Citigroup says bitcoin is at a tipping point and the cryptocurrency could become “the currency of choice for international trade.” The firm wrote in a report that “we could be at the start of massive transformation of cryptocurrency into the mainstream.”
Bitcoin Is at the Tipping Point, Citi Says
Citigroup’s Global Perspectives & Solutions (GPS) team released a 108-page report Monday entitled “Bitcoin At the Tipping Point.”
The Citi GPS report explains that “the biggest change with bitcoin is the shift from it being primarily a retail-focused endeavor to something that looks attractive for institutional investors.” The firm attributes the change to “Specific enhancements to exchanges, trading, data, and custody services” that are “increasing and being revamped to accommodate the requirements of institutional investors.”
Highlighting “the advantage of bitcoin in global payments, including its decentralized design, lack of foreign exchange exposure, fast (and potentially cheaper) money movements, secure payment channels, and traceability,” the report details:
These attributes combined with bitcoin’s global reach and neutrality could spur it to become the currency of choice for international trade.
The report also explains that bitcoin has seen three different stages of focus so far: technological oddity, censorship-resistant money, and digital gold. It further predicts that we will soon see a fourth stage of focus as bitcoin transitions to becoming an international trade currency. “This would take advantage of bitcoin’s decentralized and borderless design, its lack of foreign exchange exposure, its speed and cost advantage in moving money, the security of its payments, and its traceability,” the Citi report describes.
While pointing out a number of remarkable developments in bitcoin over the past seven years, the report outlines a few obstacles in the cryptocurrency’s way to becoming a…