According to Mike McGlone, the fact that BTC and ETH have already experienced sharp corrections may give them a "relative advantage" over the stock market in 2022.
Fear, uncertainty and doubt are plaguing the crypto markets right now — but according to Bloomberg Intelligence, the outlook for 2022 is still bullish.
Setting out its forecast for next year, senior commodity strategist Mike McGlone predicted that the U.S. will fully embrace cryptocurrencies next year following China's latest clampdown — not to mention "the proliferation of revolutionary technologies" such as non-fungible tokens. In his view, proper regulation also has the potential to be a good thing — potentially delivering greater levels of certainty to companies in the space. He wrote:
"What might trip up the advancing three musketeers — Bitcoin, Ethereum and crypto dollars — may be the more profound question for 2022, but we expect wider adoption to prevail and overcome most wobbles, like 2021's near 50% correction."
McGlone believes the economic after-effects of the coronavirus pandemic, specifically related to aggressive money printing from central banks, could also contribute to rising crypto prices — especially considering BTC and ETH have a limited supply.
Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell recently hinted the central bank may end stimulus measures earlier than planned — something that benefited Wall Street and cryptocurrencies alike.
And while a tightening of monetary policy would cause the stock market to drop — creating "initial headwinds" for Bitcoin — he believes that the world's biggest cryptocurrency could be a "primary beneficiary" as the economic landscape shifts in a post-COVID world.
The analyst thinks that a tightening of monetary policy could cause a marked pullback on Wall Street, but this could create a "win-win" situation for Bitcoin.
That brings us neatly onto the issue of adoption. Speaking to the CoinMarketRecap podcast earlier this year, McGlone said the number of crypto naysayers is rapidly diminishing. Fast forward to now, he writes:
"Past performance is no indicator of future results, but when a new asset class outperforms incumbents, naysayers have little choice but to join in. We see this process playing a primary role in 2022, as money managers may face greater risks if they continue to have no portfolio allocations to cryptos."
Targets for 2022
"The key question facing Bitcoin nearing the onset of 2022 is whether it's peaking or simply a consolidating bull market. We believe it's the latter, and see the benchmark crypto well on its way to becoming global digital collateral in a world going that way. It's likely to be about key support around $50,000 and $100,000 resistance in 2022."
Overall, he believes it is a matter of time before BTC hits six figures — and it's all down to the simple economic principle of increasing demand against diminishing supply.
The analyst was more dismissive of so-called "Ethereum killers" — arguing they "have a history of coming and going." Given how Ethereum is the home of non-fungible tokens and stablecoins, McGlone expects the blockchain to build on its usefulness next year, adding:
"Ethereum has earned depth and dominance. Success spurs competition and there are plenty of would-be Ethereum killers, but we see the No. 2 crypto fending off challenges to its leadership."