It’s been an up and down year for crypto and bitcoin, but the worst may be finally behind us…

After falling 54% from its $64,863 high in April, bitcoin now trades for around $46,000… That’s a 71% increase from its recent low just one month ago.

Ethereum now trades around $3,200… up 78% from its recent low and just 36% shy of its all-time high of $4,362 set back in May.

And the crypto market as a whole is up about 58% since in the last month… with a market cap just shy of $2 trillion.

In that time, we’ve told you to ignore the short-term, negative catalysts… like tweets from Elon Musk… and China’s crypto crackdown.

And we’ve reminded you that the continued growth of crypto mass adoption – the catalyst that actually matters – is gaining momentum like never before.

As Daily editor Teeka Tiwari said a few months ago…

I want you to think about the 3- to 5-year rate of crypto adoption…

If we have 100 million people now using crypto assets, how many people will be using crypto assets in three years? Will it be significantly more than 100 million? Or substantially less than 100 million?

You don’t need a Ph.D. in applied statistics to figure it out.

But if the current uptick in crypto prices and market cap isn’t enough evidence… today, I’ll share another crypto adoption trend we’ve been watching.

And just like the family offices, hedge funds, public companies, and politicians that bought into crypto before it… this buyer is more evidence of the unstoppable mass-adoption tidal wave overtaking crypto.

It’s also one that could play a larger role in worldwide adoption and acceptance of crypto in the months and years to come…

I’m talking about international crypto adoption… and developing nations, in particular.

Crypto Goes Global

By now you’ve probably heard at least one story about China’s attempts to ban bitcoin and crypto… (You can read our most recent coverage here.)

You may have even heard about the 2017 push to limit or shut down crypto exchanges by China, South Korea, and Japan.

But while negative crypto narratives like these make great headlines and tend to get the most coverage… Nations like India, Uruguay, and Spain are seeing an explosion in crypto acceptance and adoption.

Take India, for example…

In a country where households own more than 25,000 tonnes of gold… the “analog” equivalent of digital assets like bitcoin… investment in crypto grew from around $200 million to roughly $40 billion from April 2020 to May 2021.

That’s a nearly 612% rise in the number of crypto users, according to a report from analytics firm Chainalysis… and Indian crypto platform CoinSwitch Kuber reports onboarding nearly 6 million active users since June 2020.

So that’s 200x crypto-investment growth… a 612% rise in crypto users… and 6 million new trading platform customers. All in just 12-months’ time.

Then there’s Uruguay and Spain…

In South America, Uruguayan senator Juan Sartori has introduced a bill to allow businesses to accept cryptos as payments and regulate their use within the country. Here’s an excerpt:

Crypto assets will be recognized and accepted by law and applicable in any legal business.

They will be considered a valid means of payment, in addition to those included in the financial inclusion law, as long as they comply with the rules set forth in the law and the regulations.

The bill also creates licensing framework that would enable licensed companies to trade crypto assets on exchanges, and allow “storing, holding or safekeeping [of] crypto assets” on a commercial level.

On a similar note, the leading opposition party in Spain has introduced a bill allowing the payment of mortgages with cryptos… along with creating a national crypto assets council to analyze the implications of incorporating crypto and blockchain on a national level.

These countries are just a few recent examples. Singapore, Australia, Thailand, Tonga, Ukraine, and Germany have all made crypto inroads in the last two months, as well…

And we can almost guarantee there will be more international dollars pouring in before the end of the year.

Just imagine the influx when crypto adoption expands even further thanks to new bills and regulations passed in pro-crypto nations.

How to Stay Ahead of the Adoption Curve

Longtime readers know that at PBRG, we focus on the big picture in crypto… We look at long-term mass adoption instead of short-term narratives and price volatility.

Here’s Teeka:

I don’t have a crystal ball. So, I can’t tell you exactly when we’ll see adoption reach 500 million, one billion, or eventually five billion.

But over a one-to-three-year period… I can tell you with a high degree of accuracy that we will see at least 500 million new crypto users

My point is this: Rather than focusing on the day to day – which nobody can consistently predict – focus on the big picture.

In other words, you shouldn’t focus on short-term volatility or negative headlines. Instead, look at the big picture… And that’s mass adoption.

Right now, crypto adoption has achieved escape velocity… it’s no longer the currency of tech geeks and computer nerds… It’s held by everyone from venture capitalists to Wall Street institutions and banks to U.S. politicians…

And now it’s spreading across the globe.

If you’re new to crypto and looking to get ahead of the current mass adoption trend, we suggest beginning with a small stake in bitcoin and Ethereum – around 1–2% of your overall portfolio is a good start.

Teeka predicts bitcoin could hit $500,000 and Ethereum $10,000 or more in the coming years…

So at today’s prices, that’s more than 10x and 3x gains ahead, respectively.

Looking long-term, we expect even more countries and international politicians to promote and adopt bitcoin, Ethereum, and altcoins… and pass bills that push crypto even further into the mainstream spotlight.

As crypto adoption ramps up… your best move is to own some, too.



Grant Wasylik
Analyst, Palm Beach Daily

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