Stock picker who predicted $5,000 bitcoin says it’s on track to top Apple’s market cap

 digital asset was trading at about $5,700 on Tuesday.

A Bitcoin conference in New York.

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A Bitcoin conference in New York.

On Monday, Saudi billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said the cryptocurrency with no controlling body was an “Enron in the making.”

Previously, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink called the cryptocurrency “an index of money laundering,” while JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimonpredicted if “you’re stupid enough to buy it, you’ll pay the price for it one day.”

Moas said that the three prominent critics of bitcoin were “heavily invested” in publicly-traded U.S. banks that are currently being threatened by the cryptocurrency. “I don’t expect those people to come out and recommend … to buy bitcoin. Because that hurts their business,” he said.

He said he expects the price of bitcoin to jump to $50,000, possibly within a decade and the market value could cross a trillion dollars.

“You have a supply-demand equation here that is mindboggling to me,” Moas said. Bitcoin has a limited supply of 21 million tokens, which is expected to be reached only in the next century.

But Bitcoin’s growing popularity and acceptance among users to carry out financial transactions could mean a wider adoption in the future — and greater demand for the cryptocurrency. According to Moas, in a few years, there could be about “200 million people around the world trying to get their hands on a few million bitcoin.” That, he said, would drive the price to $50,000 per token.

Other cryptocurrency proponents have also said in the past they expect bitcoin to hit a market value of at least $1 trillion by 2025. Regulation may help lend more credibility to the cryptocurrency among investors.

Moas added that out of the 1,000 or so cryptocurrencies that are currently in existence, he is focusing only on the top 20 names that account for more than 90 percent of the total market value. A majority of the rest are “pump-and-dump scam operations,” he said.

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