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Brian Kelly Says Crypto Markets Will Surge with Wall Street Interest

Founder of the BKCM digital asset fund and contributor to CNBC’s Fast Money, Brian Kelly, has stated on the same program that he sees Wall Street becoming a major factor in crypto market popularity as new institutions come on board.

Kelly maintains that the addition of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Goldman Sachs to the crypto status quo will cause the market to surge, according to CNN.

It was reported elsewhere that the parent company of the NYSE, the ICE exchange, is not simply launching a futures market as suggested, but a Bitcoin exchange which would trade in the standard way where customers can buy, store and sell Bitcoin.

“The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange has been working on an online trading platform that would allow large investors to buy and hold Bitcoin, according to emails and documents viewed by The New York Times,” the New York Times reported.

Kelly commented that he was “shocked” when the market didn’t “surge” at the recent announcement by NYSE, maintaining that customers had missed out on an important element that ICE would offer a custody solution. He also noted that this development by NYSE’s parent company demonstrated the emergence of cryptocurrencies as an asset class, allowing for institutional investors to invest in the cryptocurrency market. He commented:

“[The] physical delivery of Bitcoin… means that ICE has a custody solution. That has been the big hurdle. How do you hold onto these assets? These are generally bearer instruments… and so you have to have a third-party custody person. That’s the big deal, they have come up with a custody solution for institutional holders.”

ICE, as yet, have not confirmed if it plans to build an in-house cold storage solution, something usually only offered to small companies. It has been suggested that if institutional investors were to enter the cryptocurrency market with huge capital, this would accelerate it into a multi-trillion dollar market.

 

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Brian Kelly Still Bullish About Bitcoin Climbing

Comments made by BKCM founder Brian Kelly last week, when Bitcoin officially crossed the USD 10,000 line before its subsequent drop, suggested that there were three clear factors that would determine the coin’s next big rally, according to CCN.

The Goldman Sachs factor

Kelly sees the next support levels after USD 10,000 as USD 12,000 and USD 14,000. One factor he cites as being significant in securing this charge, was last week’s announcement by Goldman Sachs confirming the go-ahead to invest customers funds in Bitcoin through a new cryptocurrency trading desk; a decision by the bank largely provoked by customer demand.

Jon Matonis, Bitcoin Foundation founder and Visa executive, is animated with such announcements by major financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, commenting:

“I think it’s fabulous that they’re getting into it because it brings in new liquidity. They’re going to develop futures markets, options markets — I even think you’re going to start to see interest-rate markets around Bitcoin.”

Matonis sees the move as one which will allow the cryptocurrency market to mature through more public trading of bitcoin. The New York Times reported yesterday that Intercontinental Exchange, owner of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), is also considering allowing customers to buy and hold Bitcoin, which would become the second Wall Street financial institution to consider such a step within weeks.

Defining Bitcoin

Another factor, according to Kelly, is the clarity now being offered by the SEC regarding the description of digital currencies. SEC chairman’s Jay Clayton’s recent suggestion that if Bitcoin is a medium of exchange it, can’t be deemed as a security due to its use as a currency which he sees as a positive mover for Bitcoin. However, Aaron Wright, director of blockchain project Cardozo, recently suggested that there is “superficial appeal” to treating Bitcoin and related tokens as securities, as many of them were still seen as “speculative assets”.

New York Blockchain Week

Another push to Bitcoin’s potential pricing fortunes, according to Kelly, is this month’s Blockchain Week being held in New York. Partnering the New York City Economic Development Corporation in the project, Kevin Worth, CEO of Coindesk, comments about the week’s headline event, ‘Consensus’.

“Consensus is more than just a conference. It’s the largest and must-attend gathering of everyone involved in our rapidly growing ecosystem. We’re proud to partner with companies that continue to innovate and actively work toward taking their projects live.”

 

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