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Bitwise CIO Predicts $1 Trillion Inflow into Bitcoin via ETFs, Urges Long-term Perspective Amid Volatility

Matthew Hougan, the Chief Investment Officer at Bitwise, has projected a transformative inflow of funds into Bitcoin from institutional investors through exchange-traded funds (ETFs), forecasting as much as $1 trillion could be funneled into the cryptocurrency.

In a detailed memo to investment professionals, Hougan tackled the issue of Bitcoin’s volatility, which has seen its value fluctuate between $60,000 and $70,000.

Despite these short-term swings, he advised a calm and long-term perspective, citing “keep calm and take the long view.”

Hougan pinpointed several pivotal moments on the horizon for Bitcoin, including the anticipated halving event and the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs on major national platforms such as Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo.

He also mentioned the ongoing due diligence processes by investment committees and consultants as an essential preparatory step before they can commit to investing in Bitcoin.

The Bitwise executive suggested that in the interim, Bitcoin’s price might experience sideways movement due to minor shifts in sentiment.

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However, he remains optimistic about Bitcoin’s future, asserting that it is part of a “raging bull market,” supported by a 300% increase over the past 15 months and solid reasons to believe in continued growth.

Highlighting the significance of the recent spot Bitcoin ETF approvals in January, Hougan emphasized their role in opening the cryptocurrency market to investment professionals.

He outlined the gradual but inevitable shift of investment professionals, who manage trillions of dollars, towards cryptocurrencies, stressing that this transition is expected to unfold over years rather than months.

Hougan celebrated the remarkable success of ETFs, which have seen an inflow of $12 billion since their inception, marking them as the “most successful ETF launch of all time.”

Yet, he views this as just the beginning, with the potential for a massive $1 trillion influx once global wealth managers allocate a mere 1% of their portfolios to Bitcoin.

He concluded, “A 1% allocation across the board would mean ~$1 trillion of inflows into the space. Against this, $12 billion is barely a down payment.”

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