Grayscale Warns Inflation May Delay Cryptocurrency Price Rise

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Despite Bitcoin’s remarkable 45% surge in February, surpassing the $60,000 mark for the first time since November 2021, Grayscale, a leading cryptocurrency asset manager, has expressed caution. The company’s analysts have flagged macroeconomic factors, particularly inflation and its potential impact on Federal Reserve policy, as potential hurdles to sustained cryptocurrency appreciation.

Despite Bitcoin’s impressive 45% surge in February, breaking the $60,000 barrier for the first timesince November 2021, Grayscale, a prominent cryptocurrency asset manager, has sounded a note of caution. The company’s analysts have highlighted macroeconomic factors, particularly inflation and itspotential impact on Federal Reserve policy, as potential obstacles to sustained cryptocurrencyappreciation.

Persistent Inflation and Its Implications

Grayscale analysts emphasize the significant role of macroeconomic conditions on cryptocurrency
valuations, specifically pointing to the recent rise in inflation as cause for concern. They argue that
this development decreases the likelihood of interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve, which could
dampen further crypto valuation increases. The analysts stress the importance of past crypto cycles in
illustrating the substantial effect of Federal Reserve monetary policy and broader economic
conditions on crypto asset valuations.

The Federal Reserve’s reluctance to lower interest rates in the face of high inflation could have a dual
impact. On one hand, it may strengthen the U.S. dollar, while on the other, it could negatively impact
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Grayscale’s commentary takes place against the backdrop of the
rapidly increasing U.S. national debt, further complicating the inflation narrative.

Grayscale’s Perspective and Investor Vigilance

Despite challenges, Grayscale’s perspective remains somewhat pessimistic. The firm anticipates the
possibility of continued downward U.S. consumer price inflation, eventually leading to rate cuts by
the Federal Reserve. However, they advise investors to remain vigilant and closely monitor upcoming
inflation reports, including the CPI report on March 12, the PPI report on March 14, and the Federal
Reserve’s policy rate guidance at its next meeting on March 20.

Strong Interest Reflected in Record Inflows

In contrast to concerns about macroeconomic factors, February witnessed record inflows into crypto
funds. Bitcoin ETFs in the U.S. also saw significant interest, with net inflows totaling $6 billion for the
month. This surge in demand, particularly in anticipation of Bitcoin’s halving in April, highlights
growing investor interest in cryptocurrencies as a credible asset class. The imbalance between new
demand and limited new supply of Bitcoin is considered a key driver behind recent valuation
increases.

Furthermore, Ethereum, the second-largest crypto asset by market cap, saw a notable gain of 47%
during the month. Anticipation of a critical upgrade to the Ethereum network and its implications for
Layer 2 blockchain efficiencies contributed to this positive momentum. Additionally, the Utilities &
Services Crypto Sector, which includes projects potentially offering synergies with AI technologies,
outperformed other market segments, gaining 53%.

Author: Candace

Candace loves the arts. She holds some bitcoins.