Bitcoin, U.S., Solana Nfts discussed on The Breakdown with NLW

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Some of the key highlights from this report, especially around blockchain crypto Bitcoin, et cetera. Now, I've heard from a bunch of you that you don't always love having a ton of stats in your podcast and I understand and appreciate that. But this is going to be kind of a numbers heavy show before warned, but I still think it's going to be a lot of fun. So let's dive in and let's start with frame setting. Just so you understand where arcs coming from their bet is that there are 5 key innovation platforms that will generate huge equity market returns over the long term. The 5 that they focus on are gene sequencing, robotics, blockchain, battery technology, and AI. Between 2020 and 2030, they're predicting a compound annual growth rate of 26% for AI, 35% for battery technology, 40% for gene sequencing, 43% for blockchain and 51% for robotics. Overall, they see blockchain and crypto going from about 1.4 trillion in market cap in 2020 to 49 trillion by 2030, almost $50 trillion. They split that up into 40 trillion for blockchain and 9 trillion for digital wallets. On blockchain, they say all money and contracts could migrate to open-source protocols that enable and verify digital scarcity and proof of ownership. The financial ecosystem could be forced to reconfigure and take advantage of the capabilities these technologies afford, potentially leading to more transparency, fewer capital and regulatory controls and significantly lower contract execution costs. More of everything could become money like fungible liquid quantifiable, every corporate entity and consumer will have to adapt, corporate structures might be called into question every sector could be impacted. Now, in digital wallets, they are including not only what we think of as crypto wallets or web three wallets or whatever, but actually also sort of neo bank style wallets. So cash app PayPal Venmo, et cetera. 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By 2030, they expect those averages to flip with user spending 52% of free time online and 48% offline. It's not hard if you have that thesis to see how things like crypto and the metaverse might come into play. Now let's get into some of the numbers around the digital wallet and blockchain area. And we'll start with digital wallets. One of their highlight statistics is that the number of digital wallet users has surpassed the number of deposit account holders at one of the largest U.S. banks. JPMorgan, the biggest bank in the U.S. has 60 million deposit account holders, while cash app has 74 million and PayPal's Venmo has 82 million annual active users. Arc believes that U.S. digital wallets could scale 69% annually from more than 400 billion last year to 5.7 trillion in 2026. When it comes to public blockchains now, arch is extremely bullish, saying that they could quote transform every traditional asset class from cryptocurrencies to crypto equities to crypto commodities, crypto art, dows, and so on. One of the things that I find really fascinating about the report is the way they break down different quote unquote revolutions. They say public blockchains are stirring several revolutions. They categorize them as the money revolution. The financial revolution and the Internet revolution. For shorthand, they say that's Bitcoin, DeFi and web three. The money revolution is the coordination of value transfer and property rights outside the purview of centralized authorities, governments and top down control. From Fiat currencies in central banking to global decentralized non state money. The financial revolution is the coordination of financial services and contracts outside the purview of traditional financial institutions. Traditional finance to decentralize finance. The Internet revolution is the coordination of identity reputation and data outside the purview of traditional media conglomerates and big tech from corporate owned platforms to interoperable user owned web. Importantly, they say that each of these revolutions involves a different level of trust. The money revolution is the furthest on decentralized trust while the financial and Internet revolution sits somewhere between decentralized and centralized trust, and of course you have the status quo over on the far side, which is represented by centralized trust. I'm not going to try to describe it here, but they lay out Bitcoin Ethereum Solana avalanche Tara binance smart chain and then on the far extreme of centralized trust, Visa Amazon fed wire, et cetera. On this spectrum with Bitcoin being the farthest on the decentralized trust side and Visa Amazon fedwire, being the farthest on the centralized trust side. I'll include a link in the show notes because it's worth going and checking out the way that they subdivide this industry. To Bitcoin for a minute, they point out that Bitcoin is taking significant market share as a global settlements network. Bitcoin's cumulative transfer volume increased by 463% last year and its annual settlement volume has surpassed visas payments volume. Last year, Bitcoin settled $13.1 trillion. Bitcoin is also arc says attracting institutional holders. As of November 2021, exchange traded products, countries and corporations held 8% of Bitcoin supply. The largest of those holders include the grayscale Bitcoin trust, the balance sheets of block one micro strategy Tesla and the tazos foundation and other ATPs like coin shares XBT provider purpose Bitcoin ETF and galaxy digital. They of course discuss in this report El Salvador as the first nation state to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. And point out that in El Salvador now, more people have Bitcoin wallets than traditional bank accounts and it's not close. They're estimated to be 1.9 Salvadoran citizens with traditional bank accounts versus 3.8 chivo wallet users. Arc believes that Bitcoin's market cap could scale more than 25.9 X in the next decade for a total market cap of 28.5 trillion. And that gets them to the probably most quoted number of this entire report, which is that the price of one Bitcoin they believe could exceed 1 million by 2030. Now fascinatingly, they break out what they see as Bitcoin use cases. Remittance network, emerging market currency, economic settlement network, nation state treasury, seizure resistant asset, institutional investment, corporate treasury and digital gold. And to each of these numbers they ascribe a value. For example, for emerging market currency they assume that Bitcoin could represent 10% of M two, excluding the top four countries. As an economic settlement network, they imagine the Bitcoin could represent 25% of U.S. bank settlement volumes. Nation state treasuries 1% of total reserves. Seizure resistant asset 5% of global high net worth wealth. And so on and so forth. And that's how they come up with that Bitcoin could exceed 1 million by 2030 number. Let's move to Ethereum. Arc believes that ethers market cap could exceed 20 trillion in the next ten years. Quote, displacing many traditional financial services and competing as global money. They see a potential for a 56 X growth in the total market cap of Ethereum. On the back of its use as the reference asset in DeFi. When it comes to NFTs, arc is focused on true ownership of digital assets, saying non fungible token serve as smart contracts that verify the ownership of digital assets on public blockchains. They usurp the power of centralized platforms to house control and verify assets. In 2021, NFTs generated $21 billion in sales as the number of monthly unique buyers soared nearly 8 fold to more than 700,000. Now maybe the most interesting thing they say though about NFTs is their notion that NFTs will quote blur the line between consumption and investment. NFTs offer a liquid marketplace in which consumers can invest in different digital assets and engage in peer to peer transactions. And if T buyers and sellers determine market clearing prices on blockchains instead of data aggregation platforms, creating new forms of asset monetization. On this slide, they use the example of digital clothing to show how this line between consumption and investment gets blurred. You buy some digital clothing items, some Gucci Pete Davidson, people collaboration that hasn't happened yet to use in the sandbox or decentral land or wherever you're using it. But then in addition to that, you could lend or stake it. You could collateralize it. You could fractionalize it. And so you've taken something that would have just been a consumption expense and shifted it into also an investment. There's obviously still a lot to be determined about how consumption and investment even happens in the metaverse. But I do think this idea of blurring the line between consumption and investment gives us a lot to chew on. Anyways, guys, I'll wrap there. There's a ton more info in this report. I highly recommend checking it out. I obviously didn't get into any of the technologies outside of blockchain and digital wallets. And there's a lot more in there. Like I said, I'll throw a link in the show notes to give you a chance to look for yourself. But hopefully this was fun to listen to. I want to again thank my sponsors nexo dot IO, abra and FTX. And thank you guys for listening. Until tomorrow be safe and take care of each other. Peace.

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