In a recent conversation with Anthony Pompliano, Dan Tapiero, CEO & CIO at 1RoundTable Partners and 10T Holdings, shares his in-depth views on Bitcoin, its position within the macroeconomic landscape, and the future of digital assets.

Tapiero begins by reflecting on the macroeconomic backdrop that has evolved since 2020. He says that unlike the previous consensus that Bitcoin’s value rises solely during periods of negative real interest rates, its performance amidst a 5% short rate scenario signifies a broader appeal and utility beyond just a hedge against fiat debasement. This observation challenges the traditional macro viewpoint, suggesting a deeper, more structural role for Bitcoin in the financial ecosystem.

He notes the shift in perception among macro investors, who initially viewed Bitcoin primarily as a hedge against the debasement of fiat currencies. Tapiero believes Bitcoin’s resilience and strength, even when traditional macroeconomic indicators suggest otherwise, have led to a reevaluation of its role. Tapiero emphasizes that Bitcoin, 15 years after its invention, is now seen as embodying more than just an inflation hedge—it represents the digitization of assets and a new frontier in asset valuation and investment.

Discussing investment strategies, Tapiero advises a balanced approach towards digital asset portfolios, emphasizing the core positions in Bitcoin and Ethereum while also exploring venture and growth equity opportunities within the crypto space.

Tapiero, with a deep background in gold investment, draws parallels and distinctions between gold and Bitcoin. He mentions that while gold serves as a hedge within the “old world” of fiat currencies, Bitcoin transcends this role, offering broader utilities and advantages in the digital asset space. He predicts Bitcoin will continue to outperform gold, underscoring Bitcoin’s broader appeal beyond just an inflation hedge.

Tapiero anticipates a convergence between the equity and token worlds, suggesting a future where traditional equity may evolve or merge into tokenized forms. Tapiero foresees the emergence of more public companies within the crypto space, driven by the growing integration of digital assets into the mainstream financial ecosystem.

Tapiero touches on the cautious approach of central banks and large financial institutions towards Bitcoin. He speculates on the potential for Bitcoin to act as a hedge against sanctions and the geopolitical implications of nation-states adopting Bitcoin. Despite the slow pace of adoption, he believes central banks will eventually recognize Bitcoin’s value.

The conversation concludes with Tapiero’s views on custody and investment pathways for retail and middle-market investors. He sees spot Bitcoin ETF as a significant step forward, enabling broader access to Bitcoin without the complexities of self-custody, thereby serving as an on-ramp for new investors into the digital asset space.

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