Could owning one Bitcoin (BTC) make you a millionaire?
According to prominent figures in the crypto space like Ark Invest’s CEO Cathie Wood and MicroStrategy executive chairman (and former CEO) Michael Saylor, yes.
In a report released by Ark Invest earlier this year, Cathie Wood and co. predicted that Bitcoin could hit a price of $1.48 million by 2030, a rise of 6,300% in just seven years.
In the report, Ark Invest outlined its view that Bitcoin is to become a “multi-trillion-dollar markets” that outperforms “every other major asset class over long time horizons”.
Bitcoin’s market cap is currently around $570 billion, at its current price of around $29,500.
In its report, Ark outlines how it expects Bitcoin to be a key beneficiary of what they call a global “monetary revolution”, where Bitcoin is adopted as a decentralized, permissionless, censorship-resistant, inflation-resistant and transparent alternative to the current inflationary, centralized, opaque and often authoritarian monetary systems that dominate much of the global economy.
Michael Saylor, meanwhile, has been expressing similar views ever since his company MicroStrategy adopted a policy of aggressive Bitcoin accumulation back in 2020.
In a recent interview with Altcoin Daily, Saylor highlighted the importance of the recent warming of major financial institutions to Bitcoin.
If spot Bitcoin ETF applications from major financial giants like BlackRock, Fidelity and Vanguard get approval, this could open the door to inflows of trillions of dollars into the Bitcoin market that have been waiting on the sidelines.
This, Saylor thinks, could be a key driver to send the Bitcoin price above $1 million.
Bitcoin Stuck In Recent Ranges
Despite hyper-bullish forecasts from major industry names like Wood and Saylor, Bitcoin for now remains marooned within recent ranges close to $30,000.
The market appears to be in a sort of “wait-and-see” mode, awaiting more clarity on spot Bitcoin ETF applications, on the US (and global) regulatory landscape, on the outlook for Fed policy.
The SEC’s aggressive push to regulate centralized US crypto firms is certainly a downside risk to prices at current levels.
The agency appears to be at a point where it is now suing most major US crypto firms over operating as unregistered securities exchanges.
Given Binance is the biggest global crypto exchange by a long long way, even a small risk that they might collapse could be a big headwind to crypto sentiment.
Rangebound conditions look set to continue for some time.
Spot Bitcoin ETF approvals probably won’t come until 2024.
While the Fed’s tightening cycle appears to be over, rate cuts probably also won’t come until 2024.
And Bitcoin’s upcoming halving, which has historically coincided with the beginning of an accelerating surge in the BTC price, is coming up in early 2024.
That presents a golden opportunity for more Bitcoin accumulation, for those who believe 2024 is going to be a good year, and for those who believe Wood and Saylor’s longer-term $1 million Bitcoin price prediction.
Disclaimer: Crypto is a high-risk asset class. This article is provided for informational purposes and does not constitute investment advice. You could lose all of your capital