Sygnum Bank '22 Outlook: tipping point for institutional crypto adoption

Sygnum Bank ’22 Outlook: tipping point for institutional crypto adoption

Zurich, 24 January 2022 – Sygnum Bank has published its Digital Asset Outlook 2022 report, analysing the developments that shaped the crypto industry in 2021 and providing a strategic outlook for the market and its key sectors and trends for the year ahead. Key report takeaways include:

  • A tipping point has been reached where asset class maturity and regulatory clarity have passed the threshold for institutional investors to make significant allocations
  • Innovations in decentralisation, scalability and security are driving growth in applications as well as the mainstreaming of user adoption and a diverse range of use cases across multiple segments
  • Web3 presents the next frontier in digital assets with key tokens appreciating more than 2,000 percent in 2021 and blockchain-based gaming and metaverse-related projects gaining momentum

This comprehensive 32-page report is split into three parts:

Part I: Crypto market developments – This section covers key structural shifts including the move to mainstream user adoption, the present tipping point for investor fund flows and the supportive macro-backdrop. Also included is the solving of the bottlenecks of cost, speed and throughput via new innovations and a shift by regulators from scepticism to pragmatism. Key trends explored include expanding corporate use-cases, a potential flippening from Bitcoin to Ethereum, and the emerging metaverse ecosystem.

Part II: Key market segment outlook – This section includes the resolution of longstanding issues in the blockchain protocol layer and the growth of applications and use-cases building-off these newly scalable protocol layers like DeFi, Web3, gaming and the metaverse. A diverse range of market segments are also analysed, including NFTs, stablecoins, asset tokenization and Security Token Offerings (STOs).

Part III: Trends in Focus – In this section, we look at the defining year for Venture Capital, the large investments into custody solutions triggered by ramped-up institutional adoption, and the positive impact of increasing regulatory clarity in leading jurisdictions.

Report author, Katalin Tischhauser, Sygnum’s Head of Discretionary Solutions and Research, says: “We now see the scope of blockchain-fuelled decentralisation accelerating beyond financial applications into a broader range of sectors and use cases that have the potential to touch almost every facet of life. This will transform many industries and greatly expand the universe of crypto assets.”

“2021 was the year when the consensus shifted to accepting that crypto assets are here to stay. Looking forward, our medium-term outlook for the market is strongly bullish as all the key macro drivers point in a positive direction – a rare state for any asset class. In 2022, we expect to see another strong year of continued innovation and growth”, adds

Fabian Dori, Sygnum’s Deputy Group CEO and Head of Asset Management.

The full report can be downloaded here.


About Sygnum
Sygnum is the world’s first digital asset bank, and a digital asset specialist with global reach. With Sygnum Bank AG’s Swiss banking licence, as well as Sygnum Pte Ltd’s capital markets services (CMS) licence in Singapore, Sygnum empowers institutional and private qualified investors, corporates, banks, and other financial institutions to invest in the digital asset economy with complete trust. Sygnum operates an independently controlled, scalable, and future-proof regulated banking platform. Our interdisciplinary team of banking, investment, and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) experts is shaping the development of a trusted digital asset ecosystem. The company is founded on Swiss and Singapore heritage and operates globally. To learn more about Sygnum, please visit

Disclaimer: This document was prepared by Sygnum Bank AG. This document may contain forward looking statements and may be subject to change. The opinions expressed herein are those of Sygnum Bank AG, its affiliates, and partners at the time of writing. The document is for informational purposes only and contains general material. It is for use by the recipient only. It does not constitute any advice or recommendation, an offer or invitation by or on behalf of Sygnum Bank AG to purchase or sell assets or securities. It is not intended to be used as a general guide to investing and should be used for informational purposes only. When making an investment decision, you should either conduct your own research and analysis or seek advice from an expert to make a calculated decision. The information and analyses contained in this document have been compiled from sources believed to be reliable. However, Sygnum Bank AG makes no representation as to its reliability or completeness and disclaims all liability for losses arising from the use of this information.

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