Federal Reserve To Taper Money Printing That Fueled Bitcoin Rally
“On one hand, tightened monetary policy may lead to less rapid growth of bitcoin demand, as many use it to hedge inflation, and less QE in theory means less inflation,” said Joe DiPasquale, CEO of the cryptocurrency hedge fund BitBull Capital. “On the other hand, the effects of the largest QE in history may lead to the largest inflation in history, regardless of the Fed attempting to scale back. If this happens, we expect demand, and prices, for bitcoin to rise to new all-time highs.“ Federal Reserve To Taper Money Printing That Fueled Bitcoin Rally
The $120 billion of monthly bond purchases has provided a tailwind for bitcoin as investors see the cryptocurrency as a hedge against dollar debasement in the face of ultra-loose monetary policies.
The U.S. Federal Reserve announced plans to taper its $120-billion-a-month in bond purchases, taking the first step toward winding down a post-coronavirus money-printing program that has inspired many investors to buy bitcoin as a hedge against inflation.
The Fed said Wednesday in a statement that it will reduce the pace of asset purchases by $15 billion a month starting this month. Purchases of U.S. Treasurys will drop to $70 billion a month from $80 billion, while purchases of government-backed mortgage securities will decline to $35 billion a month from $40 billion.
Under the plan, the Fed will continue to wind down its purchases by $15 billion every month until the program concludes during the middle of next year.
“The committee judges that similar reductions in the pace of net asset purchases will likely be appropriate each month, but it is prepared to adjust the pace of purchases if warranted by changes in the economic outlook,” the Fed’s monetary policy committee, known as the Federal Open Market Committee, or FOMC, said in the statement.
The asset purchases – a form of stimulus funded by newly created money, known as “quantitative easing,” or QE – have helped to more than double the size of the Fed’s balance sheet since March 2020, to about $8.6 trillion as of last week.
The U.S. central bank left interest rates unchanged at close to 0%, but a growing number of analysts in traditional markets are predicting the Fed might have to start hiking the benchmark rate to tamp down inflation at a time when U.S. consumer prices are rising at a clip not seen on a sustained basis in three decades.
So If the Fed stays the course and tilts hawkish on inflation, bitcoin might look incrementally less attractive as a hedge against dollar debasement, and the cryptocurrency’s price could come under downward pressure similar to the predictions for the stock market.
Bitcoin’s price briefly dropped after the statement but by press time was essentially unchanged around $62,300. The Fed’s decision had been fully telegraphed by officials prior to the meeting, and thus may have been anticipated by the market.
“On one hand, tightened monetary policy may lead to less rapid growth of bitcoin demand, as many use it to hedge inflation, and less QE in theory means less inflation,” said Joe DiPasquale, CEO of the cryptocurrency hedge fund BitBull Capital. “On the other hand, the effects of the largest QE in history may lead to the largest inflation in history, regardless of the Fed attempting to scale back. If this happens, we expect demand, and prices, for bitcoin to rise to new all-time highs.“
DiPasquale said that BitBull has a price target of $80,000 for bitcoin by the end of 2021.
‘Expected To Be Transitory’
Fed Chairman Jerome Powell had signaled during a meeting in September that there was “broad support” to begin tapering of the asset purchases, based on a plan to complete the effort “sometime around the middle of next year, which seems appropriate.”
A growing group of high-profile investors including the legendary hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones II and the venture capitalist Peter Thiel have joined many crypto traders in betting that bitcoin can be effective as a hedge against inflation. That’s mainly due to the limits on new supplies of bitcoin, as hard-coded into the 12-year-old blockchain’s underlying programming.
JPMorgan analysts wrote recently that more investors are seeing the cryptocurrency as an inflation hedge.
But bitcoin also has often been highly correlated with U.S. stocks, which can come under downward pressure when the Fed tightens monetary policy, because higher borrowing costs often translate to higher financing costs for companies, potentially becoming a drag on quarterly profits.
In Wednesday’s statement, the FOMC said it noted that inflation was “elevated” but said the factors behind the consumer price increases were “expected to be transitory.”
What’s A Taper, And Why Has The Fed Started Tapering?
If you heard economists arguing about “the taper” this year, chances were they weren’t talking about pants or haircuts but about central banks. The question has been when the U.S. Federal Reserve and its global peers, including the European Central Bank, would start to pull back on the massive bond-buying programs they unleashed in 2020, when economies staggering under the pandemic needed all the stimulus central banks could give.
Now that the Fed has laid out its tapering plan, the debate is likely to shift to whether it can find the right balance between giving too much or too little support to an economy in transition.
1. What’s A Taper?
That’s the term Fed officials (and others) use to describe a plan to take their foot off the gas gradually, by trimming bond purchases over an extended period. The hope is to wean the economy slowly off the extra stimulus the purchases provide to avoid a crash landing. The Fed has been buying $120 billion of bonds per month. The plan announced on Nov. 3 calls for that to come down by $15 billion a month starting later in November.
2. What had the Fed done with bond buying?
As markets reeled from the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Fed officials announced that the bank would buy $200 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities and $500 billion of Treasuries. Initially, that was described as a way of helping to maintain market liquidity. In December 2020, officials said the bank would purchase $80 billion a month in Treasuries and $40 billion a month in mortgage securities until there was “substantial progress” in the economic recovery. Between early March 2020 and late October 2021, the Fed raised the value of the assets it holds from $4.2 trillion to $8.6 trillion.
3. What’s The Idea?
The Fed’s usual method of fighting recessions is to push down the interest rates banks charge each other for overnight loans, which allows banks to offer cheaper loans to businesses and consumers, thereby stimulating economic activity. But in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the Fed realized that cutting its rate virtually to zero was not medicine enough. So the Fed began buying bonds in hopes of driving down long-term rates that are usually outside its control, in a program it called quantitative easing.
4. Had That Ever Been Done Before?
Yes, but never on such a massive scale. In the six years that followed the 2008 financial crisis, the Fed bought more than $3.5 trillion in bonds. Other central banks had similar programs at the time, including the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, and the Bank of England. The European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan never stopped the bond purchases they started after the financial crisis, and stepped up their buying after the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020.
5. How Did The Taper Work That Time?
It took 10 months. The reductions were announced in December 2013 and began the following month, with the Fed detailing cuts by $10 billion at each policy-setting meeting, divided evenly between Treasuries and mortgage bonds. The Fed wrapped up all the buying in October 2014 and went on to lift rates in December 2015 after keeping them steady for seven years.
6. What led to the taper decision this time?
The U.S. economy rebounded strongly in the first half of 2021 and while growth showed sharply in the third quarter, supply-chain bottlenecks and pent-up demand have stoked inflation to the highest levels since 1991.
Meanwhile, the labor market has continued to add jobs, albeit at a slower pace than over the summer, and unemployment has fallen to 4.8%. That allowed Fed officials to declare the test for tapering had been met, which Chair Jerome Powell clearly flagged in remarks on Oct. 22, saying “I do think it’s time to taper.”
7. What’s At Stake?
A lot, with the gusher of cash awash in the financial system helping to drive U.S. stocks and housing prices to record highs and Treasury yields holding just above six-month lows. Markets will be watching not only when the Fed begins to taper, but the pace at which it does so. When the tapering plan was announced, Powell noted that the pace of $15 billion a month put the bank on track to wrap the process up by mid-2022, but said it could be speeded up or slowed down depending on the economic outlook.
Investors could take a decision to speed up the taper as a sign that the Fed will also accelerate rate hikes. Tightening policy too quickly could derail the economic recovery at a time of continued uncertainty over the duration of the health crisis. Moving too slowly could fuel the inflation pressures unleashed by the reopening from the pandemic.
8. Are Other Central Banks Following Suit?
ECB President Christine Lagarde promised in July that the Frankfurt-based central bank had learned from past crises and wouldn’t derail the euro area’s economic recovery by withdrawing emergency support too early. The ECB has been purchasing debt at an average pace of 80 billion euros ($94.6 billion) a month and has about half a trillion euros left to spend under its 1.85 trillion-euro emergency program.
In September, the bank said that it would slow the pace of its pandemic bond-buying program in the final quarter of 2021, a shift Lagarde insisted wasn’t a taper in that it didn’t herald a wind-down in stimulus for the euro-region’s still-vulnerable recovery.
Fed Seen On Track For 2021 Taper Start Even As Covid-19 Swirls
The Federal Reserve is unlikely to announce a start-date to scaling back asset purchases at its meeting this month, but is still on track to begin in 2021.
Public comments by Fed officials before the central bank begins its pre-meeting blackout showed them unswayed by concerns over the delta variant, which slowed the pace of hiring last month, and hewing closely to Chair Jerome Powell’s Aug. 27 message that tapering could start later this year. The quiet period on public Fed comment begins midnight Friday in Washington.
“I don’t think the August employment report has changed my view,” Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester told reporters Friday. “I’d be very comfortable with us starting this year and winding down the purchases over the first half of next year.” New York Fed President John Williams and Governor Michelle Bowman also said that scaling back buying could be appropriate this year.
The Federal Open Market Committee will gather Sept. 21-22 and could signal tapering at its meeting in early November, while retaining flexibility to delay until December if the economy doesn’t perform as well as expected.
“The right base case is still that the Fed makes the taper decision in November,” Evercore ISI head of central bank strategy Krishna Guha wrote in a note to clients. He expects language from the Fed meeting “that leans November for tapering but does not lock November” because a weak employment report for September could nudge them to delay until December.
The resurgence of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the U.S. has damped some economic activity, including hiring. The slowdown has prompted some of the Fed’s proponents of an earlier taper to either revise their calls or say they are carefully observing what’s happening in the economy before making a final decision.
“I’ll be watching carefully how the economy is unfolding between now and our Sept. 22 meeting,” Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said Wednesday in a virtual event. “I don’t see a fundamental change to the outlook; if I get to the meeting and continue to feel that way, I’d be advocating that we should announce a plan for adjusting these purchases in the September meeting and begin shortly thereafter, maybe in October.”
While Kaplan is one of the more hawkish FOMC members when it comes to scaling back the central bank’s $120 billion per month in bond purchases, some colleagues who were in that camp are no longer pushing so hard.
Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic, who just a few weeks ago said that the economy was “very close” to meeting the central bank’s conditions to start tapering, told Dow Jones this week he doesn’t expect the decision to come at the September meeting.
Increased virus cases and weaker economic data indicate that more time is needed before the Fed can make a final decision on reducing stimulus, Bostic said, though he still saw tapering beginning this year.
While the recent flare up in coronavirus cases has hampered some parts of the economy, many Fed officials have argued that it won’t actually lead to a contraction as businesses and people have become more adept at living through these surges.
Not everyone is convinced the Fed will taper in 2021.
“Tapering is off the table this month and whether the Fed will make an announcement before year-end depends on the strength of employment, which is being held back by increasingly acute labor shortages and the spread of the delta variant,” Paul Ashworth, chief North America economist at Capital Economics, wrote in a note.
Fed Officials Prepare For November Reduction In Bond Buying
Phasing out the Fed’s pandemic-era stimulus by the middle of 2022 could clear the path for an interest-rate increase.
Federal Reserve officials will seek to forge agreement at their coming meeting to begin scaling back their easy money policies in November.
Many of them have said in recent interviews and public statements that they could begin reducing, or tapering, their $120 billion in monthly purchases of Treasurys and mortgage-backed securities this year. While they are unlikely to do so at their meeting on Sept. 21-22, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell could use that gathering to signal they are likely to start the process at their following session, on Nov. 2-3.
Under the plans taking shape, officials could reduce those purchases at a pace that allows them to conclude asset buying by the middle of next year.
Mr. Powell said in a recent speech that at their July meeting, he believed that “if the economy evolved broadly as anticipated, it could be appropriate to start reducing the pace of asset purchases this year.” New York Fed President John Williams, a top ally of Mr. Powell’s, made a nearly identical statement during a virtual appearance on Wednesday.
The central bank last December said it would continue the current pace of bond buying until officials concluded they had achieved “substantial further progress” toward their goals of 2% average inflation and robust employment.
“I think it’s clear that we have made substantial further progress on achieving our inflation goal,” Mr. Williams said. “There has also been very good progress toward maximum employment.”
The Delta variant of the coronavirus has resulted in a surge in new infections, but many Fed officials have said it isn’t posing the same headwind to consumer spending as did earlier virus waves last year.
Mr. Williams told reporters Wednesday that while the pandemic was likely a factor in a hiring slowdown last month, he said the overall path of employment gains this year has been sturdy.
He said he is more focused on overall hiring this year than on monthly fluctuations, a sign that the August job figures wouldn’t alter plans to taper in November. “Some months come in stronger, some not so strong—it’s really about the accumulation,” he said.
The Fed cut its short-term benchmark interest rate to near zero in March 2020 and has been buying $80 billion in Treasurys and $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities every month since June 2020 to provide additional stimulus to the economy.
Fed officials have indicated they don’t want to be in a position where they are still increasing their $8.4 trillion asset portfolio when an interest-rate increase might be needed to keep inflation in check.
Officials still have to iron out the exact pace of any taper. Some have advocated reducing their purchases of Treasurys and mortgage bonds in regular, proportional intervals so that the Fed could conclude asset buying by the middle of 2022. That would be somewhat sooner than anticipated by New York banks that responded to a Fed survey in mid-July.
One possible path under consideration would see the central bank reduce its purchases of Treasury bonds by $10 billion a month and mortgage securities by $5 billion a month.
The Fed wound down its previous bond-buying program very gradually, reducing its purchases over the course of 10 months. But when it announced the plan in December 2013, the economy was weaker than now, with higher unemployment and low inflation.
Today’s economy is growing rapidly and faces challenges from supply-chain disruptions as opposed to anemic demand. Unemployment is much lower, at 5.2% in August. Inflation is much hotter. And bond yields, which spiked in 2013 when Fed officials began talking publicly about reducing bond purchases, have tumbled this year.
“It’s a different set of circumstances this time, both on inflation, on growth, on unemployment and employment,” said Mr. Williams. “There’s no necessity to follow a specific time frame or approach from before. It’s really about setting policy as appropriate for the conditions that we’re in today.”
Disrupted supply chains, temporary shortages and a rebound in travel have pushed inflation to its highest readings in decades.
Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, rose 3.6% in July from a year earlier, according to the Fed’s preferred gauge.
A different gauge of overall prices, the consumer-price index, rose 5.3% in July. The Labor Department is set to release August inflation figures for that index next week.
Fed Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said last month he thought the risks of higher-than-projected inflation were more prominent than the risks of lower-than-anticipated inflation. He also said he thought the unemployment rate could fall to 3.8% next year with inflation running above 2.1%, which would satisfy by the end of next year the thresholds the Fed has laid out to raise interest rates.
Mr. Powell has gone out of his way in public remarks to sever any perceived link between the Fed’s tapering plans and its thinking about when to begin raising interest rates.
But that could be difficult because several Fed officials have pushed to conclude the asset purchases by the middle of next year to clear the decks for a potential rate increase. It could be even trickier if new projections at the coming meeting show most officials expect they will need to raise rates next year.
At their June 15-16 policy meeting, most of the 18 officials who participated thought they would need to raise interest rates by a half percentage point through 2023; seven thought they would need to raise rates next year.
If just two more officials pencil in a rate increase in 2022, that would account for half of all meeting participants. It would underscore their growing expectation that a burst of fiscal stimulus this year, coupled with bottlenecks associated with reopening the economy, had either put the Fed on track to meet its inflation and employment objectives or that it had created a risk that inflation would continue running too high.
Treasury’s Tapering Seen Outpacing Fed, With $1 Trillion In Cuts
The Federal Reserve won’t be the only one announcing a taper on Wednesday. The Treasury Department, for the first time in more than five years, will likely unveil a scaling down of its behemoth quarterly sale of longer-term securities.
In time, the Treasury’s reduction in issuance of coupon-bearing debt — notes and bonds with interest payments — will outweigh the Fed’s zeroing out of its quantitative-easing purchases of Treasuries. It’s a dynamic that hasn’t captured sufficient attention from investors, according to Wells Fargo & Co., and could help limit increases in borrowing costs as the central bank withdraws stimulus.
Sales of regular coupon-bearing debt will be pared back by some $1 trillion by about the third quarter of 2022, according to a number of Wall Street banks. By comparison, Fed Chair Jerome Powell has said the central bank’s $80 billion-a-month in Treasuries purchases will be completely terminated by mid-2022.
The reductions are expected to start with auctions at the so-called quarterly refunding next week, which is forecast to total less than the record $126 billion of the past three episodes.
While the Treasury’s exact borrowing needs will depend in part on two longer-term fiscal packages that Congress aims to enact in coming weeks, the U.S. budget deficit is now on a downward path — making the record auction sizes put in place last year to fund pandemic relief unnecessary.
“Under a relatively wide range of plausible outcomes for the fiscal packages being negotiated, the current auction schedule will result in substantial over-funding for Treasury,” said Praveen Korapaty, chief rates strategist at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. “And these issuance reductions will largely offset the expected loss of demand from the Fed as it tapers asset purchases.”
The Treasury’s Wednesday release, coming just hours before the Fed’s policy announcement, will cover details of the department’s November quarterly refunding sales. Those include 3-, 10- and 30-year debt, as well as plans for any changes in Treasuries issuance over the coming months.
Primary dealers’ expectations for the auctions center around $119 billion to $120 billion in total.
Issuance plans are expected to assume that Congress will lift the federal debt ceiling, which on the basis of currently legislated limits is likely to prevent further borrowing at some point, from as soon as early December. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Democrats should be open to acting on their own to address the debt ceiling, the Washington Post reported.
“Once again, Treasury is faced with making financing projections with uncertainty over government spending,” Jefferies analysts Thomas Simons and Aneta Markowska wrote in a note. They referred to the outstanding need to boost the debt limit and the lack of clarity about any potential deficit financing tied to a $1.75 trillion social-spending bill Democrats are trying to pass.
Still, dealers generally expect the Treasury to follow the advice of its borrowing committee — a group comprising dealers, investors and other stakeholders — which recommended in August reductions to all maturities starting in November, with heavier cuts for 7- and 20-year Treasuries.
TBAC Suggests Cutting Nominal Coupon Auction Sizes In November
The Jefferies Team Expects The Following:
* Refunding Sales Totaling $118 Billion
* Reductions Across Maturities:
* $2 Billion Per Month For 2-, 3-, And 5-Year Notes
* $3 Billion Per Month For 7-Year Notes
* $3 Billion For 10- And 30-Year New Issues And Reopenings
* $4 Billion For 20-Year Bond New Issues And Reopenings
With the world’s biggest debt market on the cusp of a major shift in the supply-demand dynamic — and some differences of opinions by dealers on how much each tenor is cut — it may provide some trading opportunities for investors.
Inflation-linked debt is the one category dealers foresee Treasury continuing to increase issuance. That’s as increases of Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities trailed the pace of the boost to regular, or nominal, notes and bonds over the past year and a half. Inflationary fears also have been stoking demand for TIPS.
What remains a wild card for issuance plans is the Treasury’s desire to rebuild an ample cash buffer, after it was forced to run down its stockpile thanks to the debt-limit strains of recent months. To do that, it will need to ramp up the supply of Treasury bills.
The Treasury’s cash balance is about $260 billion now, having rebounded since it plunged to $47 billion on Oct. 14 — its lowest since September 2017.
“Bill issuance levels are very hard to pinpoint with certainty now because it’s really dependent on how fast Treasury runs out of cash and how fast the debt ceiling gets resolved,” said Jan Nevruzi, a strategist at NatWest Markets.
NatWest’s base case is that the debt ceiling will be resolved in November or early December. That, the firm predicts, will enable the Treasury to lift net bill issuance in 2022 by about $300 billion — bringing its cash balance back to around $800 billion.
Still, most investors will be more keenly focused on the likely inflection point of falling Treasury note and bond issuance and the potential for that dynamic to help limit any increase in borrowing costs as the Fed normalizes policy.
“We expect Treasury supply will fall faster than the Fed’s Treasury purchases,” a team of Wells Fargo strategists including Zachary Griffiths said in a note. And “reduced Treasury supply has been receiving too little attention in the market. This should change on November 3, with the Treasury refunding to resemble a slasher movie a couple of days after Halloween,” they wrote.
The Bond Market Is A Powder Keg. Can The Fed Defuse It?
Yields are throwing a tantrum across the globe, forcing central bankers to grapple with elevated inflation.
Taper Tantrum 2.0 has arrived just as the Federal Reserve plans to start scaling back its asset purchases. This time is different from the original edition in 2013 in a few important ways — raising the stakes for Chair Jerome Powell and the central bank, which will issue its latest decision at the conclusion of its meeting on Wednesday.
First, unlike eight years ago, traders in the $21.9 trillion U.S. Treasury market clearly understand the playbook: a combination of tapering and a potentially accelerated pace of interest-rate increases means a sharply flatter yield curve. From May 22 through July 3 in 2013, the curve from five to 30 years flattened by about 25 basis points.
Last month, in a shorter time frame, the same curve flattened by roughly 40 basis points. Other curves steepened during the previous episode. Regardless of maturity, the flattening trend has been unmistakable this time around.
Crucially, this latest bout of bond-market upheaval is a distinctly global phenomenon. That’s a problem for the Fed. Even if it’s the world’s most influential central bank, there’s only so much it can do to dictate policy decisions in other large developed nations, which have their own domestic considerations. Here’s a snapshot of what has happened lately across sovereign debt:
* Canada: Two-year yields more than doubled in October to 1.04%, including a spike of more than 20 basis points in one day as the Bank of Canada ended its bond-buying program and moved forward the potential timing of future rate increases.
* U.K.: Two-year yields have been rising for 10 consecutive weeks, the longest stretch in at least three decades. Markets expect that the Bank of England will increase its benchmark rate to 0.25% from 0.1% the day after the Fed’s decision.
* Australia: Two-year yields increased more than 50 basis points in two days, ending Friday at 0.775% from just 0.115% a week earlier. The Reserve Bank of Australia opted not to defend its short-term target level through yield-curve control.
* New Zealand, Norway, South Korea: The central banks in these countries have already raised interest rates.
* Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece: Shorter-term rates as well as 10-year yields are surging in these so-called peripheral countries within the euro zone.
* European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde’s remarks last Thursday were taken to be not-so-dovish, and by Friday, “that caution mushroomed overnight into a mini taper tantrum,” FHN Financial’s Jim Vogel wrote.
Taken in its entirety, the global bond market looks like a powder keg, even if stocks and credit are largely shaking it off for now. That raises the all-important question: Does the Fed have the tools to prevent a blowup?
Wall Street strategists aren’t necessarily convinced. Citigroup Inc.’s Matt King sees the Fed and its peers caught between a rock and a hard place. “Expect tantrums in risk if central banks respond to inflation — and tantrums in bonds if they don’t,” he wrote in an Oct. 29 report.
At Jefferies, Aneta Markowska and Thomas Simons pondered whether Powell will look to dial back the market’s current bets on two interest-rate increases next year. He “will have to walk a very fine line, since pushing back too hard could unhinge inflation expectations, but not pushing back at all could unsettle the front end of the curve,” they wrote.
Here’s what we know for certain: The Fed doesn’t like to surprise markets. Just about everyone expects the central bank to say it will start scaling back its $120 billion of monthly bond purchases ($80 billion in Treasuries, $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities) by $15 billion a month ($10 billion in Treasuries, $5 billion in MBS) starting in mid-November and ending by June. That’s what should happen come Wednesday.
It gives Powell and his colleagues eight months to ever-so-slightly pare back accommodative policy and hope in the meantime that inflation comes down and validates their long-held position that price pressures are transitory.
Ideally, the Fed would have a better strategy than hope. But it has boxed itself into a difficult situation with its new policy framework, which was designed with the post-2008 economy in mind. That period was characterized by a gradually improving labor market without much wage pressure or inflation broadly.
It suggested that reaching the nebulous level of “full employment” doesn’t mean price growth will reach or exceed the central bank’s 2% target.
The framework wasn’t meant to address the current situation: persistently elevated inflation when the number of working Americans is still well below its February 2020 levels. Yes, it’s good to see that the employment cost index, a broad gauge of wages and benefits, rose 1.3% in the three months through September from the prior quarter, the biggest jump on record.
But if consumer prices are rising more quickly — and especially if individuals and companies expect they’ll only go up faster in the future — then the Fed is violating the price-stability part of its mandate by staying the course, to say nothing of its supposed data dependency.
The best way for Powell to defuse the situation is by first acknowledging that the pace of tapering isn’t on autopilot and that the central bank reserves the right to speed it up or slow it down based on incoming data. It would take a severe shock for that to happen, of course, but just hinting at that optionality would show that it hasn’t abandoned its commitment to keep inflation well-anchored.
Second, he would be wise to steer clear of directly trying to influence the market pricing of short-term rates, only saying that officials were split about increasing the fed funds rate in 2022 as of September, and that they will update their forecasts next month based on the latest information.
As it stands, I’d expect December’s dot plot to reflect a median expectation of one rate increase within a year, meeting current market pricing halfway.
Suffice it to say, it’s a delicate balancing act. It’s made a bit easier by the fact that the bond market’s tantrum hasn’t yet spilled over into credit spreads or equity prices, and made more difficult because Powell isn’t even sure he’ll be Fed chair in a few months.
Will there be a hard policy pivot, or is this just bond traders getting ahead of themselves about inherently uncertain actions months down the line?
It’s up to Powell to navigate this treacherous path. Announcing the start of tapering will be the easy part.
Treasury Unveils First Cut In Long-Term Debt Sales Since ‘16
The U.S. Treasury announced the first reduction in its quarterly sale of longer-term debt in more than five years on Wednesday, reflecting diminishing borrowing needs as the wave of pandemic-relief spending ebbs.
The Treasury Department said in a statement that it will sell $120 billion of long-term securities at auctions next week. That’s down some $6 billion from the record levels seen over the past three so-called quarterly refundings.
Further scaling back will be done in regular auctions of all longer-term securities in coming months, with the sole exception of inflation-linked debt. The deepest cutbacks will be in 7- and 20-year Treasuries, which had seen bigger increases in issuance during the ramping up of debt sales to meet Covid-19 needs.
“Based on the latest fiscal outlook, current auction sizes are projected to provide excess borrowing capacity over the intermediate term,” the Treasury said in its statement. After “modest reductions” over the three months through January, “any additional issuance-size changes will be announced quarterly in subsequent refunding statements,” the department said.
Twenty-year bonds rallied initially in the wake of the larger cuts to that sector, with yields falling as much as 3 basis points. The 20-year yielded about 1.97% as of 11 a.m. in New York, little changed on the day.
The Treasury has been making its issuance plans based on the assumption that Congress raises or suspends the federal debt limit. Lawmakers last month boosted the ceiling by a limited amount, with the Treasury’s borrowing authority set to run out as soon as next month.
Next Week’s Quarterly Refunding Auctions Break Down As Follows:
* $56 Billion Of Three-Year Notes On Nov. 8, Versus $58 Billion In August
* $39 Billion Of 10-Year Notes On Nov. 9, Compared To $41 Billion Last Quarter
* $25 Billion Of 30-Year Bonds On Nov. 10, Versus $27 Billion In August
The Refunding Will Raise $44.1 Billion In New Cash
Wednesday’s announcements were in line with the expectations of Wall Street bond dealers. They had predicted the Treasury would whittle down auctions of regular coupon bearing debt — which pays interest — beginning this month. They did diverge on just how big the cuts would be for securities with 10 years or more to maturity.
The Treasury Also Announced That Over Coming Months It Will Do The Following:
* Reduce sales of 2-, 3-year and 5-year note auctions by $2 billion per month over the next three months
* Cut 7-year notes by $3 billion per month over the next three months
* Decrease both the new and reopened 20-year bond auction sizes by $4 billion, starting in November
* Reduce both the new and reopened 10-year note auction sizes by $2 billion, starting in November
* Reduce both the new and reopened 30-year bond auction sizes by $2 billion, starting in November
Cut reopening sizes of floating rate note sales in November and December by $2 billion each, with the same reduction for the next new-issue two-year FRN in January
More reductions are likely at the February and May refundings, Wells Fargo & Co. strategists including Zachary Griffiths said in a note. “The composition of today’s cuts supports our view that more reductions are still to come in at least the first half of 2022,” they wrote.
On Monday, the Treasury increased its estimate of federal borrowing needs for the three months through December after it ran down its stockpile of cash more than it previously anticipated.
The coupon-bearing auction trimming should give Treasury room to bolster bill supply — once it’s no longer constrained by the limits of its borrowing authority.
“Treasury anticipates that the supply of bills will generally decline from current levels until Congress acts again to increase or suspend the debt limit,” the department said.
The Treasury in its statement noted that Secretary Janet Yellen told congressional leaders last month the department is confident it will be able to meet obligations through Dec. 3. Asked about outside estimates that the Treasury might not run out of cash until February under current law, a Treasury official told reporters Wednesday that it’s monitoring private-sector views.
After asking bond dealers ahead of Wednesday’s announcement about the idea of making the 17-week bill issuance routine, the Treasury said it’s not adding that as a benchmark for now.
The Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee — a group comprising dealers, investors and other stakeholders — has advised in the past that bills taking about a 15% to 20% range of the total debt pile is ideal. TBAC said in a statement Wednesday that recurring problems around the debt cap have proved “reckless and inappropriate.”
TBAC Reiterates Debt Cap Episodes ‘Reckless and Inappropriate’
As for Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, which compensate for increases in consumer prices, those will be kept steady over coming months. Dealers had predicted that TIPS wouldn’t be cut back. The follow are some details on the TIPS auction plans:
* 10-year TIPS reopening in November of $14 Billion
* 5-year TIPS reopening in December of $17 Billion
* 10-year TIPS new issue in January of $16 Billion
The Treasury said that the planned schedule through year-end will lead to TIPS auctions rising by a total of $17 billion in gross issuance for 2021 compared with 2020.
The department said that thanks to current issuance sizes likely providing more borrowing capacity than the Treasury needs, it’s decided against proceeding with a floating-rate note linked to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate — the Federal Reserve’s preferred replacement rate to Libor.
Many primary dealers expressed to U.S. debt managers that “intermediation capacity has not kept pace with the growth of the Treasury market, pointing to balance sheet constraints and greater participation by non-dealer liquidity providers,” according to minutes of the TBAC’s most recent meeting. This information came in dealers’ response to a question from Treasury on the market’s structure as part of its regular pre-refunding survey.
Brian Smith, the Treasury’s deputy assistant secretary for federal finance, told reporters Wednesday that Treasury is collaborating with the interagency working group on Treasury-market surveillance to understand important changes in the market’s structure.
“We are still gathering input and thinking about the best way to enhance Treasury-market resilience,” he said.
Will Bitcoin Win When The Fed Stops Buying Bonds?
The cryptocurrency has been viewed as a hedge against inflation.
There are things out of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s control. The central bank has a dual congressional mandate to maintain the U.S. dollar’s long-term value and achieve maximum employment, but it’s dealing with a mix of uncertainties as it pursues those goals.
Yesterday, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell announced the monetary body will begin scaling back its historic asset purchasing program, one of the key levers it pulled to support and stimulate the economy during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Beginning in November, the Fed will purchase $10 billion fewer Treasury bonds and $5 billion fewer mortgage-backed securities (MBS) each month until the $120 billion program is depleted sometime in mid-2022.
The Fed left itself some wiggle room to pause or accelerate this “taper” depending on extenuating circumstances. It also won’t consider raising interest rates while still buying bonds – more flexibility.
It cannot be overstated how experimental this monetary outlay is, especially as it begins to wind down. Known as “quantitative easing,” or QE, the bond buying program has more than doubled the Fed’s balance sheet (now valued above $8.6 trillion). It has had broad effects on the labor market, asset prices and the dollars in your pocket.
Inflation is running hotter than at any point over the past 30 years, and consumer prices have climbed 4.4% in aggregate, double the 2% target the Fed has long targeted. Conflicting signals point to both a super-tight and super-loose labor market simultaneously.
The quits rate, number of job openings, and salary and benefits paddings are all atypically high (pointing to a tight labor market). Yet, there are 5 million fewer people working than in February 2020.
“We have high inflation and we have to balance that with what’s going on in the employment market,” Powell said. “It’s a complicated situation.”
Considering the extent to which market watchers hang onto Fed-speak, Powell deserves credit for his consistent messaging. His magic voice is essentially the one thing completely under his control. Although the taper signals an end to easy money, markets weren’t spooked yesterday: the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq 100 and Russell 2000 all closed trading at all-time highs.
Powell has been consistent on letting the economy “run hot,” and has made good on giving markets advance warning of policy changes. His colleagues at the Fed were unanimous in parking the benchmark interest rate between zero to 0.25% (though that, too, is subject to change, “depending”).
Where Powell has changed perspective is only in a matter of degree – instead of saying elevated inflation is “transitory,” or a matter of specific coronavirus-related bottlenecks, he said mitigating factors were – shipping constraints aren’t forever.
Indeed, supply-chain logjams, superconductor shortages and strong buying demand from American consumers are all things Powell watches without having much say in the matter. Same with COVID-19 caseloads, lockdowns and market psychology.
So when it comes to tapering, or when or by how much to lift interest rates, it’s important to remember we’re watching a human being. You can disagree with his policies – and, boy, many do – but that’s an issue whenever we invest any one person with such authority.
Two Sides Of The Coin
Bitcoin, as an alternative monetary base layer, stands apart from this human drama. A grand experiment born from the 2008 recession that was supercharged by the pandemic, most policy decisions for Bitcoin have already been made and hardcoded. It is hard where the dollar is soft. Subject to reason, where the dollar is man.
But it’s also fully integrated into the global economy and the bitcoin currency’s price is also subject to Fed decisions. Bitcoin has benefited over the past several months of QE from the belief that it is an inflation hedge. Smart money – the Ray Dalios of the world – bought into it and profited.
However, it’s unclear how the Fed will manage inflation going forward. For now, Powell has signaled that he’s choosing full employment over risks of elevated prices.
“We don’t think it is a good time to raise interest rates because we want to see the labor market heal further,” Powell said. “The level of inflation we have right now is not at all consistent with price stability.”
When the Fed starts to raise interest rates to cool the economy it could have a negative impact on bitcoin’s price. “To the extent BTC is a hedge like gold, I think it could suffer,” the economist Claudia Sahm told me in a private message.
Then again, there’s also a belief that the Fed has already let inflation run too far and has limited means to cap it. In the short term, if Powell is to remain true to his word and finish buying bonds before raising rates, the agency doesn’t have a tool to pull in inflation until at least Q2 2022. A hyperinflationary environment, or even just fears of that happening, could drive money into bitcoin.
“On the other hand, the effects of the largest QE in history may lead to the largest inflation in history, regardless of the Fed attempting to scale back. If this happens, we expect demand, and prices, for bitcoin to rise to new all-time highs,” Joe DiPasquale, CEO of the cryptocurrency hedge fund BitBull Capital, told CoinDesk yesterday.
It remains to be seen how transitory inflation is and will be.
It’s worth noting as well that Powell’s term as Fed chairman is ending in February 2022 (though his term as a Fed governor ends in 2028), and the Biden administration hasn’t given a clear signal as to whether he’ll stay on at the job. While Fed officials were in lock-step to begin phasing out asset purchases, many have contradictory views about how to manage (and even measure) inflation.
So will Powell’s mandate continue? Will bitcoin succeed in a world where the U.S. isn’t buying bonds? It’s just another human uncertainty.
So Much For The Great Unwind. Easy Money Isn’t So Easy To Quit
This week was billed as show time for inflation hawks. But easy money isn’t ready for the archives just yet.
Almost two years into the pandemic and with the deepest economic trauma in almost a century behind them, central bankers are dismantling their emergency measures with trepidation. For all the heavy breathing about the Great Unwind, steps by officials to extricate themselves from ultra-easy money have been small. Quantitative easing and low — negative, in some cases — interest rates aren’t ready for the museum.
There are powerful reasons why consequential monetary authorities are barely strolling to the exit. They are no longer quite so confident that inflation is a passing fad — “transitory” in the Federal Reserve’s parlance. Nor do they appear completely sold on the idea that elevated price gains will be a lasting feature that needs to be tackled aggressively, starting now.
Policy makers fret that labor markets have a ways to go before regaining pre-Covid-19 vigor. They also remember the biggest challenge just two years ago was dragging inflation up to respectable levels. An eye ought to be kept on slackening growth. China is a particular worry; Premier Li Keqiang warned this week of “downward pressure.”
First, the widely-anticipated tightening that didn’t get off the ground: In a shock decision, the Bank of England balked at the higher rates that some leading officials had been hinting at for months. The vote on the bank’s nine-member policy panel wasn’t even close at 7-to-2.
The BOE looked hamstrung by competing concerns about escalating inflation and an erosion of the economic expansion. If the hawks couldn’t score in London, it calls into serious questions the past month’s dominant story line of central banks being pushed around by investors counting on early hikes.
While brakes were tapped this week in a couple of economies, the steps were largely as anticipated and fairly modest in scope. The Reserve Bank of Australia disposed on Tuesday of one of its three crisis pillars, ceasing efforts to pin the yield on the three-year government bond near zero. This was the easiest to ditch; QE and a near-zero benchmark rate remain.
Governor Philip Lowe threw shade at trader bets that rates will climb next year. The next day, the Fed began its long-awaited tapering of asset purchases as anticipated. Chair Jerome Powell didn’t outright dismiss forecasts that rate hikes would begin soon after purchases are completed, likely in June. He did go out of his way to stress patience and emphasized that the job scene could still use some repair.
In another important divergence, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde pushed back against the notion that euro zone interest rates are heading higher in 2022. “Despite the current inflation surge, the outlook for inflation over the medium term remains subdued, and thus these three conditions are very unlikely to be satisfied next year,” she said Wednesday in Lisbon.
The ECB says that while the current phase of faster inflation will last longer than previously projected, price pressures should still ease once global supply chains heal.
The turn toward slightly tighter monetary policy is far from uniform and has major regional deviations. By the close of this year, about half the 31 central banks tracked by JPMorgan Chase & Co. will have lifted rates from their pandemic nadir. Global policy rates will end December around a third of a percentage point above their lows.
The cautious path will likely continue: By the end of next year, the firm expects rates to move up further, but remain 71 basis points below their 2019 average. “The slow path of policy normalization is premised on the expectations that the U.S. Fed is not close to starting” rate increases, JPMorgan’s Bruce Kasman wrote in a note Wednesday.
Ultra-easy policy is easy to commence but uncomfortable to extract yourself from. Because central banks have become big buyers of securities themselves and such big players in the bond market, communications can be fraught. The withdrawal needs to be ever so gradual and, in most instances, QE needs to be retired before benchmark rates are nudged up.
That can make for long lead times, even as inflation gets off the floor. Raghuram Rajan, a professor at the University of Chicago and a former governor of the Reserve Bank of India, likened QE to a “whirlpool.” He told a conference organized by the South African Reserve Bank last month that the policy is “easy to get into, much harder to get out.”
Perhaps it’s time to stop referring to asset purchases and microscopic rates as unconventional policy — or at least consider the ‘so-called’ modifier. Central banks are going to take a while to extricate themselves from the legacy of early 2020, let alone the era’s intellectual godfather, the global financial crisis of 2007-2009.
This week was billed in advance as show time for the interest-rate hawks. Markets were supposed to be trampling over central banks. Did I miss it?
ECB Is Serious on Ending Pandemic Bond-Buying, Villeroy Says
The European Central Bank is “serious” about ending its emergency bond-buying program in March and may not need to expand regular asset purchases to cover the shortfall, according to Governing Council member Francois Villeroy de Galhau.
The Bank of France chief’s reluctance to commit to more stimulus comes amid a bout of elevated inflation — but also as Europe’s economic outlook is clouded by a spike in Covid-19 infections that have triggered lockdowns in some countries.
Villeroy said that while health is the No. 1 priority, each wave of the pandemic has caused less damage than the last, and the continent’s high vaccination rates will prove an “economic advantage.”
Once the ECB has exited its emergency stimulus program, known as PEPP, it should gradually “adapt” its pre-crisis APP program “as a second step” and remain open in terms of pace and timing, he told Germany’s Boersen-Zeitung newspaper in an interview published Monday.
After Villeroy’s comments on the end of PEPP were published, investors pushed up Italian borrowing costs. The country’s 10-year bond yield climbed eight basis points to 0.94%, widening the premium over German counterparts by three basis points to 124.
“From today’s perspective, we should end PEPP net purchases in March 2022,” Villeroy said. “Increasing the net purchases of APP after PEPP is at this stage a possibility, but not yet a necessity.”
The remarks strike a hawkish tone before a key ECB meeting in December, at which officials are set to plot a course out of crisis-support measures. Some decisions may be taken at a later date to maintain optionality, according to Villeroy.
While he repeated that policy makers still view the recent inflation surge as temporary, he said they’re taking supply constraints very seriously and closely monitoring wage developments.
“We mustn’t overreact and tighten monetary policy prematurely,” Villeroy said. “But if the situation changes, we shouldn’t hesitate to act.”
His comments come just a few days after his German counterpart, Jens Weidmann, warned that’s possible euro-area inflation will remain above the 2% target in the medium term and not slow as quickly as many predict. Yet Peter Kazimir, who heads the Slovak central bank, on Monday also stressed the temporary nature of inflation.
For now, Villeroy reiterated that the conditions set by the ECB for an interest-rate increase are “very unlikely” to be met in 2022.
“It is an inflation hump,” he said. “It would be misplaced to forecast exactly how high it will be by decimal figures, and how many months it will last. But there is no doubt that most of this hump is temporary.”
Goldman Economists Expect Fed Will Taper, Raise Rates Faster
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economists said they expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to tighten monetary policy faster than previously anticipated next year amid rising inflationary pressures.
The central bank will double the pace it’s withdrawing its massive asset purchase program to $30 billion a month from January and start raising interest rates from near zero in June, the economists led by Jan Hatzius said in a report to clients on Thursday.
The bank will then hike rates in September and December as well as twice in 2023, said the economists, who previously expected the benchmark to be boosted in July and November.
Under Goldman’s new scenario, the Fed will wrap up its asset purchase program in the middle of March. There is a “realistic possibility” for the Fed to start raising borrowing costs in May, followed by increases in July and November, they said.
Fed Vice Chair Rich Clarida and San Francisco Fed Bank President Mary Daly both said in recent days that they are open to an quicker taper. Data released this week showed strong consumer spending, a tightening labor market and the fastest inflation in three decades.
“The increased openness to accelerating the taper pace likely reflects both somewhat higher-than-expected inflation over the last two months and greater comfort among Fed officials that a faster pace would not shock financial markets,” Hatzius and colleagues wrote in their report.
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US Deficit Will Be At Least 6 Times Bitcoin Market Cap — Every Year (#GotBitcoin?)
Central Banks Warm To Issuing Digital Currencies (#GotBitcoin?)
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H.R.5635 – Virtual Currency Tax Fairness Act of 2020 ($200.00 Limit) 116th Congress (2019-2020)
Adam Back On Satoshi Emails, Privacy Concerns And Bitcoin’s Early Days
The Prospect of Using Bitcoin To Build A New International Monetary System Is Getting Real
How To Raise Funds For Australia Wildfire Relief Efforts (Using Bitcoin And/Or Fiat )
Former Regulator Known As ‘Crypto Dad’ To Launch Digital-Dollar Think Tank (#GotBitcoin?)
Currency ‘Cold War’ Takes Center Stage At Pre-Davos Crypto Confab (#GotBitcoin?)
A Blockchain-Secured Home Security Camera Won Innovation Awards At CES 2020 Las Vegas
Bitcoin’s Had A Sensational 11 Years (#GotBitcoin?)
Sergey Nazarov And The Creation Of A Decentralized Network Of Oracles
Google Suspends MetaMask From Its Play App Store, Citing “Deceptive Services”
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At 8,990,000% Gains, Bitcoin Dwarfs All Other Investments This Decade
Coinbase CEO Armstrong Wins Patent For Tech Allowing Users To Email Bitcoin
Bitcoin Has Got Society To Think About The Nature Of Money
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Dissidents And Activists Have A Lot To Gain From Bitcoin, If Only They Knew It (#GotBitcoin?)
At A Refugee Camp In Iraq, A 16-Year-Old Syrian Is Teaching Crypto Basics
Bitclub Scheme Busted In The US, Promising High Returns From Mining
Bitcoin Advertised On French National TV
Germany: New Proposed Law Would Legalize Banks Holding Bitcoin
How To Earn And Spend Bitcoin On Black Friday 2019
The Ultimate List of Bitcoin Developments And Accomplishments
Charities Put A Bitcoin Twist On Giving Tuesday
Family Offices Finally Accept The Benefits of Investing In Bitcoin
An Army Of Bitcoin Devs Is Battle-Testing Upgrades To Privacy And Scaling
Bitcoin ‘Carry Trade’ Can Net Annual Gains With Little Risk, Says PlanB
Max Keiser: Bitcoin’s ‘Self-Settlement’ Is A Revolution Against Dollar
Blockchain Can And Will Replace The IRS
China Seizes The Blockchain Opportunity. How Should The US Respond? (#GotBitcoin?)
Jack Dorsey: You Can Buy A Fraction Of Berkshire Stock Or ‘Stack Sats’
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Bitcoin’s Irreversibility Challenges International Private Law: Legal Scholar
Bitcoin Has Already Reached 40% Of Average Fiat Currency Lifespan
Yes, Even Bitcoin HODLers Can Lose Money In The Long-Term: Here’s How (#GotBitcoin?)
Unicef To Accept Donations In Bitcoin (#GotBitcoin?)
Former Prosecutor Asked To “Shut Down Bitcoin” And Is Now Face Of Crypto VC Investing (#GotBitcoin?)
Switzerland’s ‘Crypto Valley’ Is Bringing Blockchain To Zurich
Next Bitcoin Halving May Not Lead To Bull Market, Says Bitmain CEO
Tim Draper Bets On Unstoppable Domain’s .Crypto Domain Registry To Replace Wallet Addresses (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Developer Amir Taaki, “We Can Crash National Economies” (#GotBitcoin?)
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Is Chainlink Blazing A Trail Independent Of Bitcoin?
Nearly $10 Billion In BTC Is Held In Wallets Of 8 Crypto Exchanges (#GotBitcoin?)
SEC Enters Settlement Talks With Alleged Fraudulent Firm Veritaseum (#GotBitcoin?)
Blockstream’s Samson Mow: Bitcoin’s Block Size Already ‘Too Big’
Attorneys Seek Bank Of Ireland Execs’ Testimony Against OneCoin Scammer (#GotBitcoin?)
OpenLibra Plans To Launch Permissionless Fork Of Facebook’s Stablecoin (#GotBitcoin?)
Tiny $217 Options Trade On Bitcoin Blockchain Could Be Wall Street’s Death Knell (#GotBitcoin?)
Class Action Accuses Tether And Bitfinex Of Market Manipulation (#GotBitcoin?)
Sharia Goldbugs: How ISIS Created A Currency For World Domination (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Eyes Demand As Hong Kong Protestors Announce Bank Run (#GotBitcoin?)
How To Securely Transfer Crypto To Your Heirs
‘Gold-Backed’ Crypto Token Promoter Karatbars Investigated By Florida Regulators (#GotBitcoin?)
Crypto News From The Spanish-Speaking World (#GotBitcoin?)
Financial Services Giant Morningstar To Offer Ratings For Crypto Assets (#GotBitcoin?)
‘Gold-Backed’ Crypto Token Promoter Karatbars Investigated By Florida Regulators (#GotBitcoin?)
The Original Sins Of Cryptocurrencies (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Is The Fraud? JPMorgan Metals Desk Fixed Gold Prices For Years (#GotBitcoin?)
Israeli Startup That Allows Offline Crypto Transactions Secures $4M (#GotBitcoin?)
[PSA] Non-genuine Trezor One Devices Spotted (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Stronger Than Ever But No One Seems To Care: Google Trends (#GotBitcoin?)
First-Ever SEC-Qualified Token Offering In US Raises $23 Million (#GotBitcoin?)
You Can Now Prove A Whole Blockchain With One Math Problem – Really
Crypto Mining Supply Fails To Meet Market Demand In Q2: TokenInsight
$2 Billion Lost In Mt. Gox Bitcoin Hack Can Be Recovered, Lawyer Claims (#GotBitcoin?)
Fed Chair Says Agency Monitoring Crypto But Not Developing Its Own (#GotBitcoin?)
Wesley Snipes Is Launching A Tokenized $25 Million Movie Fund (#GotBitcoin?)
Mystery 94K BTC Transaction Becomes Richest Non-Exchange Address (#GotBitcoin?)
A Crypto Fix For A Broken International Monetary System (#GotBitcoin?)
Four Out Of Five Top Bitcoin QR Code Generators Are Scams: Report (#GotBitcoin?)
Waves Platform And The Abyss To Jointly Launch Blockchain-Based Games Marketplace (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitmain Ramps Up Power And Efficiency With New Bitcoin Mining Machine (#GotBitcoin?)
Ledger Live Now Supports Over 1,250 Ethereum-Based ERC-20 Tokens (#GotBitcoin?)
Miss Finland: Bitcoin’s Risk Keeps Most Women Away From Cryptocurrency (#GotBitcoin?)
Artist Akon Loves BTC And Says, “It’s Controlled By The People” (#GotBitcoin?)
Ledger Live Now Supports Over 1,250 Ethereum-Based ERC-20 Tokens (#GotBitcoin?)
Co-Founder Of LinkedIn Presents Crypto Rap Video: Hamilton Vs. Satoshi (#GotBitcoin?)
Crypto Insurance Market To Grow, Lloyd’s Of London And Aon To Lead (#GotBitcoin?)
No ‘AltSeason’ Until Bitcoin Breaks $20K, Says Hedge Fund Manager (#GotBitcoin?)
NSA Working To Develop Quantum-Resistant Cryptocurrency: Report (#GotBitcoin?)
Custody Provider Legacy Trust Launches Crypto Pension Plan (#GotBitcoin?)
Vaneck, SolidX To Offer Limited Bitcoin ETF For Institutions Via Exemption (#GotBitcoin?)
Russell Okung: From NFL Superstar To Bitcoin Educator In 2 Years (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Miners Made $14 Billion To Date Securing The Network (#GotBitcoin?)
Why Does Amazon Want To Hire Blockchain Experts For Its Ads Division?
Argentina’s Economy Is In A Technical Default (#GotBitcoin?)
Blockchain-Based Fractional Ownership Used To Sell High-End Art (#GotBitcoin?)
Portugal Tax Authority: Bitcoin Trading And Payments Are Tax-Free (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin ‘Failed Safe Haven Test’ After 7% Drop, Peter Schiff Gloats (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Dev Reveals Multisig UI Teaser For Hardware Wallets, Full Nodes (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Price: $10K Holds For Now As 50% Of CME Futures Set To Expire (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Realized Market Cap Hits $100 Billion For The First Time (#GotBitcoin?)
Stablecoins Begin To Look Beyond The Dollar (#GotBitcoin?)
Bank Of England Governor: Libra-Like Currency Could Replace US Dollar (#GotBitcoin?)
Binance Reveals ‘Venus’ — Its Own Project To Rival Facebook’s Libra (#GotBitcoin?)
The Real Benefits Of Blockchain Are Here. They’re Being Ignored (#GotBitcoin?)
CommBank Develops Blockchain Market To Boost Biodiversity (#GotBitcoin?)
SEC Approves Blockchain Tech Startup Securitize To Record Stock Transfers (#GotBitcoin?)
SegWit Creator Introduces New Language For Bitcoin Smart Contracts (#GotBitcoin?)
You Can Now Earn Bitcoin Rewards For Postmates Purchases (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Price ‘Will Struggle’ In Big Financial Crisis, Says Investor (#GotBitcoin?)
Fidelity Charitable Received Over $100M In Crypto Donations Since 2015 (#GotBitcoin?)
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Just The Existence Of Bitcoin Impacts Monetary Policy (#GotBitcoin?)
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IRS To Cryptocurrency Owners: Come Clean, Or Else!
Coinbase Accidentally Saves Unencrypted Passwords Of 3,420 Customers (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Is A ‘Chaos Hedge, Or Schmuck Insurance‘ (#GotBitcoin?)
Bakkt Announces September 23 Launch Of Futures And Custody
Coinbase CEO: Institutions Depositing $200-400M Into Crypto Per Week (#GotBitcoin?)
Researchers Find Monero Mining Malware That Hides From Task Manager (#GotBitcoin?)
Crypto Dusting Attack Affects Nearly 300,000 Addresses (#GotBitcoin?)
A Case For Bitcoin As Recession Hedge In A Diversified Investment Portfolio (#GotBitcoin?)
SEC Guidance Gives Ammo To Lawsuit Claiming XRP Is Unregistered Security (#GotBitcoin?)
15 Countries To Develop Crypto Transaction Tracking System: Report (#GotBitcoin?)
US Department Of Commerce Offering 6-Figure Salary To Crypto Expert (#GotBitcoin?)
Mastercard Is Building A Team To Develop Crypto, Wallet Projects (#GotBitcoin?)
Canadian Bitcoin Educator Scams The Scammer And Donates Proceeds (#GotBitcoin?)
Amazon Wants To Build A Blockchain For Ads, New Job Listing Shows (#GotBitcoin?)
Shield Bitcoin Wallets From Theft Via Time Delay (#GotBitcoin?)
Blockstream Launches Bitcoin Mining Farm With Fidelity As Early Customer (#GotBitcoin?)
Commerzbank Tests Blockchain Machine To Machine Payments With Daimler (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin’s Historical Returns Look Very Attractive As Online Banks Lower Payouts On Savings Accounts (#GotBitcoin?)
Man Takes Bitcoin Miner Seller To Tribunal Over Electricity Bill And Wins (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin’s Computing Power Sets Record As Over 100K New Miners Go Online (#GotBitcoin?)
Walmart Coin And Libra Perform Major Public Relations For Bitcoin (#GotBitcoin?)
Judge Says Buying Bitcoin Via Credit Card Not Necessarily A Cash Advance (#GotBitcoin?)
Poll: If You’re A Stockowner Or Crypto-Currency Holder. What Will You Do When The Recession Comes?
1 In 5 Crypto Holders Are Women, New Report Reveals (#GotBitcoin?)
Beating Bakkt, Ledgerx Is First To Launch ‘Physical’ Bitcoin Futures In Us (#GotBitcoin?)
Facebook Warns Investors That Libra Stablecoin May Never Launch (#GotBitcoin?)
Government Money Printing Is ‘Rocket Fuel’ For Bitcoin (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin-Friendly Square Cash App Stock Price Up 56% In 2019 (#GotBitcoin?)
Safeway Shoppers Can Now Get Bitcoin Back As Change At 894 US Stores (#GotBitcoin?)
TD Ameritrade CEO: There’s ‘Heightened Interest Again’ With Bitcoin (#GotBitcoin?)
Venezuela Sets New Bitcoin Volume Record Thanks To 10,000,000% Inflation (#GotBitcoin?)
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China’s Schizophrenic Relationship With Bitcoin (#GotBitcoin?)
More Companies Build Products Around Crypto Hardware Wallets (#GotBitcoin?)
Bakkt Is Scheduled To Start Testing Its Bitcoin Futures Contracts Today (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Network Now 8 Times More Powerful Than It Was At $20K Price (#GotBitcoin?)
Crypto Exchange BitMEX Under Investigation By CFTC: Bloomberg (#GotBitcoin?)
“Bitcoin An ‘Unstoppable Force,” Says US Congressman At Crypto Hearing (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Network Is Moving $3 Billion Daily, Up 210% Since April (#GotBitcoin?)
Cryptocurrency Startups Get Partial Green Light From Washington
Fundstrat’s Tom Lee: Bitcoin Pullback Is Healthy, Fewer Searches Аre Good (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Lightning Nodes Are Snatching Funds From Bad Actors (#GotBitcoin?)
The Provident Bank Now Offers Deposit Services For Crypto-Related Entities (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Could Help Stop News Censorship From Space (#GotBitcoin?)
US Sanctions On Iran Crypto Mining — Inevitable Or Impossible? (#GotBitcoin?)
US Lawmaker Reintroduces ‘Safe Harbor’ Crypto Tax Bill In Congress (#GotBitcoin?)
EU Central Bank Won’t Add Bitcoin To Reserves — Says It’s Not A Currency (#GotBitcoin?)
The Miami Dolphins Now Accept Bitcoin And Litecoin Crypt-Currency Payments (#GotBitcoin?)
Trump Bashes Bitcoin And Alt-Right Is Mad As Hell (#GotBitcoin?)
Goldman Sachs Ramps Up Development Of New Secret Crypto Project (#GotBitcoin?)
Blockchain And AI Bond, Explained (#GotBitcoin?)
Grayscale Bitcoin Trust Outperformed Indexes In First Half Of 2019 (#GotBitcoin?)
XRP Is The Worst Performing Major Crypto Of 2019 (GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Back Near $12K As BTC Shorters Lose $44 Million In One Morning (#GotBitcoin?)
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‘I Would Buy’ Bitcoin If Growth Continues — Investment Legend Mobius (#GotBitcoin?)
Lawmakers Push For New Bitcoin Rules (#GotBitcoin?)
Facebook’s Libra Is Bad For African Americans (#GotBitcoin?)
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Canadian Startup Wants To Upgrade Millions Of ATMs To Sell Bitcoin (#GotBitcoin?)
Trump Says US ‘Should Match’ China’s Money Printing Game (#GotBitcoin?)
Casa Launches Lightning Node Mobile App For Bitcoin Newbies (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Rally Fuels Market In Crypto Derivatives (#GotBitcoin?)
World’s First Zero-Fiat ‘Bitcoin Bond’ Now Available On Bloomberg Terminal (#GotBitcoin?)
Buying Bitcoin Has Been Profitable 98.2% Of The Days Since Creation (#GotBitcoin?)
Another Crypto Exchange Receives License For Crypto Futures
From ‘Ponzi’ To ‘We’re Working On It’ — BIS Chief Reverses Stance On Crypto (#GotBitcoin?)
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Quantum Computing Vs. Blockchain: Impact On Cryptography
This Fund Is Riding Bitcoin To Top (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin’s Surge Leaves Smaller Digital Currencies In The Dust (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Exchange Hits $1 Trillion In Trading Volume (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Breaks $200 Billion Market Cap For The First Time In 17 Months (#GotBitcoin?)
You Can Now Make State Tax Payments In Bitcoin (#GotBitcoin?)
Religious Organizations Make Ideal Places To Mine Bitcoin (#GotBitcoin?)
Goldman Sacs And JP Morgan Chase Finally Concede To Crypto-Currencies (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Heading For Fifth Month Of Gains Despite Price Correction (#GotBitcoin?)
Breez Reveals Lightning-Powered Bitcoin Payments App For IPhone (#GotBitcoin?)
Big Four Auditing Firm PwC Releases Cryptocurrency Auditing Software (#GotBitcoin?)
Amazon-Owned Twitch Quietly Brings Back Bitcoin Payments (#GotBitcoin?)
JPMorgan Will Pilot ‘JPM Coin’ Stablecoin By End Of 2019: Report (#GotBitcoin?)
Is There A Big Short In Bitcoin? (#GotBitcoin?)
Coinbase Hit With Outage As Bitcoin Price Drops $1.8K In 15 Minutes
Samourai Wallet Releases Privacy-Enhancing CoinJoin Feature (#GotBitcoin?)
There Are Now More Than 5,000 Bitcoin ATMs Around The World (#GotBitcoin?)
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North America’s Largest Solar Bitcoin Mining Farm Coming To California (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin On Track For Best Second Quarter Price Gain On Record (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Hash Rate Climbs To New Record High Boosting Network Security (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Exceeds 1Million Active Addresses While Coinbase Custodies $1.3B In Assets
Why Bitcoin’s Price Suddenly Surged Back $5K (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin’s Lightning Comes To Apple Smartwatches With New App (#GotBitcoin?)
E-Trade To Offer Crypto Trading (#GotBitcoin)
US Rapper Lil Pump Starts Accepting Bitcoin Via Lightning Network On Merchandise Store (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitfinex Used Tether Reserves To Mask Missing $850 Million, Probe Finds (#GotBitcoin?)
21-Year-Old Jailed For 10 Years After Stealing $7.5M In Crypto By Hacking Cell Phones (#GotBitcoin?)
You Can Now Shop With Bitcoin On Amazon Using Lightning (#GotBitcoin?)
Afghanistan, Tunisia To Issue Sovereign Bonds In Bitcoin, Bright Future Ahead (#GotBitcoin?)
Crypto Faithful Say Blockchain Can Remake Securities Market Machinery (#GotBitcoin?)
Disney In Talks To Acquire The Owner Of Crypto Exchanges Bitstamp And Korbit (#GotBitcoin?)
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Binance Delists Bitcoin SV, CEO Calls Craig Wright A ‘Fraud’ (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Outperforms Nasdaq 100, S&P 500, Grows Whopping 37% In 2019 (#GotBitcoin?)
Bitcoin Passes A Milestone 400 Million Transactions (#GotBitcoin?)
Future Returns: Why Investors May Want To Consider Bitcoin Now (#GotBitcoin?)
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Major Crypto-Currency Exchanges Use Lloyd’s Of London, A Registered Insurance Broker (#GotBitcoin?)
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