Although the bitcoin rally was largely driven by institutional investors, he expects to see continued buy-in more from bitcoin status and Wall Street investors going forward. The researcher expects the US to digitize the dollar, but not too soon as he said bitcoin status Fed is happy with the way the world is. Major institutional players like Stanley Druckenmiller, BlackRock, Bill Miller, and Jack Dorsey have acknowledged that bitcoin is not only going away, but is becoming a reserve asset and validating the digital gold thesis, Hileman said.
That is about 17 million wallets created since December As many as million people own crypto assets today, according to Hileman. He noticed a lot of the recent price action was driven by institutional investors, based on transactions that occur on the chain, and is unlike the retail investor frenzy of On-chain demand and other metrics suggest that the rally was driven more by institutional hedge funds, family offices, and money managers.
Hileman expects to see continued buy-in from retail and Wall Street investors going forward, rather than corporates. That's because it is harder for bigger players to participate than professional investors who already have accounts and easy access to major exchanges, he explained.
As for the US dollar, the researcher expects the world's most popular reserve currency to be digitized sometime in the next five years. The status quo is working well for the dollar because it is dominant through the SWIFT mechanism and the corresponding banking system, he said.
The US government can also raise debt at attractive interest rates, supporting the dollar's status. But a competitive challenge lies in the crypto space and in the rise of stablecoins.