March 27, 2024
JPMorgan Analyzes Crypto Market Trends: Bitcoin Halving and Ethereum Upgrade 'Largely Priced In'
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JPMorgan Analyzes Crypto Market Trends: Bitcoin Halving and Ethereum Upgrade ‘Largely Priced In’

In a recent report, global investment bank JPMorgan Chase delved into the factors poised to influence cryptocurrency prices in the near future. According to the bank’s analysts, the much-anticipated Bitcoin halving event and the imminent upgrade of the Ethereum network have already been factored into current market valuations.

Led by global market strategist Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, the JPMorgan team highlighted the resurgence of retail investor interest as a significant driver behind the recent surge in popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). Analyzing on-chain data, adjusted for new spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), the team noted a notable uptick in activity among retail investors, surpassing institutional flows.

“The revival of the retail impulse in February perhaps reflects the anticipation of three main crypto catalysts over the coming months: the Bitcoin halving event, the next major upgrade of the Ethereum network, and the prospect of approval of spot Ethereum ETFs by the SEC in May,” the JPMorgan strategists wrote.

However, the analysts emphasized that while the first two catalysts are largely priced in, the likelihood of approval for spot Ethereum ETFs by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) remains uncertain, with only a perceived 50% chance.

SEC Chairman Gary Ganser’s reluctance to definitively declare Ether as a non-security has led to skepticism regarding the approval of spot Ethereum ETFs. Nonetheless, some, including Standard Charter Bank, remain optimistic about the prospect of approval in May.

Moreover, recent reports from Block Inc., PayPal Inc., and Robinhood Markets Inc. have indicated a significant shift in sentiment, with net positive Bitcoin purchases by customers in Q4 2023, marking a stark turnaround from Q3’s sales. This surge in retail activity coincides with record quarterly Bitcoin trading volume reported by Coinbase, a major U.S. crypto exchange, in over two years.

Additionally, the analysts noted a growing interest in alternative investment avenues among retail crypto traders, particularly in AI and meme tokens.

As the crypto market continues to evolve, the interplay between retail enthusiasm, institutional adoption, and regulatory developments will likely shape its trajectory in the coming months.

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