As long as the regulation gives an institutional investor a very clear path to crypto, they’ll jump into the space, hedge fund co-founder CK Cheng told Cointelegraph.
A former head of risk at Credit Suisse believes the next crypto bull market will stem from “regulatory clarity” in the United States — which he expects to happen in early 2023.
Speaking to Cointelegraph, the former head of valuation risk at Credit Suisse, CK Cheng said some of the regulatory efforts underway in the United States will soon “open the doors” of traditional finance to crypto.
Cheng is a former executive at investment bank Credit Suisse who left his role in July 2021 to co-found ZX Squared Capital, a crypto hedge fund targeting family offices and high-net-worth individual clients.
Cheng said there has been a recent seachange in traditional institutions’ stance towards crypto, with many dipping their toes into the crypto waters for the first time.
In August, one of the world’s largest asset managers BlackRock partnered with crypto exchange Coinbase to provide its institutional clients access to Bitcoin (BTC) and crypto through Coinbase Prime.
More recently, several major names in finance teamed up to create a digital assets exchange serving institutional and retail investors, which is being backed by financial giants including Charles Schwab, Citadel Securities, and Fidelity Digital Assets.
“Nowadays, you see a lot more traditional finance institutions getting involved in the crypto space […] You can see tremendous interest,” said the hedge fund manager.
Cheng also emphasized that there are many more “waiting for regulation in the U.S. to be further clarified,” before jumping in:
“That will really open the door for traditional financial institutions, you know, bring a lot more institutions, investors into the space. So I would say that’s gonna be how the next bull market will start.”
He also believes the Executive Order from U.S. president Joe Biden earlier this year has been a major signal for traditional investors, though admitted the “devil is in the details” when it comes to how crypto trading will be regulated, and whether a cryptocurrency will be considered a commodity or a security.
“From an institutional perspective, as long as the regulation is clear, that gives an institutional investor a very clear path to see they don’t trip themselves into regulatory issues […] that will bring institutional investors into the space,” he added.
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Asked when the tipping point will be, Cheng said he expects regulatory clarity to be “fleshed out” sometime early next year.
“So hopefully, by early next year, there’s something much more concrete. And that will help, you know, the market in terms of sentiment in terms of people’s perception [of crypto]. I think regulation will help with that.”
Asked about when he expects BTC prices to move over the near term, Cheng says he expects October to be a “very volatile” month for BTC.
“October is a pretty volatile period of time, especially when combined with high inflation, with a lot of debate in terms of the Fed and policy change. The concern is that if the Fed tightens too much, the U.S. economy may actually go into a severe recession.”
Cheng believes this uncertainty will drive a lot of volatility in both the stock and crypto markets but will stabilize by next year. At the same time, the months ahead of the next Bitcoin “halving” in 2024 could start “another bull market.”