On the Fed/Treasury money torrent:
1. Ms. Yelled just said that higher interest rates may be a good thing.
2. The Fed reverse overnight repo is at approx. $485 billion. So, with one hand the Fed is adding $120 billion per month “permanently” and with the other it is removing 4 months’ worth “temporarily”. An untenable situation, obviously.
==> Conclusion, IMHO? The tapering process has started, even if with the tiniest baby steps.
1. The US government identified the digital wallet used for the pipeline Bitcoin ransom payment, reached in and got most of it back. Doesn’t look too “crypto” to me, eh?
2. El Salvador wants to make Bitcoin legal tender. El Salvador, not, say, Japan…
==> Conclusion, IMHO? The crypto insanity mania is over, from now on only fundamentals will rule their prices. Most of them (like 99%) will become worthless.
On financial markets:
Deutsche Bank just came out with a scathing critique of printing money, predicting inflation will not be a passing phenomenon and will cause the Fed/ECB to raise rates sharply later, leading to a deep recession. Deutsche is very much going against Wall Street conventional wisdom which, predictably enough, wants the party to keep going.
==> Conclusion: Deutsche joins a growing list of heavy hitters such as Dalio, Kravis, Grantham, Summers, Druckenmiller and Gross. Who’s on the other side? Goldman and millions of froth in the mouth Reddit “investors” who plunge into (basically worthless) meme stocks and cryptos. Oh, fun… (not!).