An investment firm that predicted Tesla’s meteoric ascent is extremely bullish on Bitcoin and says the top cryptocurrency’s market cap could go as high as $5 trillion. 

In a comprehensive report, New York-based thematic investment firm ARK Invest sees massive growth potential for Bitcoin over the next few years despite its already impressive run that has defied expectations. 

“Our analysis suggests Bitcoin is early on its path to monetization, with substantial appreciation potential. In our view, Bitcoin’s $200 billion market capitalization – or network value – will scale more than an order of magnitude to the trillions during the next decade.”

Specifically, ARK Invest points out that the adoption of Bitcoin as a global settlement network, as a protection against asset seizure, as digital gold, or as a catalyst for demonetization in emerging markets has the potential to fuel the growth of the crypto asset’s market cap.

Despite their high evaluation of the crypto asset, ARK Invest points out the several risks that threaten Bitcoin’s growth potential.

For one, ARK Invest says security breaches and institutional mismanagement have cost investors millions of dollars with no legal recourse. Other risks are regulatory uncertainty and “over-institutionalization”, which the company says could cause a monopoly in Bitcoin transactions and present an “existential risk to bitcoin’s value proposition.”

Although risks are present, ARK Invest highlights the potential of BTC to print massive gains within a decade.

“Bitcoin offers one of the most compelling risk-reward profiles among assets, as our analysis suggests it should scale from roughly $200 billion today to $1-5 trillion network capitalization during the next five to ten years. In our view, capital allocators must consider the opportunity cost that will be associated with ignoring bitcoin as a new asset class.”

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