In the last eighteen months, cryptocurrencies have stormed onto the financial scene with a very loud bang. The cryptocurrency market is now valued at north of $500 billion and growing exponentially every year. At this rate, the cryptocurrency market will be worth trillions of dollars in just a few short years. This multi-trillion-dollar pot of gold is now firmly entrenched in global finance. As a result, what was once scorned, ridiculed, and considered little more than a pipe-dream is now being taken very seriously by almost every major financial institution worldwide
We recently examined the structural misunderstandings of cryptocurrencies that were expressed in a blog post by one of New Zealand’s largest banks ASB). However, it seems that this misunderstanding of cryptocurrencies, blockchain technologies, and the power dynamic between them and traditional power structures is endemic throughout the entire global financial system. Bloomberg just released a piece from its editorial board, revealing their own limited knowledge in this area.
With the recent “cryptopocalypse” that has wiped $250B in value from the cryptocurrency ecosystem in the last few days, one thing that has taken me by surprise is the seemingly coincidental moves in traditional USD FX markets. Over a 36 hour window from the beginning of the latest Bitcoin bear run, the USD fell almost two points in futures markets from 92 to 90, and the USD spiked downwards across all currency pairs.
Whenever I hear people talking about cryptocurrencies, much of the conversation always seems to focus on the unsustainability of fiat currency. The common assumption is that the word’s fiat currency system is eventually going to collapse. However, it’s rare to find anyone talking about how that will happen. What issues will drive that collapse, and – perhaps more importantly – how will we be able to recognize it when it’s happening? Because the answers to those questions seem to be so complex, most people don’t ever bother to address them at all. The truth is, though, that the real issues are simple to understand once they’re laid out on the table. This article will attempt to explain some of these complex financial matters in simpler terms to facilitate a greater understanding of the problem at hand.