Following the China ban that rendered cryptocurrency ‘illegal’, the market experienced a short-term weakness. Soon after, the market tried to anticipate if the China policy is a precursor to similar regulatory decisions in the U.S. According to JP Morgan despite regularity obscurity, assurance by SEC chief Gensler that the U.S. will not ban crypto helped the sentiments. It stated,
“The recent assurances by US policymakers that there is no intention to follow China’s steps towards banning the usage or mining of cryptocurrencies.”
Right before that, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell had also suggested that the central bank has no intention to ban cryptocurrencies. However this also depicts that in the long run, crypto regulatory clarity in the US will prove to be a positive catalyst for the market as per analysts.
The idea behind the Lightning Network was to counter Bitcoin’s issues of scalability and payment congestion among other limitations. Therefore, the adoption of the second-layer technology helps Bitcoin. In this context, JP Morgan added,
“The recent rise of the Lightning Network and 2nd layer payments solutions helped by El Salvador’s Bitcoin adoption.”
Arcane research noted this month that Lightning usage is growing faster than it is shown in public metrics. The research also claims that 2.7 million Salvadorans have access to the Lightning Network on their mobile phones, based on President Nayib Bukele’s estimates. In return, this also means an increased volumes of Bitcoin being used as the legal tender. Additionally, Bukele also noted recently that citizens are withdrawing less Bitcoin.
And if we add remittances (almost $2 million per day), the incoming USD QUADRUPLES the outflow.
This is very surprising so early in the game.
— Nayib Bukele 🇸🇻 (@nayibbukele) October 7, 2021
And lastly, many countries are dealing with post-pandemic inflation due to economic stimulus measures taken by the regulators and governments. Entrepreneur Bill Pulte stated in a recent interview that the US is battling inflation that is not transitory but ‘sticky.’
As the US recorded high inflation for the past six months, JP Morgan noted,
“The re-emergence of inflation concerns among investors has renewed interest in the usage of bitcoin as an inflation hedge.”
Just like gold, Bitcoin is considered as a hedge against rising prices in the economy. Not so long back, the investment bank had also noted that Institutional investors appear to be returning to Bitcoin as they see it as a better inflation hedge than gold.
Many seem to resonate that Bitcoin is in fact Gold 2.0. Investor Chamath Palihapitiya recently agreed to that in an interview.
— Delivering Alpha (@DeliveringAlpha) September 29, 2021