Bitcoin has been a runaway success story in the market this year. BTC prices have once again tapped the $30,000 mark on Tuesday, which are numbers not experienced by the cryptocurrency since June last year. In contrast, other assets have failed to keep up, with the Nasdaq 100 index of the biggest tech stocks gaining only about 20 percent in the same period. With Bitcoin’s price surging over 80 percent this year, investors are curious as to why this is happening and what factors are driving this trend.
The Federal Reserve’s Monetary Policy
One of the key factors driving Bitcoin’s resurgence appears to be the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy. The central bank has implemented nine interest rate increases over the past year, causing crypto asset prices to plummet. However, investors are now betting that the Fed will soon pause its rate increases — despite Fed officials suggesting otherwise — triggering a major rebound in BTC prices.
Banking Sector Turmoil
Bitcoin’s biggest gains have also coincided with the banking sector’s problems, with the cryptocurrency’s price rising more than 45 percent since the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank last month. Some industry experts suggest that the recent rally indicates investors are converting some of their cash into digital currencies, although there is little evidence of this happening.
A surge in BTC prices during troubles in the banking sector is not surprising at all, given its potential as a hedge against economic turmoil. The cryptocurrency’s finite supply and decentralization make it immune to government control and inflation, which can be particularly attractive during times of economic or political uncertainty.
Bitcoin’s capability to maintain value during economic downturns has led some investors to view it as a potential hedge against inflation, similar to gold. This trend can be best illustrated during the COVID-19 pandemic when BTC prices experienced a significant increase as investors sought a safe haven against market volatility. This trend continued in 2021, with the cryptocurrency’s price rising significantly amid the health emergency that crippled economies during that period.
Corporate Bitcoin Adoption
Additionally, the rising corporate adoption of Bitcoin has played a critical role in its price increase. Companies such as MicroStrategy, a software company that has been on a Bitcoin buying spree in recent years, are stockpiling the cryptocurrency.
As of last week, MicroStrategy held about 140,000 Bitcoins, which is worth around $4.2 billion at current prices, surpassing the firm’s $3.6 billion market capitalization. This adoption has boosted confidence in Bitcoin, increasing its perceived value.
Why BTC Prices are Reacting This Way
Bitcoin prices tend to move or react based on a variety of factors. Besides the elements tackled here, these include global events and government regulatory changes. The cryptocurrency’s decentralization and lack of regulation make it reactive to market fluctuations. Moreover, investor sentiment, market psychology, and speculation all play a significant role in Bitcoin’s volatility.
The meteoric rise of BTC prices this year is a combination of factors, including the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, banking sector turmoil, and corporate adoption. Despite its price fluctuations, Bitcoin remains a highly sought-after investment due to its potential for wealth preservation and the possibility of high returns. On the other hand, as with any investment, it is important to understand the risks and conduct thorough research before investing in Bitcoin or any cryptocurrency.
Giancarlo is an economist by profession with a career spanning nearly two decades. His professional journey has seen him assume vital roles in various government and private organizations such as the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Megaworld Corporation, and the China Banking Corporation in the Republic of the Philippines.
In addition to his civic and corporate pursuits, his forward-thinking approach has led him to manage several prominent websites in the banking and finance sector, notably the Australia-based RateChoice, where he immersed himself in the world of emerging financial technologies and where he found particular interest in Bitcoin all the way back to 2013.
Prior to his addition to Blockzeit’s dynamic team, he held an essential role as Project Manager for initiatives encompassing blockchain, stablecoin, mining, special economic zone development, and iGaming. This noteworthy chapter in his career unfolded under the auspices of InPlan Consultancy Services, Inc., the think-tank of IMPERO Consortium Management Corporation headquartered in Manila, Philippines, and Tokyo, Japan. InPlan, led by a distinguished retired Cabinet member of the Philippines, collaborates directly with IMPERO’s core management team, contributing to strategic planning and business development endeavors.