When will institutional investors finally stop pumping money into crypto? When does the party end for these market whales and when do we start to see a pullback in their holdings as they remove this volatile asset from their portfolios?
Raoul Pal is a financial and political risk analyst who believes that institutions have finished taking profits as the year winds up.
The current volatility in the Bitcoin price, according to Real Vision CEO Raoul Pal, is due to institutions selling to help shore up their end-of-year earnings.
In a Dec. 27 interview with Vlad from The Stakeborg Talks, the persistent Bitcoin (BTC) bull said that the market is now skewed owing to the impact of institutions. They’ve been selling to lock in earnings, according to Pal. It was a way for businesses to say, “I believe in being compensated.”
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The timing of the selling points to institutions unloading some bags, given that much of the selling in December came from wallets that accumulated Bitcoin around the summer, according to Glassnode, and that institutional assets under management (AUM) of cryptocurrency surged in May and October, according to Coinshares.
Pal inquired, “Now the question is, ‘Are they done?’”
“The market has been chopping about for the previous week, which was the customary final week of everyone squaring their books, so it seems like they’re done.”
While he anticipates further selling out of Asia, Pal believes that the crypto markets will get off to a good start in 2022 as institutional money is redeployed.
Pal predicts that institutional investors will become more positive about cryptocurrencies by the end of the decade, as they have a better understanding of the technology’s growing usage “and hence what that means in market size.”
Analysts predict that 2022 will be characterized by ‘agile and cost-efficiency’ rather than ‘blockchain purity.’
Pal’s observations on institutional bullishness on crypto moving into 2022 are shared by Noelle Acheson of Genesis Trading. On CNBC’s Squawk Box today, she analyzed institutional patterns from 2021 and highlighted some possible highlights for 2022.
“We’ve seen incredible institutional growth over the last 12 months, and we’re seeing good signals that it will continue next year, both via direct investment and investment in crypto market infrastructure firms.”
Bitcoin is now trading at $47,954 at the time of writing, down around 3.5 percent in the last 24 hours.
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