An interesting development has emerged as the ex-Goldman Sachs executive, Raoul Pal, predicts that the number of crypto users worldwide will skyrocket to over one billion.

Crypto boom ahead

As the CEO of Real Vision and Global Macro Investor, he shares with his nearly one million Twitter followers a chart that compares the adoption of the internet and crypto over their respective initial ten years.

This chart suggests that digital asset users could reach 1.2 billion by December 2025. Pal has been monitoring this chart for several years and found it to be consistently accurate.

He believes that the adoption of crypto is unstoppable and is likely to surpass the 43% adoption rate of the internet in the next three years.

Pal predicts that the number of global crypto users could climb to 5.1 billion by 2030, thanks to the increasing popularity of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Looking ahead to 2026, it seems that CBDCs and NFTs for tickets, identification, and other purposes will play a significant role.

Additionally, Pal expresses his opinions on Worldcoin (WLD), a biometric cryptocurrency venture that recently introduced its token.

The CEO of Real Vision suggests that a digital identity is necessary for humanity, and Worldcoin offers a potential solution.

Institutional capital flow

Altcoins are gaining favor among institutional investors, despite Bitcoin and the overall market experiencing outflows for two weeks in a row. This information comes from CoinShares, a digital assets manager, which reported that digital assets have received almost half a billion in inflows at the midway point of 2023.

Last week, digital asset investment products experienced minor outflows of US$21m and trading volumes were lower than the weekly average so far this year, with US$915m total.

This trend was also observed in the Bitcoin market, which saw a total of US$16bn traded last week on reliable exchanges, compared to the weekly average of US$52bn this year. As we reach the halfway point of the year, digital assets have seen just under US$0.5bn of inflows.

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