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Crypto's Ascent: The Case for Becoming the S&P's 12th Sector

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“Crypto is going to become the 12th sector of the S&P 500. It’s going to happen over the next few years, watch.” ~ Kevin O’Leary, AKA “Mr. Wonderful”

If you repeated the above quote to friends a few years ago, most would think you’ve lost your mind. After all, Bitcoin was once an obscure, illiquid, and untrusted digital currency started on the internet. In its early days, the world’s first digital currency was used to buy illicit drugs on the illegal and now defunct “dark web” website “The Silk Road.” Later, many adopters fell victim to crypto fraud and exchange hacks. However, as the kids like to say today, “The Internet Remains Undefeated!”

Bitcoin has experienced a meteoric rise from its early days, and its momentum is reaching a fever pitch in 2024. In fact, as I wrote about earlier this month, Bitcoin has the Perfect Bull Storm. Below are five reasons crypto will become the 12th sector of the S&P 500 over the next few years:

Bitcoin is a Global Phenomenon

In a world filled with political instability and central banks in a fiat printing frenzy, Bitcoin provides an oasis in the form of a decentralized network, a limited supply, and an immutable and transparent ledger. Of course, without adoption, these characteristics mean little. Adoption is widespread and aggressive - Bitcoin has surpassed all-time highs in thirty countries and is knocking on the door of all-time highs in the U.S.

Stablecoin Adoption

A stablecoin is a type of cryptocurrency designed to maintain a stable value by pegging it to a reserve of assets, often fiat currencies like the US Dollar. It reduces the price volatility usually associated with other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. USDC is an example of a stablecoin. USDC was launched five years ago through a partnership between Coinbase ((COIN - Free Report) ) and Circle. In a short time, USDC has a market cap of more than $28 billion, and Visa ((V - Free Report) ) allows the use of USDC to settle transactions on its payment network.

Stablecoin supplies are now at $140 billion, and Reflexivity Research co-founder Will Clemente predicts that stablecoin issuers, in aggregate, will become top five holders of U.S. Treasuries by 2030.

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Political Snowballing Effect

Sometimes, it takes a new generation to invoke change. Nayib Bukele (now age 42) assumed office as the President of El Salvador in 2019 after garnering 50% of the vote. In 2021, Bukele made the bold and unprecedented decision to make bitcoin legal tender, and the Latin American nation purchased 400 Bitcoins. Fast forward to El Salvador’s 2024 election, and Bukele mopped the floor with his opponents and won 84.65% of the vote to be re-elected president!

Bukele’s success is empowering politicians in the U.S. and around the world to be open-minded when it comes to Bitcoin adoption.

MicroStrategy’s Success Story: A Blueprint for Fortune 500 Companies

MicroStrategy ((MSTR - Free Report) ) is a software firm founded by a visionary named Michael Saylor. Though MSTR was a public and profitable company for years, it rose to prominence when it began to invest heavily in Bitcoin as a treasury reserve asset and an alternative to the inflating dollar. While MSTR was underwater on its position at first, the company’s conviction in the strategy never wavered, and the company continued to accumulate billions in Bitcoin. Now, the Bitcoin bet is paying off for investors – in a big way. This week alone, MSTR’s Bitcoin holdings produced $500 million in gains in one day, bringing in many multiples of what its software business generates in a year.

With such overwhelming success, it’s only a matter of time before other cash-rich companies take the plunge and look to ride on a “Bitcoin rail.” 

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ETF Approval: Institutional Adoption Floodgates Swing Wide Open

It turns out that the much-hyped launch of Bitcoin ETFs will live up to the hype. By begrudgingly approving Bitcoin ETFs, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has opened up the floodgates to institutional adoptions. Fidelity, one of the largest asset managers worldwide, is allocating 1-3% of its All-In-One ETF products to crypto. Meanwhile, the Bitwise Bitcoin ETF ((BITB - Free Report) ) has been approved for use by several wealth management platforms (with some in excess of $100B in AUM!).

The demand is insatiable now, and Bitcoin is encroaching on the $60,000 mark and previous all-time highs early Wednesday.

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Bottom Line

With growing popularity and acceptance and a market cap today of more than $2 trillion, the global cryptocurrency market has a chance to become the 12th sector of the S&P 500 over the next five years.

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