• An independent Digital Monetary Institute set up by a central bank think tank will study CBDCs in earnest
  • Investment app CEO believes a Bitcoin ATH is coming, followed my FOMO

As Bitcoin markets appear to consolidate, we look at some of the bullish news to come out this week for a Sunday analysis of sentiment looking to the week ahead.

We start with some pretty strong stuff from the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), which is a global central banking think tank, who has recently launched its independent Digital Monetary Institute. Its aim? To build this often spoken about bridging between traditional finance and digital currencies.

To begin with, the institute will focus on wholesale and retail payment instruments but will also shine a light on the much discussed central bank digital currencies (CBDC). OMFIF on its own has already done a significant bit of research, publishing CBDC literature for the past two years. OMFIF head of fintech research Bhavin Patel explained:

“We believe there will be more central bank digital currency projects in the next few years, both on the wholesale and retail sides of the market and in many jurisdictions including the euro area.”

Among those who founded the new institute are regulators, financiers, technologists and a sprinkling of blockchain firms like Microsoft for Startups member Cypherium. Patel said these firms would be a source of technical expertise for policymakers in the institute. The Digital Monetary Institute plans to invite both public and private sectors to discuss issues at a regular program of meetings and forums.

The OMFIF roundtable discussions have been graced in the past by senior officials from the European Central Bank, the Bank for International Settlements, as well as the central banks of Australia, China, Japan, and Europe.

Cypherium CEO Sky Guo believed the multitude of industry experts could only be beneficial, saying:

“Through the Institute’s events and conferences, we can explore practical and detailed ways in which Cypherium’s technology may benefit our global financial systems. The world and markets are ever-changing, and we are in uncertain times. Blockchains have become one of the indisputable innovation engines of our time, and they will certainly help us navigate toward a more prosperous future.”

Back to Bitcoin, there will be fewer opinions more bullish than that of Aleks Svetski, co-founder and CEO of Bitcoin (BTC) investing application Amber, who said that the crypto is on its way to another all-time high. In an email to CoinTelegraph, he wrote:

“It’s just a matter of time – there’s a perfect storm brewing and the pressure will have to go somewhere… With Bitcoin, supply is fixed, and its utility as an un-inflatable and incorruptible money is only increasing – the only thing left to move is price.”

As we approach the halfway line to 2020, we look back on quite a journey of ups and down, starting from the strongest start to the year ever, followed by its biggest single-day crash on Black Thursday in March when it lost almost 80% of its value, and then rising back in just as strong fashion to current levels near USD 9,000.

Svetski believes Bitcoin needs only “time and momentum” to get back to old heights and beyond, but was happy to wait for that to happen, saying it would give him and others to stack those satoshi while prices were at a bargain. But, once all-time highs are broken, extreme fear of missing out was next: “Disbelief, followed by FOMO.”

He reflected:

“Retail punters will initially be hesitant, but as it charges ahead to $25k, $30k, $40k, the disbelief will transform into FOMO and we’ll see an incredible price acceleration.”

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