Wall Street crypto adaptation is booming. Well, the Bitcoin adaptation anyway.
In the past few months, the number of Wall Street investors and prominent companies dealing with the leading cryptocurrency and the blockchain technologies associated with it has increased again
Paul Tudor Jones, a multi-billion dollar investor known for outperforming markets in the 1970s and the Great Recession, kicked off this year’s half-year. In a research note, he revealed that he believes Bitcoin is the „fastest horse in the race“ in a world where inflation is rampant.
This has been confirmed by a number of other prominent Wall Street veterans – including those inside and outside the crypto space. This list includes Stanley Druckermiller, Rick Rieder, Mike Novogratz and Raoul Pal, among others.
So far, however, altcoins have not yet gained a foothold among institutional players, apart from their role as a technology to be used.
Top managers in the space industry expect this to change in the coming months.
Ethereum is growing in popularity on Wall Street, according to Grayscale MD
Michael Sonnenhein of Grayscale Investments believes that Ethereum will likely become more attractive as an „asset class“ with more institutional players. Sonnenhein on this topic:
“As 2020 progresses, we are seeing a new group of investors who are in Ethereum first and in some cases only Ethereum. There is growing belief about Ethereum as an asset class. “
In the same interview, he added that he believes Ethereum has reached a point where its enduring value is sort of similar to Bitcoin’s.
This is largely due in part to the rise of decentralized finance (DeFi), which has made a home on Ethereum as opposed to other smart, contract-focused blockchains.
Ethereum is home to the vast majority of major DeFi applications, as measured by the total value and the value of their native cryptocurrencies.
As DeFi Pulse shows, Ethereum is home to MakerDAO, Wrapped Bitcoin, Compound, Aave, Uniswap and the other about 20 top DeFi apps.
Many expect this to continue due to the sustained positive trends in the DeFi area and simple network effects.