As Bitcoin garners attention for its recent surge, a different narrative is brewing among some investors who foresee Ethereum, the often-overlooked sibling of crypto, stealing the spotlight in 2024.

While the clamor in the crypto sphere and bullish predictions on Crypto Twitter herald another upward swing for Bitcoin, JPMorgan analysts diverge, branding the coin as overbought in their latest report.

The report scrutinizes a primary catalyst driving Bitcoin’s optimistic streak: the potential approval of multiple spot Bitcoin ETFs by the Securities and Exchange Commission early next year.

Anticipations run high that traditional finance giants like BlackRock and Fidelity, with their spot ETFs, will inject billions into Bitcoin. However, JPMorgan refutes this optimism, citing lackluster demand for existing spot Bitcoin ETFs in Europe and Canada as a sign that such investment vehicles might not gain substantial traction in the U.S. Instead, they could siphon funds from established Bitcoin-backed entities like the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC), Bitcoin futures ETFs, and mining companies.

The conversion of the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust, a massive Bitcoin fund, into a spot ETF could prompt existing investors to cash out, potentially draining up to $2.7 billion from the ETF and exerting considerable pressure on prices, the report contends.

The report rebuffs expectations surrounding the impending Bitcoin halving, suggesting that the event’s impact on the coin’s value has already been factored into the market.

Contrarily, JPMorgan foresees Ether surpassing Bitcoin in 2024, fueled partly by an upcoming Ethereum blockchain upgrade known as EIP-4844 or proto-danksharding. This enhancement aims to boost transaction speed and reduce gas fees for network transactions.

“We anticipate Ethereum reclaiming its dominance and gaining ground within the crypto landscape next year,” the analysts asserted.

Amid a downturn in crypto prices leading to reduced funding, some venture capitalists have devalued major crypto investments. However, JPMorgan notes a recent uptick in VC funding in the crypto sector, albeit in its early stages.

While cautiously optimistic about the resurgence in VC activity within the crypto realm, JPMorgan speculates that sustained improvement into the first quarter of 2024 could signify the end of the “Crypto Winter,” marking a significant turning point in the industry.


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