LONDON : A new cryptocurrency research team at Standard Chartered has predicted bitcoin will double in value and hit US$100,000 by early next year and that it could be worth as much as US$175,000 longer-term.
The bank also said it "structurally" valued Ethereum, the second-most traded crypto asset, at US$26,000-US$35,000 although to reach that level bitcoin would have to be near US$175,000.
"As a medium of exchange, bitcoin may become the dominant peer-to-peer payment method for the global unbanked in a future cashless world," Standard Chartered's new crypto research unit headed by Geoffrey Kendrick who is also the global head of its emerging market currency research said in a note sent to clients on Tuesday.
"Cyclically, we expect a peak around US$100,000 in late 2021 or early 2022"
Bitcoin was at US$46,024 in early European trading on Wednesday after scaling a four-month high above US$52,000 on Monday while Ethereum consolidated losses at US$3,366.
(Reporting by Marc Jones; Editing by Saikat Chatterjee)