• The banking crisis in the US and Europe has led to a new “safe haven” status for Bitcoin and other digital currencies.
• The recent failure of First Republic Bank has sparked fears that another financial crisis is imminent.
• Bitcoin and Ether have seen an increase in demand due to their transparent and decentralized nature, providing a leg up for both currencies.
First Republic Bank Has Fallen
Early last month, regulators acquired First Republic Bank and circulated most of its assets and deposits to institutions like JPMorgan Chase. This marks the third major bank failure this year, and it’s making a lot of people think the days of the 2008 Great Recession are on their way back.
The banking crisis in America and Europe has been two-fold in many ways. On the one hand, it’s put a lot of people in a state of fear that another big financial crisis like the one we witnessed 14 or 15 years ago is coming again. At the same time, it can be argued that the current baking crisis has brought about a new “safe haven” status for bitcoin and many of its digital cronies. As a result, we are seeing currencies like bitcoin rise like they never did the previous year, and there are more people backing these assets, supporting them, and investing in them as a means of keeping their wealth stable during this present period of financial and economic strife.
Impact on Bitcoin
Alex Thorn – head of firmwide research at Galaxy – commented in a recent interview: It’s unclear whether the banking crisis narrative can continue to be a boon for bitcoin. Overall, the market lacks clear positive near-term catalysts, with supply issues overhanging bitcoin… Bitcoin accumulation by small addresses is outpacing issuance, and we expect Ethereum staking to increase, each of which provides a supportive supply narrative. Outside of crypto-native factors, we expect a back-of-the-year macro environment to be characterized by tightening, recession, and an expanding multipolarity in the global economy, all of which can be supportive of gold and bitcoin.
Rise In Demand For Cryptocurrency
Bitcoin endured a small dip in early May after it was revealed the drama surrounding First Republic Bank reached a new peak. Right now sentiment is that this could be the final monetary institution that crashes due to banks such as Signature Silvergate & Silicon Valley already having done so previously this year leading to an increase in demand for cryptocurrency as investors look to safeguard their wealth against any potential economic downturns or recessions causing cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin & Ethereum to rise significantly .
Overall cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin & Ethereum have benefited from fears regarding banking crises across both Europe & America being seen as safe havens due to their transparent & decentralized nature giving investors peace if mind when safeguarding against potential economic downturns/recessions while also providing unique opportunities not found with traditional investments/currencies