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Fidelity's Jurrien Timmer Suggests Bitcoin to Reach $6 Trillion in Cap

source-logo  u.today 23 February 2024 09:37, UTC

Fidelity's Director of Global Macro Jurrien Timmer suggests that Bitcoin could amass a market value equivalent to a quarter of the "monetary gold" market, potentially reaching the $6 trillion mark. This prediction hinges on the assumption that Bitcoin will continue to cement its status as the digital gold and a viable store of value.

Timmer's analysis draws a parallel between the portion of gold held for monetary purposes — estimated at 40% of all above-ground gold — and Bitcoin. Central banks and private investors hold this share of gold, excluding jewelry or industrial uses, valuing it at approximately $6 trillion.

Following up on my previous threads, here are some thoughts on Bitcoin’s potential market share vs gold: In the chart below I show the value of “monetary gold,” which is that share of gold held by central banks and private investors as a monetary asset (as opposed to jewelry or… pic.twitter.com/ZFJ3zHE4ka

— Jurrien Timmer (@TimmerFidelity) February 22, 2024

Timmer's forecast sees Bitcoin capturing a significant slice of this monetary gold market, leveraging its current $1 trillion valuation as a stepping stone to greater heights.

Evaluating the strengths of Timmer's prediction requires an appreciation of Bitcoin's inherent characteristics that align it with gold's monetary role, such as scarcity due to its finite supply and its increasing acceptance as a hedge against inflation and currency devaluation. Moreover, Bitcoin's digital nature and decentralized framework present it as a modern alternative to gold, especially appealing to the tech-savvy and a younger demographic of investors.

However, there are weaknesses and uncertainties in such projections. The cryptocurrency market is notoriously volatile, subject to regulatory shifts, technological advancements, and the evolving landscape of digital assets. Bitcoin's market dynamics, including competition from other cryptocurrencies and blockchain projects, could impact its trajectory to Timmer's proposed market cap.

Additionally, the comparison with gold does not fully account for the complexities of cryptocurrency markets, nor does it consider the possibility of Bitcoin being supplanted by another digital asset or technology.