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Bitcoin, cryptos ‘not a fad’ and won’t ‘go away,’ claims Morgan Stanley exec

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Morgan Stanley is one of the first big U.S banks to offer its wealth management clients access to Bitcoin funds. In fact, its clients have expressed an interest in these digital assets for a few years now.

Recently, Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman spoke to Bloomberg to share his views on these assets. Especially Bitcoin.

Well, it’s fair to say that he has a neutral-to-positive view on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. According to him, irrespective of the noise around the crypto-asset, Gorman doesn’t think the asset is going away.

During his third-quarter earnings call with Bloomberg, Gorman said,

“I don’t think crypto is a fad. I don’t think it’s going to go away.”

He added,

“I don’t know what the value of Bitcoin should or shouldn’t be. But these things aren’t going away, and the blockchain technology supporting it is obviously very real and powerful.”

It’s worth noting, however, that Gorman hasn’t seen a lot of client demand for Bitcoin. That being said, he is not ruling out the notion that crypto may start to play a bigger role in its business.

“For us, honestly, it’s just not a huge part of the business demand for our clients. That may evolve and we will evolve with it. But certainly, it’s not what’s driving our economics one way or the other,” the executive added.

Nevertheless, the bank has taken significant steps to enter the crypto-world. Earlier this year, it doubled its exposure to the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) since April. A significant step indeed considering its position on cryptos in the beginning. Meanwhile, shares of Morgan Stanley are up by 47.8% since the start of 2021.

Zooming out a bit, a number of different executives at these multi-billion dollar valued banks have come out to share their opinions on cryptocurrencies.

Bill Winters, CEO of Standard Chartered, for instance, recently asserted that cryptocurrency assets could serve as a hedge against inflation. He said,

“There’s a role for non-fiat currencies, especially when parts of the market are concerned about inflation—and there’s good reasons to be concerned about inflation.”

On the contrary, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has claimed that Bitcoin is “worthless.”

However, the situation may take a turn for the best soon. Especially in light of rumors that a Bitcoin ETF may be well on its way – as soon as next week.

So, despite some poor opinions about cryptocurrencies, the larger market can still decide whether or not this is a good asset to invest in.

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Shubham is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. A Master's graduate in Accounting and Finance, Shubham's writings mainly focus on crypto-regulations across the United States and Europe. Also, a die-hard Chelsea fan #KTBFFH.