Wall St “Crypto King” Bullish on New Market Jump Start, Needs Clarity

Bart Smith, the head of digital assets at Susquehanna International Group, once crowned “Wall Streets Crypto King” claims that institutional investors will re-stimulate the cryptocurrency market once more regulatory clarity is provided, according to CCN.

Smith, who launched a crypto desk which buys and sells millions of dollars in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, asserts that regulatory clarity will allow institutions to be more active in the crypto space, given their distrust of an uncertain market.

“We have a dedicated team of traders and technologists,” he told CNBC. “We’ve been trading bitcoin primarily, but in 2017 as the marketplace expanded, we expanded the number of coins we were trading and the number of exchanges we were providing liquidity on,” adding “We are trading on average a couple hundred million dollars a day [on bitcoin futures] across CME and CFE combined that’s not retail.”

Smith was asked if there was currently a correlation  between the stock markets and cryptocurrency which he felt wasn’t the case:

“We have not seen much correlation at all between the equity and bitcoin markets… Trading cryptocurrencies is way more analogous to other asset classes than you might think from a market maker’s perspective, managing risk and the operational sides of it. But as far as the investor demand for it, and what drives bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, we have yet to find much analogy in the driver of it.”

On regulation, he maintained that it was the importance and clarity of regulation itself, rather than whether or not there should be any, suggesting “There has been a tremendous amount of focus on the SEC and Chairman Clayton’s comments. But it’s really a whole host of other regulatory agencies out there because the ecosystem expands beyond the traditional financial assets.”

Smith maintains that the future looks bright for cryptocurrencies as he strongly believes in its longevity, and maintains that digital currencies have the potential to change aspects of financial services which will “exist forever.”

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