Mati Greenspan
By Mati Greenspan
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Flipping Mobius

Hi Everyone,

The power of any network is the people who support it and believe in it. Crypto is no different. Of course, many of those who are heavily entrenched in the old financial system are unsurprisingly unswayed by the benefits of crypto, but that’s changing rapidly.

We previously reported that Niall Ferguson, the man who literally wrote the book on the evolution of money, had changed his mind from being a bitcoin skeptic to a fan.

Yesterday, I was on the radio with Bloomberg and the host said to me, “you know it’s interesting that your comments are so in line with our previous guest Mark Mobius.”

Seriously?!

For those of you who don’t know, Mark Mobius is a legendary investor who is used to managing billions of Dollars, mostly in emerging markets. He’s on record as being adamantly opposed to Bitcoin and saying that it has no value proposition.

However in this interview yesterday (timestamp 6:30), he expressed the “desire from people around the world to transfer money easily and confidentially” and said that he believes bitcoin will survive.

Still, being a pragmatic investor, Mobius has not yet himself invested in bitcoin due to the extreme volatility.

Mark!!… The volatility is one of the most attractive qualities of crypto from an asset managers perspective. The idea of asymmetric risk allows us to use this unique and uncorrelated asset class to greatly increase our return on risk in any otherwise well-diversified portfolio.

Just as I, in my portfolio, am holding about 3.5% in emerging markets, I believe that one day soon asset managers around the world will diversify with crypto.

While we wait, let’s play a game called “who is gonna flip next?”

@MatiGreenspan

eToro, Senior Market Analyst

Today’s Highlights

  • Hit em in the Bonds
  • Bitcoin Cycle Visualized
  • Alts Catching Up

Please note: All data, figures & graphs are valid as of May 16th. All trading carries risk. Only risk capital you can afford to lose.

Traditional Markets

Stocks continue to defy the politicians and are continuing to recover from the recent trade-war-driven dip. The feeling from many analysts seems to be that the new tariffs and counter-tariffs are already priced in and unless we see a serious deterioration from here, there’s only upside potential.

Such deterioration, of course, does remain a distinct possibility. Even today we saw headlines like.

China isn’t taking this lying down either. We can see that over the last quarter China has offloaded US debt at its fastest pace in more than two years.

As China is the largest holder of US debt, this is a bit concerning and represents a notable escalation in the trade war. The fear and we haven’t seen it yet, is if China decides to devalue to the Yuan. Such a scenario doesn’t seem likely, as it would bring the currency’s stability into question and could cause Chinese citizens to try getting their money out of the country. However, if backed into a corner, they may have no other option but to take the hit in order to offset the tariffs.

Here we can see that the USD has been gaining against the CNH lately. The number to watch is the great wall of psychological resistance at seven Yuan to the Dollar.

Bitcoin’s Market Cycles

Those of you who’ve been reading for a while know that we’ve been talking about bitcoin’s bull and bear cycles a lot, in anticipation of history repeating itself. Of course, past performance is not an indication of future results but I thought that this graph showing bitcoin’s previous bull runs and massive pullbacks was worth sharing.

Notice that it is on a logarithmic scale, which is very popular among cryptoanalysts. It shows the highs and lows of each cycle and the percentage gains and losses on each one. Chart credit goes to @rallyqt.

How about a pullback?

Crypto markets are struggling to hold on to some of the lofty levels seen this week. Bitcoin itself just doesn’t seem to be able to keep above $8,000 and as I write it seems like a pullback is finally coming in.

Even John McAfee, the man whose ‘reputation’ is on the line for a massive moon, has recently stated that we could see a swift pullback.

In all fairness, we can’t really judge the strength of the bull run or even know if we’re in a bull market until we see a few pullbacks and continuations. Until then, all we’re seeing are temporary movements and not an overall trend.

Still, if it is the case that we’re going to the moon from a here a pullback has the potential to act as the slingshot that will take us there. Nobody wants to FOMO in at the top, so a nicely sized pullback could provide people who missed the last swing to join in at a better price.

The size of the pullback will also be significant. For example, if the worst is over right now, then that is an incredibly bullish sign. If it takes us back to test $6,000 and then continues to break above the recent highs, I would say that would be the start of a healthy bull market. If, on the other hand, a large pullback comes and takes us back below $5,000 then this entire party may have been for naught.

We’ll see how it goes.

Let’s have a flipping amazing day.

Best regards,

Mati Greenspan
Senior Market Analyst

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