- Bitcoin over the last two weeks surged higher on fears of inflation caused by the Federal Reserve’s easing policies.
- The rally also appeared as the US dollar fell to its lowest level since 2018.
- Observers within the crypto sector noted that Bitcoin is rising out of the fears of dollar debasement.
- Meanwhile, a top Goldman Sachs executive rejected the notion altogether. She stated that the greenback will remain the number one currency despite its short-term downtrend.
As the US dollar index started declining from its March 2020 top, Bitcoin price exploded.
It was because of the Federal Reserve. The US central bank on March 23 decided to offer more than $3 trillion in loans and asset purchases to aid their economy through COVID-induced lockdown. It also lowered the benchmark interest rates close to zero, making it easier for borrowers to obtain cash cheaply.
Four months later, the market is now looking at a more substantial Bitcoin and a weaker US dollar. The top cryptocurrency is up more than 185 percent from its mid-March nadir. Meanwhile, the greenback is trading slightly above its two-year low. The move signaled a lesser demand against the Fed’s abundant cash supply into the economy.
The market now expects more declines for the US dollar after the conclusion of the Fed’s two-day policy meeting on Wednesday.
The committee said it would continue supporting the economy with the same easing policies as they were. The same day, strategists at Goldman Sachs noted that the Fed’s decision would put the US dollar at risk of losing its global reserve currency status. They added that fears of fiat-induced inflation would lead investors to gold.
“Gold is the currency of last resort, particularly in an environment like the current one where governments are debasing their fiat currencies and pushing real interest rates to all-time lows,” the Goldman strategists wrote.
They ignored Bitcoin, an asset that claims to be a digital version of gold. Nevertheless, Bitcoin’s backers jumped ahead and filled the social media with bullish narratives. Part of the reason was the cryptocurrency’s immediate rise from $9,300 towards $11,500 against the fears of inflation.
The $DXY (U.S. Dollar Currency Index) has broken down from a ~9 year uptrend.
And you're still bearish on #Bitcoin?
— RookieX₿T (@RookieXBT) July 30, 2020
But as people start holding Bitcoin in anticipation that it would protect them against inflation, another Goldman Sachs executive believes there won’t be a weaker US dollar.
Sharmin Mossavar-Rahmani, the chief investment officer of private wealth management at Goldman Sachs, said that dollar would maintain its top position in the global currency hierarchy.
“The dollar can cheapen a little bit because it’s moderately overvalued but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be debased, that we are going to have huge inflation and that gold is a good substitute,” she told CNBC in a Thursday interview.
Mossavar-Rahman noted that assets like gold neither generate any income nor support economic and corporate growth. That somewhat put Bitcoin under similar criticism, a scarce cryptocurrency that–more or less– operates as a speculative investment.
Bitcoin was trading at $11,058, down 0.52 percent at the time of this writing.