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Bank of America is bullish on crypto and says it’s too large to ignore

While critics remain doubtful of crypto’s longevity, Bank of America (BoA) revealed its bullish outlook on the long-term prospects of digital currencies.

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Wed, 06 Oct 2021, 10:18 am UTC

The crypto market rally sent prices of Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and other coins to new all-time highs earlier this year as both retail and institutional investors flock into the space. While critics remain doubtful of crypto’s longevity, Bank of America (BoA) revealed its bullish outlook on the long-term prospects of digital currencies.

In a report published on Monday, Bank of America said that the digital asset sector is too large to ignore. The bank also believes Bitcoin adoption worldwide to continue adding value to the crypto as well as altcoins.

“At $2.1tn, the digital asset ecosystem aggregate market value is now larger than the GDP of Italy or Canada,” BoA said. “We expect further value creation as bitcoin is increasingly adopted, alternative coins/tokens enable new applications and a pipeline of Venture Capital-backed private companies reach public markets.”

While some investors are concerned over increased scrutiny by regulators, BoA remains bullish and believes that regulation won’t stop crypto’s adoption. “Despite potential regulatory headwinds (maybe tailwinds ultimately), we are bullish on the long-term prospects for the digital asset ecosystem as it enters the mainstream,” the bank said. “We anticipate significant growth as digital asset use cases move beyond bitcoin’s store of value thesis to an industry characterized by product innovation, regulatory clarity, increased institutional participation, and mainstream adoption.”

Blockchain has been described as game-changing for the financial and other sectors. BoA is likewise optimistic new yet-undiscovered use cases for Bitcoin and other cryptos will be created in the future contributing to a thriving digital asset ecosystem.

“It’s difficult to overstate how transformative blockchain technology, digital assets, and the thousands of decentralized apps that have yet to be created could potentially be,” the bank said. “We expect rapid changes to the current market structure – new use cases will be discovered and others will be discarded.”

The bank offered two major reasons for its bullish stance on crypto. Based on historical data, BoA projects that adoption could skyrocket along with the creation of new applications.

“We are only in the first innings of a major change in applications across most industries that will take place over the next 30 years, in our view,” BoA said. “Estimates indicate about 221mn users globally as of Jun’21 have traded a cryptocurrency or used a blockchain-based application, up from 66mn at the end of May’20.”

The second reason is that new advancements in blockchain technology could usher in a new breed of companies. “Due to technological advances in decentralized software that is native to the internet, a new medium – with distributed ledgers and blockchain at its core – is emerging rapidly,” BoA said. “The applications built on this new software architecture appear to be growing more quickly than past technologies. New companies are likely to emerge and poorly positioned companies will exit, creating significant upside potential for some and downside for others.”

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