks can be traded on a crypto exchange. Trading Tesla’s stocks, for instance, on crypto exchanges makes it easily accessible to purchase anywhere.

READ: What bad stocks have in common with bitter relationships 

Tokenized Gold, Silver, Tesla, etc. are traded on FTX Exchange and other leading crypto exchanges where spot markets and futures can also be traded.

What you must know: The group tagged as the Wallstreetbets is a longstanding subreddit channel founded in 2012, where many Reddit users discuss highly speculative trading strategies and ideas.

  • The group has caused huge disruption to financial markets in the previous week, especially among institutional investors like Melvin Capital who recently recapitalized their fund amid its losing positions at Gamestop.
  • Stock traders are becoming concerned that hot trending stocks such as GameStop, rising at such an alarming rate might lead to great chaos at global financial markets, in the long run.

That said, tokenized stocks are traded round the clock like crypto assets, though the flip-side is, they can’t be liquidated when the traditional market is closed.

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