Ethereum Could Touch $10,500 After Crypto Rises to Record High: Fundstrat Global

Ethereum Could Touch $10,500 After Crypto Rises to Record High: Fundstrat Global

Fundstrat Global Advisors strategist David Grider predicts that the price of ethereum could rally to $10,500 per unit after the cryptocurrency set a new all-time high on Tuesday. The estimate implies a near 700% upside on the current ether price hanging above the $1,300 range.

According to Grider, ether (ETH) – the second largest digital asset after bitcoin (BTC) – will continue to benefit from its relationship with decentralized finance (defi) applications, the majority of which are built on the Ethereum blockchain, and have seen massive growth in 2020.

He also premised his prediction on the recent upgrade to the Ethereum network, which is targeting to become a blockchain for an entire financial system. When fully completed, he said, the three-part upgrade would allow the blockchain to process the same number of transactions as those done by the likes of Mastercard Inc. and Visa Inc.

“Ether is the best risk/reward investment play in crypto,” Grider was quoted as saying, adding that “blockchain computing may be the future of the cloud.” Risks may include delays in the network upgrade or the crypto market becoming bearish, said the report.

Ethereum shot 12% to a record high of nearly $1,440 on Tuesday, amid increased buying pressure.

Meanwhile, Luis Cuende, cofounder of the decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) Aragon, commented: “When thinking about what the Web 3.0 vision provides, institutional investors will recognise that although sovereign digital currency (BTC) is central, the importance of a programmable economy (ETH) should not be underestimated.”

He added: “ETH fundamentals are as robust as ever. Ethereum has actually found early product-market fit, and the protocol is making revenue. ETH is definitely maturing as an asset.”

Cuende sees ether bouncing between $2,500 and $7,500. He also believes that Ethereum rivals Polkadot, Cosmos, and NEAR “are well-positioned to capture a meaningful market share” until ETH 2.0 is complete.

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Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers Says Bitcoin ‘Is Here to Stay’

Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers Says Bitcoin 'Is Here to Stay'

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary and economist Larry Summers says bitcoin is here to stay despite the concerns by some that it may be a bubble. The former secretary asserts that bitcoin’s price fluctuations are in fact a sign of its resilience.

In his latest comments about bitcoin, Summers, who in 2016 became a senior adviser to Digital Currency Group, reiterates his position about the crypto and its underlying technology. Before the new remarks, Summers previously predicted that the “financial industry will adopt the technology underpinning bitcoin.”

Still, in his latest comments, Summers touches on the crypto’s fixed supply and how this is a factor behind its current rise. The former Secretary says:

I think people are going to move towards it, and as people move towards it, given the finiteness of its supply, that’s going to be a factor working to raise prices.

Although Summers refuses to predict the crypto’s future price, he does hint that this will likely go up, and “institutions like it.”

Meanwhile, in addition to bitcoin’s fixed supply, the former Secretary is also quoted as suggesting that factors like interest earned on bonds might have an effect on the crypto asset’s value. According to Summers, if the amount earned on bonds goes down, “people put less of their money into bonds and more of their money into other assets.”

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Multibillion Dollar Fund Manager Ruffer Sees Long Trend of Institutional Bitcoin Adoption

Multibillion Dollar Fund Manager Ruffer Sees Long Trend of Institutional Bitcoin Adoption

British investment management firm Ruffer has revealed that its bitcoin holdings now account for about 3% of its entire portfolio of approximately $29 billion. The firm believes that we are “at the foothills of a long trend of institutional adoption and financialization of bitcoin.”

A Long Trend of Institutional Bitcoin Adoption

Ruffer provided an update on the firm’s bitcoin investment this week in its Investment Manager’s Review for the period ending Dec. 31. The firm wrote:

We gained our bitcoin exposure via the Ruffer Multi Strategies Fund and two proxy equities in Microstrategy and Galaxy Digital. At the period end the combined exposure of these was just over 3%.

The firm noted that “In the short period since investing both stocks are up more than 100% and bitcoin is up 90%.”

On its website, Ruffer declared that its assets under management as of Dec. 31 was £21 billion (approximately $29 billion). A 3% allocation would mean the firm’s bitcoin holdings are now worth about £630 million ($861 million). Some media outlets reported that Ruffer’s bitcoin exposure now stands at 1 billion GBP ($1.4 billion). However, a Ruffer spokesperson confirmed to news.Bitcoin.com that the firm does not recognize that estimate.

Ruffer disclosed its bitcoin purchase of £550 million ($750 million) in November, which was initially 2.5% of the firm’s entire portfolio.

“Our rationale has been well-publicized but briefly, we have a history of using unconventional protections in our portfolio. This is another example, a small allocation to an idiosyncratic asset class which we think brings something significantly different to the portfolio,” Ruffer detailed, adding:

Due to zero interest rates the investment world is desperate for new safe-havens and uncorrelated assets. We think we are relatively early to this, at the foothills of a long trend of institutional adoption and financialisation of bitcoin.

While acknowledging the risks associated with bitcoin, Ruffer also sees growing signs of its increased adoption, which the firm believes will have a significant impact on the price of the cryptocurrency.

“Think of bitcoin’s bad reputation as a risk premium – as we move through the process of normalization, regulation, and institutionalization, the compression of this premium can have a dramatic effect on the price,” Ruffer noted. “If we are wrong, bitcoin will return to the shadows and we will lose money – this explains why we have kept the position size small but meaningful.”

Ruffer’s chairman, Jonathan Ruffer, said last week that the firm’s announcement regarding its bitcoin exposure “produced a smattering of responses.” He explained:

Our underlying reasoning is that bitcoin is becoming a challenger to gold’s standing as the one supra-currency, the thing to own when fiat currencies are kerplunked.

The chairman explained that his firm has “done much work on assessing the danger” of investing in bitcoin, “watching it for a longish time.” His firm came to a conclusion that “it is a unique beast as an emerging store of value, blending some of the benefits of technology and gold,” emphasizing, “Yes, it is a seemingly non-sensical asset – but one that makes absolute sense for how we see the world.”

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