by Emma Smith
The last few months of 2020 have been exceptional for the crypto industry. Bitcoin is arguably the hottest asset out there with several major cryptocurrencies catching the tailwinds. Few now can credibly argue that cryptocurrency is not here to stay.
Amidst the rally, the demand for crypto is through the roof. Investor activity in trading apps reflects this trend. Cryptocurrency is also going through fundamental evolution, and becoming more ingrained in real-world commerce, in addition to the function of a speculative asset.
As the New Year dawns, businesses are conducting all manner of analyses to improve their fortunes in the coming year. The changes range from organizational changes, changes in strategy, and even incorporation of new innovation.
Cryptocurrency fits into this mold perfectly. An efficient payment system or a valuable asset platform ticks the boxes for many businesses.
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Here are some Cryptocurrency Trends to consider:
Bitcoin Status as a Hedge Asset More Widely Accepted
Bitcoin had another historic bullish run to end 2020. The difference this time is that even institutional investors are scrambling for a piece of the pie.
As the dollar endures a tumultuous period due to the combined effects of the American Presidential election and COVID, Bitcoin is emerging as an alternative hedge asset against inflation. Businesses can invest in Bitcoin to hedge against slides in the dollar and other assets.
Cryptocurrency is powered by blockchain technology. The technology itself has remarkable uses, over and above crypto. Banks are increasingly researching blockchain finance to manage transactions and data. Businesses can explore this option too for efficient cloud storage of data and streamlining financial records. Blockchain banking has shown the advantages of this technology and many businesses will follow suit.
Regulatory Progress for Cryptocurrencies
Regulations have generally been slow to catch up to cryptocurrency. In 2020, regulators accelerated this process somewhat, and there emerged relative regulatory clarity for major cryptocurrencies.
XRP was the exception as the US Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it deemed the tokens as securities and would be suing Ripple.
Nonetheless, regulatory clarity will likely be a boon for cryptocurrencies. Businesses that have sat on the sidelines waiting for such clarity can begin to make forays.
PayPal Facilitating Crypto Purchase and Holding
PayPal is one of the most significant payment platforms in existence. The company’s announcement that it would facilitate crypto purchases through its network is a massive step forward.
Most businesses also accept PayPal for international transactions and crypto integration goes a long way in making it easy for businesses to accept major cryptocurrencies.
Mass Adoption of Cryptocurrencies
With more established companies like PayPal accepting crypto, more businesses will look to accept crypto payments for their products and services. It makes every sense to try and appeal to a bigger demographic and expand the tent profit-wise. Accordingly, there will likely be mass adoption of Bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies moving forward.
The Potential Development of CBDCs
Many governments are actively researching Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). It is not impossible to have a major country launching a cryptographic digital currency in the next few years. Businesses, especially in the financial sector, should strategize for such developments.
The Continual Growth of Decentralized Finance (DeFi)
DeFi growth was one of the biggest crypto stories of 2020. These are platforms on the Ethereum blockchain offering an array of solutions.
Businesses can look to DeFi for solutions like lending, which don’t follow the bureaucratic processes of traditional banking.
DeFi provides plenty of other solutions and investment opportunities for businesses.
Gen Z Entering Crypto Force
The Coronavirus period has re-engineered human socialization and commerce to be more reliant on digitization. As Generation Z comes of age, they will have highly accessible, beginner-friendly educational material on cryptocurrencies that can only be positive for the digital currencies. Businesses should study such developments to market effectively to this generation.
Global blockchain market size will exponentially grow
Blockchain adoption extends to other sectors such as supply chain management, big data, and other business processes. Many industries have an interest in more efficiency, and the blockchain fills this gap.
The global blockchain market size is expected to expand from USD 3.0 billion in 2020 to USD 39.7 billion by 2025. This margin represents opportunities galore for businesses.
Crypto and Fintech Hook Up
Fintech has been a buzzword for a few years now. Crypto is the icing on the cake for this industry.
Fintech promises faster transactions and lowers the costs for businesses. The blockchain also has this potential and there are a great number of blockchain Fintech platforms. A proposal by Facebook to develop the Libra coin was the boldest expression of this promise.
This project has run into regulatory hurdles but the writing is already on the wall. The coming together of Fintech and crypto will be a force to reckon with, and businesses must position themselves accordingly.
Cryptocurrency is a sea of opportunities waiting to be explored. Businesses ought to sail boldly and search the horizon for places they could best harness to their advantage.
These trends are likely to shape crypto in the near term, and businesses should analyze them to guide any journey they take.