Goldman Sachs will reportedly offer ether options for clients as the firm expands its crypto-trading business

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  • Goldman Sachs will offer ether options and futures to its clients, Bloomberg first reported.
  • “We’ve actually seen a lot of interest from clients who are eager to trade,” Mathew McDermott of Goldman said.
  • The bank also has plans to facilitate trades via exchange-traded notes tracking bitcoin.
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Goldman Sachs will offer ether options and futures to its clients as the investment bank expands its cryptocurrency trading business, Bloomberg first reported.

“We’ve actually seen a lot of interest from clients who are eager to trade as they find these levels as a slightly more palatable entry point,” Mathew McDermott, head of digital assets at Goldman, told Bloomberg.

He continued: “We see it as a cleansing exercise to reduce some of the leverage and the excess in the system, especially from a retail perspective.”

The New York-based bank is expanding from its bitcoin offering after restarting its cryptocurrency trading desk to trade bitcoin futures earlier this year amid a boom in the popular coin. Goldman first set up a cryptocurrency desk in 2018.

The 47-year-old McDermott also told Bloomberg that Goldman has plans to facilitate trades via exchange-traded notes tracking bitcoin.

Cryptocurrencies, led by bitcoin, have staged a modest rebound on Monday following its massive crash in May when it lost almost half of its market value in one week alone.

Yet a recent finding from crypto-asset broker Voyager revealed that 81% of respondents in a recent survey are more confident in the future of cryptocurrency following last month’s sell-off.

“Institutional adoption will continue,” McDermott said. “Despite the material price correction, we continue to see a significant amount of interest in this space.”

In March, that bank’s COO and president John Waldron said he has seen an increase in interest from his clients when it comes to investing in bitcoin.

“Client demand is rising,” Waldron said in a Wolfe Virtual FinTech Forum. “The pandemic has been a significant accelerant. There is no question in our mind there will be more digital commerce … and (use of) digital money.”

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Oil will surge 19% and copper will see double-digit returns over the next 6 months as economic reopening gives commodities a boost, Goldman says

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  • Goldman Sachs said it expects commodities to stage double-digit rallies over the next six months.
  • Tailwinds include coronavirus restrictions easing worldwide, on top of lower interest rates and a weaker dollar.
  • The price of Brent crude oil could surge 19% while copper could rise 11%.
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Goldman Sachs expects commodities prices to stage double-digit rallies over the next six months as coronavirus restrictions ease across the world, aided by lower interest rates and a weaker dollar.

The bank in a note Wednesday said it predicts the price of Brent crude, oil’s international benchmark, to rise 19% to $80 a barrel and West Texas Intermediate crude to jump 20% to $77 a barrel.

“We expect the biggest jump in oil demand ever – a 5.2 [million barrels per day] rise over the next six months, 50% larger than the next largest increase over that time frame since 2000 and almost twice as large as the biggest 6 million supply rise since 2000,” analysts led by Jeffrey Currie said.

The analysts also upgraded their 12-month price target for copper to $11,000 per tonne, a jump of 11% from current levels. If the green capital expenditure is at the center of the commodity supercycle, they said copper is at the center of this trend. Copper is a critical raw material for green infrastructure and has an under-invested supply side, they said.

“The only way this record-sized and fast approaching supply crunch can be solved is via a surge in price to new record highs,” the analysts said. “We essentially see the copper market sleepwalking to a classic case of ‘Revenge of the old economy,’ just as oil did during the 2000s commodity boom.”

As for gold, the analysts see the price of the yellow metal rising 12% to $2,000 an ounce over the next six months, highlighting its “real use” compared to bitcoin.

“While bitcoin benefits from greater liquidity, it suffers from lack of real use and weak [environmental, social, governance] scoring due to its high energy consumption which makes it vulnerable to losing store of value demand to another better designed cryptocurrency,” the analysts said.

Edmund Moy, former Director of the US Mint and now chief market strategist at gold seller Valaurum, agreed.

“Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are many things but I do not consider them a store of value yet because they do not have a long history of maintaining its value, the way gold has,” he told Insider. “I could change my mind…Ask me again in two thousand years.”

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