Financial historian and Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, Niall Ferguson, has penned a lengthy piece on Bitcoin which is getting noticed by the crypto community.
In it, the former Harvard and Oxford University professor commented on how the traditional naysayers and debunkers have softened their collective stances this year as the asset outperforms most other traditional investments.
Big Bitcoin Endorsements
The piece was re-tweeted a number of times, most recently by 10T Holdings co-founder Dan Tapiero who observed that this could garner huge attention. Of particular note were the comments on the integration of Bitcoin into the U.S. financial system;
“Rather than seeking to create a Chinese-style digital dollar, Joe Biden’s nascent administration should recognize the benefits of integrating Bitcoin into the U.S. financial system,”
Shocking and Incredible.
“Biden should integrate #Bitcoin into US financial system.”
Most respected financial historian alive @nfergus bitcoin comments to attract huge attention.
Favorite Establishment figure on monetary issues to galvanize action. Wow.https://t.co/xIgPIWgg88
— Dan Tapiero (@DTAPCAP) November 30, 2020
Ferguson made additional references to China’s digital yuan adding that its potential for adoption for remittance payments or cross-border trade settlements is ‘substantial’.
The Bloomberg columnist had previously written on the virtues of Bitcoin stating that there are far fewer coins in circulation than there are millionaires on the planet.
“If millionaires collectively decided to hold just 1% of their wealth as Bitcoin, the price would be above $75,000 — higher, if adjustment is made for all the bitcoins that have been lost or hoarded.”
Big Names Paying Attention
He made reference to a number of big names in the financial world including Paul Tudor Jones, Stan Druckenmiller, Bill Miller, and even Ray Dalio that are now appearing to turn bullish. Even ardent Bitcoin detractors such as Peter Schiff and Nouriel Roubini, also mentioned in the article, have started to change their tune.
He added that adoption has much further to go, quoting Argentine-born tech investor Wences Casares who stated after ten years of working well without interruption, with close to 100 million holders, adding more than a million new holders per month and moving more than $1 billion per day worldwide;
“it has a 50% chance of hitting a price of $1 million per bitcoin in five to seven years’ time.”
The advantages of sovereignty and scarcity are obvious at a time when the supply of fiat money is exploding, Ferguson added, concluding that there was a clear demand for more privacy when it comes to a payment system that will inevitably replace cash.