Arthur Hayes: Bitcoin Could Strengthen As Policymakers Choose ‘Easy Button’ To Avoid Raising Rates

In his latest blog post, BitMex co-founder Arthur Hayes pointed out how he sees global economic policies influencing the broader economic landscape and the future of cryptocurrencies.

In his latest blog post, BitMex co-founder Arthur Hayes pointed out how he sees global economic policies influencing the broader economic landscape and the future of cryptocurrencies.

What Happened: In his recent essay titled “The Easy Button,” Hayes argues that policymakers, both elected and unelected, often prefer short-term solutions, or the “easy button,” to maintain power and avoid hard choices. Hayes believes that the dollar-yen exchange rate is a critical global economic variable, significantly impacting monetary policy decisions.

Hayes discusses the “easy button” of the Federal Reserve (Fed) and the Bank of Japan (BOJ) engaging in unlimited currency swaps. He points out that the Fed can legally provide dollars to the BOJ, which can then be used to buy yen, strengthening the Japanese currency.

This allows Japan to avoid raising interest rates, which would force domestic institutions to sell U.S. Treasuries to purchase overpriced Japanese Government Bonds. The geopolitical implications extend to China, where a weaker yen could push China to devalue its currency to remain competitive in global exports.

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Why It Matters: Hayes emphasizes that these monetary maneuvers could have significant implications for the crypto market. For instance, he notes that if the BOJ uses the “easy button” to avoid raising rates, it could lead to increased global liquidity, strengthening assets like Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC). Conversely, if the yen continues to weaken, China might devalue the yuan or peg it to gold, forcing a shift in global economics.

Hayes also draws attention to the political stakes, suggesting that a weak yen could impact U.S. manufacturing jobs and the upcoming presidential election. He suggests closely monitoring the USDJPY rate as an indicator of these underlying maneuvers, humorously advising traders to “watch the USD/JPY rate closer than Solana developers monitor uptime.”

In conclusion, Hayes’ essay underscores the intricate web of global monetary policies and their profound impact on cryptocurrency markets. These dynamics can open pathways to significant opportunities in the crypto space.

What’s Next: The influence of Bitcoin as an institutional asset class is expected to be thoroughly explored at Benzinga’s upcoming Future of Digital Assets event on Nov. 19.

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