Bitcoin is slowly beginning to mature as an asset class after more than a decade of intense market instability, according to Jeffrey R. Currie, the global head of commodity research for Goldman Sachs.
In an interview with CNBC, Currie said the incredible run of Bitcoin has drawn greater institutional attention, but added that a small fraction of the overall market is still smart-money investors. To become a stable asset and prevent a flash crash as we saw earlier this week, they will need to come in droves for Bitcoin, he said.
“I think the market is beginning to become more mature,” Currie said of Bitcoin, adding that “volatility and those risks that are associated with it” are common for nascent assets. He continued: “The key to creating some type of stability in the market is to see an increase in the participation of institutional investors and right now they’re small […] roughly 1% of it is institutional money.”
Over the last year, some of Wall Street’s biggest names have put their weight behind Bitcoin. Legendary investors in digital assets have already invested in Paul Tudor Jones and Stanley Druckenmiller, and businesses such as MassMutual and Ruffer Investment Company have established major roles in BTC.
On Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, Goldman Sachs has changed its tune more generally. Not only did the organization improve its human resources to include specialists in digital currencies, it also provided guidelines on the peaceful coexistence of Bitcoin and gold as macro hedges.
Goldman has also recently been tapped for its upcoming IPO by Coinbase, one of the world’s biggest crypto exchanges.