DeFi Technologies subsidiary, Reflexivity Research, hosted its inaugural Bitcoin Investor Day in New York City on March 22, 2024. The event aimed to bridge the gap between traditional finance and the transformative power of Bitcoin. Anthony Pompliano, Reflexivity’s co-founder, moderated discussions featuring industry leaders like Cathie Wood, Anthony Scaramucci, and Mike Novogratz, who explored Bitcoin’s evolving role in both individual and institutional investment strategies.

According to a report by CoinDesk, during a fireside chat at the Bitcoin Investor Day conference, Cathie Wood, who is the ARK Invest CEO and CIO, shared her insights on Bitcoin, describing it as a “financial super highway.” It is worth noting that ARK Invest launched the ARKB, a spot bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), in the U.S. on January 11.

Wood highlighted the current macroeconomic environment, noting the shockwaves sent through global markets by the U.S. Federal Reserve’s interest rate hikes. She pointed out the particular impact on countries like Nigeria, which has seen a rapid adoption of Bitcoin in response to the country’s currency depreciation. This scenario, according to Wood, positions Bitcoin as both a hedge against risk (a risk-off asset) and an investment opportunity (a risk-on asset).

The conversation touched on the broader implications of Bitcoin’s adoption worldwide, especially in emerging markets where traditional financial systems face challenges.

While she refrained from providing a new price target for Bitcoin, she recalled her previous prediction of a $1.5 million price point, suggesting a bullish outlook for the cryptocurrency’s future.

Back in January, during a conversation on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Wood delved into Bitcoin’s prospects with co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Wood, renowned for her insightful predictions in tech and finance, reiterated ARK Invest’s optimistic outlook on Bitcoin. She cited the “Big Ideas” report by ARK Invest, which lays out the critical factors behind their Bitcoin valuation forecast. The report presents a scenario where Bitcoin might hit approximately $600,000. More strikingly, Wood pointed out that their more optimistic scenario, now more likely following the U.S. SEC’s nod to several spot Bitcoin ETFs, anticipates Bitcoin’s value reaching $1.5 million by 2030.

Wood discussed Bitcoin’s importance, portraying it as history’s inaugural global, decentralized, digital, and rule-based monetary system. She conveyed that Bitcoin ushers in a significant transformation in the worldwide financial landscape.

When asked if Bitcoin needs to transition from an asset to a recognized currency to attain these valuations, Wood confirmed such a shift. She referenced ARK’s inaugural analysis of Bitcoin in 2015, still accessible on their website, which examined Bitcoin’s capacity to meet money’s three classic functions: a store of value, a medium of exchange, and a unit of account. Wood’s analysis confirmed Bitcoin’s capability to fulfill these roles.

Exploring the nexus between artificial intelligence and Bitcoin, Wood mentioned a “Bitcoin Brainstorm” session held with their partner, Bitcoin Park in Nashville. This discussion explored how the amalgamation of AI and Bitcoin could transform the labor market, especially in terms of the gig economy in regions like Africa, where changes are already taking root.