Major cryptocurrencies erased losses and turned higher after Binance Holdings Ltd.’s Chief Executive Officer Changpeng Zhao said the world’s largest digital-asset exchange plans to set up an industry recovery fund.
Zhao said Monday the goal was to “reduce further cascading negative effects” of the bankruptcy of rival exchange FTX, adding the fund will assist otherwise strong projects that are facing a liquidity squeeze.
So, cryptos are up today with Cronos up 24% overnight. Of course, Cronos is trading near zero, so any upturns in price register as large turns.
But across the board, cryptos are up. Of course, if Zhao changes his mind, look out.
I am waiting for the list of pension funds that invested in Sam Bankman-Fried’s schemes.
Let’s see if Alameda Research’s CEO Caroline Ellison faces any wrath from the DOJ or SEC. I doubt it.
In addition to rampant 40-year highs in inflation, we have the Clark Griswold of the economy, Fed Chair Jerome Powell, slamming his foot on the economic breaks to combat inflation created by Biden’s energy mandates and reckless Federal spending (like the aforementioned, laughable “Inflation Reduction Act.”
So, Biden helps creates massive inflation and Powell and the Gang counterattacked by raising their target rate with more to come (at least until May 2023). And with the implied Fed Funds rate soaring (red line), we are seeing the FANG stocks (Facebook or Meta, Amazon, Netflix and Google) falling more rapidly (white line) than the S&P 500 index. Which is also falling like a rock (yellow line). All this is happening as M2 Money YoY crashes and burns.
How about growth versus value under Cousin Eddie and Clark Griswold? The Vanguard Growth ETF and Vanguard Real Estate ETF are plunging with Fed tightening (red line). Vanguard’s Value ETV (yellow line) is down too, but not by as much.
Yes, Washington DC elites. The gift that keeps on giving … bad things.
Thanks to my former GMU student Andrew Edwards for the Cousin Eddie suggestion!
The US economy is slowing as inflation ravages consumers. US Regular Gasoline prices, for example, are up 104% under President Biden which helps to slow the economy.
US personal consumption expenditures fell to +0.2% MoM in May as “inflation” or real personal consumption expenditures PRICES rose +6.3% YoY as The Fed’s balance sheet (aka, Master Blaster!) remains.
As I mentioned above, US regular gasoline prices are UP 103% under President Biden, diesel prices (the cost of shipping goods to markets like … food is up 119% under Biden while CRB foodstuffs is up 55% under China Joe.
Now we have mortgage rates in the US falling for the first time in four weeks. The average for a 30-year loan was 5.7%, down from 5.81% last week, Freddie Mac said in a statement Thursday.
This year’s Fourth of July celebration is going to cost 18% more than last year’s celebration.
Lastly, the Atlanta Fed GDPNow real time tracker for Q2 is showing … -1% GDP “growth.”
How did healthcare insurance companies get a seat at the table for the massive infrastructure bill is beyond me.
President Biden and Congressional Democrats are celebrating the signing of the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Bill at the White House. Remember, of the $1.2 trillion estimated price tag, less than 10 percent –$110 billion – will fund true infrastructure: bridges, roads, tunnels, and waterways.
And what the hell is healthcare doing in the infrastructure bill?
H.R. 3864 will restore a 2 percent cut in reimbursements to Medicare providers, on top of all the other federal payments reductions.
A second health care provision buried in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill delays implementation of the Medicare Part D Rebate Rule, a Trump-era rule that would inject competitive forces into the market for prescription drugs. Just like payment cuts, by delaying this rule, desperately needed drugs will remain unaffordable and therefore unavailable.