Tuesday, October 3, 2023

The crypto fund management business could be worth as much as $50 billion in terms of revenue, as the expected launch of spot-based bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the U.S. is likely to bring more capital to the market, broker Bernstein said in a research report Monday.

That’s equivalent to about 4% of the present size of the crypto market, the report said. At press time, the total crypto market capitalization was $1.08 trillion.

The crypto industry is expected to transition from a “cottage industry” with $50 billion of managed assets to a “formal, regulated asset management industry with $500-650 billion of assets over the next five years,” analysts led by Gautam Chhugani wrote.

The research comes months after the likes of BlackRock filed for a spot-based ETF with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Early this month, the regulator delayed making a decision on all of the spot ETF applications until October. The crypto market is hopeful that an eventual launch of spot-based ETFs will unlock the floodgates to mainstream money.

Bernstein expects demand to be driven by “investment advisors, wealth and private banking integrated products and easier access to ETFs in direct broker accounts.”

That would imply a 10% ETF share for bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) market cap and a 5-6% share for crypto hedge funds, the note said.

“Crypto financial adoption follows hype cycles, and we expect a hockey stick adoption, with 2024 as the landmark regulatory year for approval of ETFs,” the report added.

Read more: Crypto ETF Opportunity Doesn’t Stop at Bitcoin, Extends Into Multiple Assets: Bernstein

Edited by Omkar Godbole.

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