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Bitcoin the new gold? Yes, says one Wall Street strategist who sees a 21-fold surge

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A man walks out of a shop displaying a bitcoin sign in Hong Kong.

Bitcoin $55,000? Fundstrat’s Tom Lee, one of the biggest equity bears among the major Wall Street strategists, says it’s possible, but not necessarily for the reasons many bitcoin bulls have suggested. “One of the drivers is crypto-currencies are cannibalizing demand for goldGCQ7, -0.21% ” Lee wrote in a report. “Based on our model, we estimate that bitcoin’s value per unit could be $20,000 to $55,000 by 2022 — hence, investors need to identify strategies to leverage this potential rise in crypto-currencies.” That’s a major jump from the $2,530 level that bitcoin BTCUSD, -0.72%  fetched recently. Of course, this would be on top of what’s already been an impressive stretch, with the price more than doubling since the start of the year. Lee predicts investors will look to bitcoin as a gold substitute, and the fact that the amount of available bitcoin is reaching its limit makes this supply/demand story even more compelling for those looking to turn profits in the crypto market.

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