A more stable Bitcoin may bring more institutional investors, says JP Morgan.
JP Morgan Forecasts Institutional Catalyst
Bitcoin’s falling volatility could attract institutional investors, according to a team of JP Morgan analysts.
Bloomberg published details of a Thursday report in which JP Morgan described Bitcoin’s recent stability as a potential catalyst for corporate buyers. Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, a strategist at the investment bank, wrote:
“In our opinion, a potential normalization of Bitcoin volatility from here would likely help to reinvigorate the institutional interest going forward.”
The report noted that Bitcoin’s three-month realized volatility had fallen from levels above 90% in February to 86%, while the six-month measure was 73%.
According to JP Morgan, the asset’s volatility has increased the perceived risk of investing and dissuaded institutions. They also noted that renewed interest in Bitcoin had affected the gold market. The report pointed out that there have been $7 billion of inflows to Bitcoin funds and $20 billion of outflows from exchange-traded funds tracking gold.
The idea of institutional investors buying into the original crypto has been discussed in the crypto community for years. Signs of mainstream adoption have been clearer than any other period in Bitcoin’s history in recent months, with companies like MicroStrategy and Tesla adding the asset to their balance sheets. This week, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs have announced plans to offer their clients Bitcoin exposure. JP Morgan has recently endorsed the asset, too, suggesting that a 1% portfolio allocation in Bitcoin could be an effective hedge.
The heightened attention surrounding Bitcoin comes as the asset’s price rally pushes the cryptocurrency market close to a $2 trillion market cap. Bitcoin’s run started in earnest when it broke $20,000 on Dec. 16, overtaking JP Morgan in market cap. It’s up almost 200% since then, currently trading at $59,212.