The Injured Hawk and Crypto Zombie
If anyone had any lingering doubt about the future place of crypto in the financial markets, let it now be set to rest.
Yesterday, one of the oldest and largest Swiss Banks, Julius Bär announced that they will soon be offering a range of new digital assets for their clients.
This comes less than 24 hours after the news that the Nasdaq has now added two new digital currency price indexes for Bitcoin and Ethereum provided by Brave New Coin, as the exchange prepares to offer tradeable crypto futures.
The last 8 months is already being dubbed the “crypto winter” and while prices were falling, it was understandable that the large incumbent financial institutions had shelved some of their crypto projects. Now that the market is showing signs that Spring is coming, those plans are back on the table. After all, they wouldn’t want to miss out on the next bull run.
It looks likely that, within the next few months, every portfolio manager in the world will have easy access to trade on and invest in bitcoin, ethereum, and other cryptoassets.
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The Crypto Zombie
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As the Fed Chair Jerome Powell was giving his testimony to Congress yesterday some pictures emerged on Twitter of an injured hawk that had been valiantly rescued by the New York Police Department.
Several market pundits were quick to capitalize on the obvious play on words as a ‘hawk’ in financial terminology is someone who advocates higher interest rates and tighter monetary policy.
In many ways, Chairman Powell is like an injured hawk. He came into his role while the economy was flying, but shortly he stressed the need to raise interest rates, the stock markets went into a tizzy and the Fed was forced to back down. Even in his testimony yesterday while Powell did emphasize that the economy was strong, he still reiterated the need for patience when raising interest rates.
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Another issue that Chairman Powell touched on yesterday, which I feel is worth bringing to your attention, is the idea that because the United States is able to print as many US Dollars as they want, they can potentially rack up an unlimited amount of debt with little effect on the economy.
The injured hawk pushed back strongly against this concept yesterday and even highlighted one of the growing problems in the US economy that we’ve been speaking about in these daily updates for a while now.
Of course, this isn’t an immediate concern of the financial markets but it’s worth thinking about as investors increasingly rely on central banks to prop up financial markets.
Crypto Condition Normal
After the weekend’s excitement, the crypto markets have been particularly flat over the last 48 hours. Volumes across exchanges have come down from the highs but remain elevated.
In many ways, this is a positive progression. We’ve discussed several times already how volatility is the double-edged sword of the crypto markets. Ideally, the best way forward is to see more gradual gains rather than these wild boom and bust cycles.
This was also a defining topic of a recent conversation I had with a popular YouTuber nicknamed K-Dub on his channel Crypto Zombie. The feedbacks on our broadcast were fantastic so definitely wanted to share this with you as well.
Make sure to catch the recording at this link, and definitely check out his channel as well. He’s got some great content that’s especially fit for crypto newbies.
Have a wonderful day ahead!
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