The latest volatility in the Bitcoin, according to Real Vision CEO Raoul Pal, is due to institutions dumping to help build up their end-of-year profits.
In a December 27 interview with Vlad from The Stakeborg Talks, the chronic Bitcoin (BTC) bull stated that the market is currently unbalanced due to the impact of institutions. They’ve been selling to mark the profits, according to Pal. It was a way for businesses to say, “I believe in getting paid.”
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The timing of the selling points to institutions unloading some bags, given that much of the selling in December came from wallets that piled up Bitcoin around the summer, according to Glassnode, and that institutional assets under management (AUM) of crypto surged in May and October, according to Coinshares.
Pal inquired, “Now the question is, ‘Are they done?'” He added:
“It looks like they’re done because the market has been chopping around for the past week, which was the traditional last week of everybody squaring their books.”
While he expects more selling for Bitcoin out of Asia, Pal believes that the crypto markets will get off to a solid start in 2022 as institutional capital will be redeployed.
Pal predicts that institutions will become more bullish on the crypto industry and Bitcoin by the decade-end, as they keep gaining a better understanding of the technology’s growing usage “and hence what that means in terms of market cap.”
Pal’s observations on institutional bullishness on crypto going into 2022 are shared by Noelle Acheson of Genesis Trading. On CNBC’s Squawk Box today, she discussed institutional trends from 2021 and highlighted some possible positives for 2022.
“The institutional growth over the past 12 months has been astonishing and we’re seeing strong signs of that accelerating through next year both through direct investment and through investment in crypto market infrastructure companies themselves.”