By George Prior
Current market activity indicates that cryptocurrencies are set for “another considerable surge in prices gains” in the near future and Ethereum’s price could reach $2,500 by the end of the year – but investors should exercise caution.
This forecast from Nigel Green, the founder and CEO of deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial services organizations, comes after a strong few days in the cryptocurrency markets.
Mr Green, whose firm launched the cryptocurrency exchange app, deVere Crypto, comments: “Most major cryptocurrencies have been posting big gains over the last few days.
“Current market activity indicates that the major cryptocurrencies are set for another considerable surge in prices gains in the near future.”
He continues: “What’s fuelling this current rally in crypto prices? There are several key motivators.
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“These include the growing integration with and adoption by major banks and other financial institutions.
“Indeed, 20 per cent of all financial firms, ranging from hedge funds to banking giants, are now considering trading digital currencies in the 12 months, according to a new Thomson Reuters survey published this week.
“Another key reason for the rally is that there’s a growing awareness of the need and demand for digital, global currencies in a digitalized, globalized world.
“The upward trend is also being triggered by regulation, which most experts now believe is inevitable. This will give investors even more protection and long-term confidence in the market.”
The deVere CEO believes that despite Bitcoin taking the headlines, Ethereum could be the real story here.
He notes: “It’s interesting to note that even with an impressive one-week jump of 11.3 per cent, Bitcoin – the world’s largest by market capitalization – is the worst performer amongst the biggest cryptocurrencies.
“The price of Ethereum is predicted to increase significantly this year, and could hit $2,500 by the end of 2018 with a further increase by 2019 and 2020.
“This general upswing will be fuelled by three mains drivers. First, more and more platforms are using Ethereum as a means of trading. Second, the increased use of smart contracts by Ethereum. And third, the decentralisation of cloud computing.”
Mr Green goes on to say: “Ethereum can be expected to solidify its position as the second most valuable and used cryptocurrency token in the world. This consistency of the Ethereum token will appreciate well into the future. As entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, bankers and financial houses are looking for stability and safer trading conditions, and Ethereum is offering that security.”
Mr Green concludes: “We’re certainly entering crypto bull territory, with many retail and institutional investors now finding that cryptocurrencies can no longer ignore the opportunities.
“However, cryptocurrency markets remain volatile. Caution should be exercised and professional advice sought.”
deVere Group is one of the world’s largest independent advisors of specialist global financial solutions to international, local mass affluent, and high-net-worth clients. It has a network of more than 70 offices across the world, over 80,000 clients and $12bn under advisement.