Has the buzz around Bitcoin been terminally shattered? Since the turn of 2019, the virtual currency has traded within a tight £300 range and in recent days reclaimed the important $4,000 milestone. Welcome relief, in one sense, for investors who were burned by the shocking price declines of last year. But deeply concerning that dip buyers haven’t been tempted to pile in en masse.
It could be said that market makers are simply sitting on the sidelines for some possibly game-changing developments for Bitcoin this year.
The possibility that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could finally approve a cryptocurrency-based ETF, a development that would give the asset class some much-needed legitimacy and attract big investment from institutional investors, is seen as one of the biggest possible price drivers in the coming months. A decision here could possibly be made in the next few weeks.
But what happens if the SEC continues to bat away requests to sign off on an ETF? Concerns over how well protected holders of virtual currencies will only grow and grow. And right now, scepticism over the crypto sector (worsened by the QuadrigaCX debacle late last year which saw tens of millions of dollars essentially disappear into thin air following the death of its founder) is at fever pitch.
On paper I can totally see why fans of Bitcoin and virtual currencies in general have the potential to thrive in an increasingly-dynamic and digitalised world. As an investment, though, it’s completely mad in my opinion — there’s still too many practical problems that have to be solved before it can be considered a sensible asset, and I’m not sure that we will ever get there.
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