Recurring market commentary on what’s happening in the crypto markets, summarized by the Crypto Broker team at Crypto Finance AG.
While major central banks have stated that inflation is neither accidental nor temporary, neither the Fed nor the ECB are seriously fighting it:
- 1. The Fed’s Balance Sheet is 37% of US GDP and has been unchanged since February
- 2. The ECB’s Balance Sheet is 82% of EU GDP and has actually been increasing since February
- 3. The SNB’s Balance Sheet is 135% of Swiss GDP and has been declining slightly since February
- 4. The BoJ’s Balance Sheet is 148% of Japan’s GDP and has been on the rise since February
Inflation and interest rates should stay the same
Instead of the Fed’s “quantitative tightening”, we should be talking about “quantitative stasis” as Lisa Abramowitz said. The ECB appears willing to pursue a neutral interest rate monetary strategy to maximise GDP and keep inflation stable. I do not believe that European inflation is solely due to the shortage of supplies and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
We could, therefore, see another EU crisis to keep countries with completely different economies and economic needs under the same monetary policy. Market participants still seem to believe that inflation will fall relatively quickly, and that central bankers should and will play an active and generous role in this. And this explains why interest rates on bonds remain quite low, i.e. the US yield curve continues to be flat on the backend.
However, we are already seeing that EU countries have a slightly different spread, with Germany on the 10-year yield despite the ratings. Here is an example:
- 1. IT10Y – DE10Y: 204.8 bps (+72bps YTD, +53.27%)
- 2. FR10Y – DE10Y: 52.2 bps (+25bps YTD, +107.4%)
- 3. NL10Y – NL10Y: 31.1 bps (+21.6bps YTD, +227%)
The Fed is likely to keep real interest rates negative, and I still expect a higher curve towards the fourth quarter. In terms of the EU, it will be difficult for the ECB to protect the sustainability of public debt regardless of bond buying programmes that will simply postpone and increase the problem. This week the market will mainly focus on US core PCE numbers for May, which are due out on Thursday (forecast: 4.8% YoY). If inflation has peaked, risky assets are likely to rise to the upside and vice versa.
Crypto continues to move sideways
As a result of the large liquidation and the demand to use BTC as collateral, alts outperformed BTC. Since there is no clear catalyst influencing cryptocurrencies, they are likely to continue trading in tight spreads in a low volatility environment. Looking at the Volume Profile (VPVR):
- BTC Resistance: $30k
- BTC Support: $15k – $20k
All intellectual property, proprietary and other rights and interests in this publication and the subject matter hereof are owned by Crypto Broker AG including, without limitation, all registered design, copyright, trademark and service mark rights.
This publication provided by Crypto Broker AG, a corporate entity registered under Swiss law, is published for information purposes only. This publication shall not constitute any investment advice respectively does not constitute an offer, solicitation or recommendation to acquire or dispose of any investment or to engage in any other transaction. This publication is not intended for solicitation purposes but only for use as general information. All descriptions, examples and calculations contained in this publication are for illustrative purposes only. While reasonable care has been taken in the preparation of this publication to provide details that are accurate and not misleading at the time of publication, Crypto Broker AG (a) does not make any representations or warranties regarding the information contained herein, whether express or implied, including without limitation any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or any warranty with respect to the accuracy, correctness, quality, completeness or timeliness of such information, and (b) shall not be responsible or liable for any third party’s use of any information contained herein under any circumstances, including, without limitation, in connection with actual trading or otherwise or for any errors or omissions contained in this publication.
Investments in virtual currencies are high-risk investments with the risk of total loss of the investment and you should not invest in virtual currencies unless you understand and can bear the risks involved with such investments. No information provided in this publication shall constitute investment advice. Crypto Broker AG excludes its liability for any losses arising from the use of, or reliance on, information provided in this publication.