We’d like to give a massive kudos to the University of Cambridge for bringing a vast amount of clarity to a data set that has been the topic of hot debate over the last few years… Bitcoin’s electricity consumption.
The new mini-site can be found at cbeci.org.
In the comparisons tab, we can see in real time how much electricity bitcoin is using and how it stacks up against other big electricity uses.
For example, the current annual bitcoin electricity consumption is enough to power all the tea Kettles in England for 11 years. All in all, according to the CBECI FAQ page, there is little evidence to suggest that bitcoin is contributing to climate change and at the very worst case scenario only accounts for 0.17% of the Earth’s carbon emissions.
No doubt, we’ll need to figure out how to limit the expenditure over time, but for now, at least we have clear and impartial data to understand where we stand.
- Lagarde to the ECB
- Physical & Digital Gold
- Bounce off 10k
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I guess now we’ll need to figure out who will replace her at the IMF?
Kidding aside, this does seem like an excellent choice given her diplomacy skills and connections across Europe. However, pundits have pointed out her clear lack of experience in setting monetary policy. Hopefully, she learns quick.
Many analysts see Lagarde as a someone who will continue the policies of Draghi and follow in the path that he’s set. She’s often been quoted as agreeing with the soon to be former ECB boss, so it seems a reasonable assumption. Accept that as a diplomat, it might be difficult to tell when in the past she’s agreed with people publicly without actually being of the same mind.
All in all, Laguard is very popular across the EU and I’m sure that if there were an actual election where people could pick the head of the financial system, she would’ve won it hands down.
Stock markets continue into uncharted territory today as the everything rally continues. A topic we explored deeply in yesterday’s all-access webcast. (link below).
Bitcoin & Gold are both Strong
We’ve previously pointed out how bitcoin doesn’t really correlate with other markets on a day to day basis, but this perception has now been challenged big time.
Here we can see the 90 correlation between physical gold and digital gold is at it’s highest level since September 2016.
So, what happened in May that caused both assets to rise?
Well, the Fed of course. If you’ll recall, the beginning of May is when the Fed took their foot off the gas pedal and started emphasizing caution and patience rather than talking about further rate hikes.
So it seems, that a loose fed is good for all assets, including bitcoin. The thing is, bitcoin is the only asset that really represents a hedge against them getting too loose with their policy.
Bitcoin is getting some much-needed R&R at the moment. After the incredible rally since April 2nd, it’s good to see it finally in a state of relaxation.
Volumes have come down significantly over the last week and at this point, it’s a bit difficult to know exactly where it will go next. The bounce off the $10,000 key psychological support was critical but so far not enough to know if the pullback is over or if it will go deeper.
The amount of time it takes from now until it recovers back to fresh highs should prove useful in determining if we’re in a parabolic run or not.
Many thanks to everyone who attended the webcast yesterday and thanks a lot for all the amazing questions. Very sorry we couldn’t get to all of them but please do feel free to hit me up any time, I always appreciate these type of well thought out questions and will do my best to answer them to the best of my ability.
For those of you who might have missed it, you can catch the recording here: https://event.on24.com/
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