The stock market is shrinking!!
According to researchers at Citigroup, the US stock market has dwindled by a total of 2.3%.
This trend is known as de-equitization and it’s caused by companies that take out loans in order to buy back their own shares or buy out other companies through mergers and acquisitions, essentially taking them out of the public.
The overall theme here is that debt is actually a much more effective way of raising money these days than offering shares on the public market. Thanks to central bank action, interest rates are low and liquidity is plentiful. So if companies need money, they may be better off going to the bank than to Wall Street investors.
The ultimate effect of this is that a dwindling supply of shares increases demand and share prices tend to go up. It’s a great time to be an investor.
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Speaking about shrinkage, it seems that some of the largest parties in the EU have lost some of their power. At least that’s what I understood from these elections.
May, Merkle, and Macron all seem to have fared poorly and lost ground to more right-wing and/or green/fringe parties.
Financial markets don’t seem too shaken up by all of this though. The Asian session was pretty positive and so far things are holding steady in Europe. Will be interesting to see what mood New York investors will be in as they come back from their long weekend.
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The crypto market seems to be gearing up for an eventful weekend, and I’m not just talking about price action.
This Saturday, June 1st it seems three of the largest smart contract networks will be holding large scale events. Both EOS and Tron have mystery announcements planned while Ethereum will be holding a conference call between two of the top developers who will share their respective plans for the future of the network.
Speculation is rampant on social media about what exactly will happen in each of the respective events, here are some of the top theories.
EOS and block.one are definitely gearing up for something big. Our very own @Jaynemesis wrote a nice thread on the eToro network outlining three of his top guesses for what it might be. Word is, the EOS dev team may be looking to go big by offering a decentralized alternative to Facebook.
Whatever it is they’re planning, it’s clear that block.one is gearing up to devote a large portion of the network’s computing power to it.
Still, though it’s clear from all the responses on the above tweet that the network is excited, I’m struggling to understand what the announcement here is.
For Ethereum, the network is at a much different stage. Ethereum is currently the largest network for decentralized applications. The more pertinent question here is how will the network scale?
Two of the main players, Vitalik Buterin and Vlad Zamfir, seem to have slightly opposing views on how to get this done. So this weekend they’ll sit together on a panel and hash it out. This should be interesting.
Still, with the supply side being constant many analysts like to focus on the demand, a much more variable metric.
So far, during this rally searches for ‘bitcoin’ on Google have been relatively tame so far, as has coverage in the mainstream media. At the same time, the data that I’ve seen seems to indicate that volumes on the crypto-to-crypto exchanges are outpacing those on fiat-to-crypto exchanges.
We understand that institutional investments could soon push crypto past a point of no return but at the moment they remain largely uninvolved. Services by Fidelity, Bakkt, and the Nasdaq will likely come online soon but the doors have not yet open. For now, the only real way to invest from Wall Street is the CBOE futures contracts, which are not actually backed by BTC.
Therefore, it is our base assessment that the current bull run is being driven by those who are already familiar with crypto. People who got involved during the last bull run or before are very likely increasing their day to day blockchain activity.
This means both investing in crypto as prices seem to be low for now but also could be coming from developing countries. Ultimately, every time I ask social media where the demand is coming from, the resounding answer seems to be “everywhere.”
This article on bitcoinist.com names five different countries where FOMO seems to be the strongest at the moment but the list could probably be expanded to 20 or even 50 key regions across the globe right now.
I’ll leave you today with our weekly interview on CoinTelegrph, where we discussed the current market momentum and where we might be headed. Wishing you an amazing day ahead.
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