A tech management consultant has predicted a âmassive runway aheadâ for crypto in 2022, and a positive market for
altcoins in the year ahead â claiming that the ânumber of consumers trading crypto will double in the next 12 months.â
The claims were made in a
report from Activate Consulting, in its annual Technology and Media Outlook, which it calls âa comprehensive report on the state of the internet, technology, media and entertainment industries.â
The report was presented at the Wall Street Journal Tech Live Conference, and its authors predicted that in 2022:
âConsumers will move from buying cryptocurrency for investment to using cryptocurrencies for payments and transfers.â
They also predicted a productive 2022 for altcoins markets, writing that âalthough
bitcoin (BTC) and ethereum (ETH) dominate, innovation will take place in altcoinsâ and added that âcrypto will power a broad set of sectors including e-commerce, video gaming and data.â
The reportâs authors quizzed some 4,000 American adults aged over 18, and found that while 10% said they had never heard of crypto and the majority (44%) said they had no interest in tokens, 22% had already made coin purchases and almost a quarter had had their interest piqued in the past year.
Almost half said they were worried crypto was ânot safe,â while over a third said they did not understand crypto. Volatility was a concern for 31% of respondents.
Most of those who had experience with crypto were traders (17%), but 12% said they had used it for remittance purposes. And 5% said they had mined coins, with just 1% staking their coins.
Although the reportâs authors stopped short of predicting which altcoins they thought might experience growth in 2022, they listed eight altcoins and their various strong points, as well as 12-month growth figures. Standout growth was most evident in the case of
dogecoin (DOGE), with x83.7, solana (SOL), with x45.8, and cardano (ADA) with x23.8.
The authors claimed that the âbiggest barrierâ for crypto âinstitutionsâ would be âregulatory compliance and uncertainty.â
They pointed out that in the USA, politicians were âcurrently debating and writing a regulatory framework for crypto,â while their counterparts in China were âactively trying to stifle and ban crypto as an existential monetary threat.â
There was better news for European firms, though. The continent, Activate claimed, is now âleading the world in fostering an ecosystem of innovation for crypto.â
And the consultant also looked at the picture for conventional crypto exchanges and their decentralized rivals, decentralized exchanges (DEXes).
They noted that as of September 2021 data, centralized exchanges still occupy the lionâs share of the market, accounting for almost 98% of crypto global daily trading volume.
The authors explained that larger platforms were launching ânew financial products and servicesâ such as lending, but were âfacing regulatory scrutiny and pushback,â adding:
âCentralized exchanges offer consumers trust in an organization but are criticized for being against the decentralized nature of crypto as a central authority.â
DEXes, meanwhile, âare more difficult to regulateâ due to their lack of a central controlling body and have thus âhave largely avoided regulatory enforcement.â As a result, the authors noted, such platforms âoffer more innovative servicesâ and âare true to the decentralized ethos of the crypto community.â
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