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Prediction Markets Say No Recession Is Coming

Prediction Markets Say No Recession Is Coming


To investors,

There was more than a 70% chance of a recession occurring in 2023, according to Kalshi prediction markets in July 2023. Not only did the recession never come, but nearly one year later the same Kalshi market is predicting an 8% chance of a recession throughout the rest of 2024.

People are obviously feeling good about where the economy is at the moment. Another way to gauge the positive sentiment is to see how low the odds are of inflation running higher.

For example, most people don’t see a world where inflation will be higher than 3.5% year-over-year based on April’s report.

If you are one of the people who believe inflation will come in higher than the predicted 3.5%, you can wager $100,000 to win more than $800,000 in profits.

This is fascinating because the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 0.4% increase in CPI month-over-month in March. Inflation has been accelerating for months, yet people continue to believe that the year-over-year number will remain at 3.5% or lower.

Some of this disconnect between the data and people’s perspective could be a psychological scarring from the last few years. We saw inflation eventually peak at over 9%, which will leave a lasting impact on the way people think and how they behave.

While all of this has been going on, the US dollar has lost purchasing power. Truflation estimates that the aggregated inflation since 2020 is more than 25%.

At the same time, bitcoin has done a fantastic job of protecting and increasing citizen’s purchasing power. The asset is up more than 200% over the last year.

So people feel positive about the economy. Inflation remains elevated and appears to be accelerating month-over-month. The US dollar is being devalued. Citizens are losing purchasing power. And bitcoin continues to be one of the best ways to provide economic protection to your hard-earned wealth.

Unfortunately, it looks like the bitcoin community is more right with each passing day. I say “unfortunately” because the vast majority of citizens around the world don’t hold bitcoin yet, so they are on the losing end of this situation.

Hopefully that will change in the coming years. Have a great end to your week. I’ll talk to everyone on Monday.

-Anthony Pompliano

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