Monetary Stimulus Is Rocket Fuel For Bitcoin
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Nassim Taleb once wrote, “The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” While these are definitely horrendous addictions, Taleb forgot to mention a fourth — monetary stimulus.
Central banks are addicted to monetary stimulus and they aren’t even trying to hide it anymore.
The European Central Bank indicated they will resort to more monetary stimulus in September due to the economic outlook getting “worse and worse.” ECB President Mario Draghi specifically stated “This outlook is getting worse and worse. It’s getting worse and worse in manufacturing, especially, and it’s getting worse and worse in those countries where manufacturing is very important.”
While the ECB’s comments were lacking detail, we know that central banks have two tools to combat slowing growth or economic downturns — cut interest rates and print more money. As I continue to say, this is rocket fuel for Bitcoin.
First, the interest rate cuts and quantitative easing are an attempt to continue pumping asset prices, but those tools are going to be less effective than they previously have been. Central banks cut rates by more than 5.0% in the last two recessive periods. Obviously we don’t have 5.0% to cut given the current interest rates are well under that.
Additionally, we printed money recklessly for a decade. Just like an addict that needs to consume more and more of a drug to continue feeling a high, central banks will be required to print such enormous amounts of money that it will dwarf what we saw previously.
The actions of central banks aren’t the only thing that we should be paying attention to either — the timing is very important as well. The impact of monetary stimulus is normally not seen for 6-12 months after the initial actions are taken. Given that the rate cuts are likely to be initiated in September, the impact won’t be seen until February 2020 or later.
That means that the monetary stimulus impact will hit within 90 days of the 50% reduction in the Bitcoin monetary supply schedule. Think about that for a minute. We are going to see traditional assets being artificially pumped at the exact same time that the stock-to-flow ratio of Bitcoin becomes drastically more attractive. Incredible.
Now don’t anticipate Bitcoin’s price to see an immediate increase that causes price charts to look like they are going vertical. Instead, it will take time for the confluence of events to reveal itself in price. Regardless of the timing, Bitcoin’s value proposition is about to become painfully obvious to the world.
A decentralized, digital currency that can’t be manipulated or debased is even more valuable when central banks around the world are manipulating or debasing their currencies. The direct comparison highlights the pros and cons of each monetary system.
Normally I would be worried about these types of central bank decisions, but thankfully we have an alternative asset that provides an insurance policy against this chaos.
Bitcoin was built in the depths of the last recession and has spent the last decade battle hardening itself for this moment — it is time to see just how great Bitcoin can be.
BONUS: US GDP numbers for last quarter just came in at 2.1%. This is down from 3.1% the quarter before. As the economy slows, both here in the US and abroad, it will accelerate the monetary stimulus plans of central banks. Buckle up.
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