The majority of finance professionals with investments in crypto-currencies intend to buy more over the next 12 months despite the recent volatility in the market.
Over the next 12 months 54% of financial professionals anticipate crypto valuations will rise, compared to 32% who think they will fall according to a report, ‘Investor Perception: Crypto-Currencies’ released by communications agency Citigate Dewe Rogerson.
The report finds that 56% intend to buy more over the next 12 months, compared to 31% who plan to retain or reduce their exposure. A mere 8% intend to sell all their crypto-currency holdings.
Between now and 2021, 32% think there will be a dramatic increase in valuations, and a further 18% anticipate a slight rise.
Less than one in three (28%) think there will be a fall.
Phil Anderson, Executive Director at Citigate Dewe Rogerson said: “Many crypto currencies have seen a huge increase in valuations, but also exceptional levels of volatility. Crypto-currency millionaires have been created, but depending on when they invested, many other investors have lost money.
“However, despite the significant levels of volatility and price fluctuations, our research reveals many investors and financial professionals remain optimistic about the future for crypto currencies.
“At the start of the year, the market capitalisation for crypto-currencies was around $800 billion, but by 2021 over half of the financial professionals (59%) we interviewed expect it to be over $1 trillion, while 15% anticipate it to be more than $2 trillion.”
Some 62% of financial professionals interviewed expect there to be a dramatic increase in the level of regulation around crypto-currencies over the next 24 months, while a further 11% anticipate a slight increase. 44% believe there will be an increase in the level of trading and investing in crypto-currencies if more regulation is introduced.
Market capitalisation of crypto-currencies set to rise
At the start of this year, the market cap for crypto-currencies was around $800bn. Over half (59%) of financial professionals estimate that it will be worth over $1trn and 15% think it could be over $2trn within the next three years. Just 19% think the market will shrink and that the market cap will be below $800 billion by 2023.
Big firms set to make more use of crypto-currencies
More than two thirds (68%) of financial professionals interviewed think larger firms will increase their holdings of crypto-currencies over the next three years for a variety of reasons. 68% believe they will increasingly want to use crypto-currencies with smart contracts or with other blockchain technologies, and 54% think there will be an increase in them using crypto-currencies as part of their fund raising. Half (50%) there will a rise in them using these to pay suppliers.
Cryptocurrencies used as payment or money transfer methods
Some 22% of financial professionals think there will be a dramatic increase in the use of digital currencies as payment or money transfer methods over the next five years, and 48% think there will be a ‘moderate’ rise in their use for this.
Growing use of blockchain
Some 44% of financial professionals interviewed believe there will be a dramatic increase in the use of blockchain technologies over the next five years, and 33% think there will be a moderate rise.
Phil Anderson said: “Whatever the future holds for the crypto-currency market, one thing is certain – it will continue to attract billions of dollars, dominate the headlines and fuel heated debate about what is likely to happen.”