We know that Federal Reserve monetary policy, with the exception of Paul Volcker, has been incredibly loose helping to produce asset bubbles. Particularly under Bernanke, Yellen and Powell.
But cryptos like Bitcoin saw an amazing run-up in price, once in 2017 which came to a halt as The Fed raised their target rate and started to let their balance sheet shrink. Then came Covid in early 2020 and The Fed’s massive overreaction by pushing their target rate to 0.25 basis points (again) and massively expanded their balance sheet. During the Covid “crisis” and the massive Fed response, we saw Bitcoin soar in price.
But starting in 2022, we saw The Fed counterattack inflation by raising their target rate and the expectation of future rate rose rapidly. With this tightening of rates, we saw Bitcoin come crashing back down. I can see Bitcoin crashing further to 7,000 as The Fed continues their counterattack.
My question is … did Sam Blankman-Fried and his team even notice that cryptos were plunging with Fed tightening? Or did he even care? And what were his models? Or Alameda Research’s models? I would love to look at them.
Today, the PPI Final Demand YoY index printed for October was it was still agonizingly high at 8% YoY (The Fed likes to see 2% for inflation).
True, PPI Final Demand YoY is down from its recent peak of 11.7% YoY in March. But notice that M2 Money YoY (liquidity) has collapsed following the Covid surge (green line).
Then I have this update on Sam Bankman-Fried of FTX and Alameda Research notoriety.
As Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto empire imploded last week, costing him effectively all of his $15.6 billion fortune, other digital-asset billionaires sought to make clear that their steep losses in 2022 wouldn’t be similarly fatal.
Cameron Winklevoss, 41, who along with his twin brother Tyler founded cryptocurrency exchange Gemini, posted an 11-part series of tweets emphasizing that Gemini “has no exposure to FTT tokens or Alameda and no material exposure to FTX,” referring to Bankman-Fried’s trading house and crypto exchange.
And despite Spam Bankman-Fried’s disaster for his investors like Tom Brady, Steph Curry and the Democrat party, the crytpo market has done some recovery with most cryptos this morning.
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