While I’m glad that bitcoin and cryptoassets are finally getting the attention they deserve from the US government, it seems that there may be more important issues getting swept under the rug.
When Steven Mnuchin gave his emergency hearing on virtual currencies earlier this week, several reporters asked him about the debt ceiling but it seemed the Treasury Secretary was less comfortable speaking on that topic than he was on Bitcoin.
For those of us who are like Mnuchin and get queasy when hearing this term, feel free to watch this quick video from CGP Grey that explains the cat & mouse game currently being played by the US government with potentially catastrophic consequences amplifying with each round played.
In short, if Congress fails to raise its level of debt by September, the US government will officially be in default. Quite frankly, this would do a lot more damage to the US Dollar’s position as the global reserve currency than any crypto.
- Trade Wars are Back
- Google Under Fire
- Fall Below 10k
Well, it was a nice truce while it lasted, but just 2.5 weeks after Trump & Xi agreed to a ceasefire, it seems the trade war is back on.
TL;DR – Trump threatened new tariffs on China after they replaced their key negotiator with a trade hardliner.
Markets didn’t seem particularly bothered by this though. US indices remain near their all-time highs and Chinese stocks are quite stable as well.
Google Under Fire
In addition to the above-mentioned update, it seems the US-China trade war has taken yet another turn for the worse, this time involving the tech giant Google and an alleged alliance with the Chinese military.
The accusations are coming from the well-known tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel who claims that the search engine company should be investigated for treason. It seems the President agrees.
In Libra’s Wake
Bitcoin bulls don’t seem particularly worried about this move though. After all, the asset is still up more than 200% since it’s lows in mid-December and as we mentioned previously there are still plenty of levels of support.
In this interview yesterday with Block TV, we discussed exactly how all this newfound attention from the US government is affecting the price of bitcoin.
As always, let me know if you have any questions, comments, or further insights. Have an excellent day!
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