Beaten-Down Crypto-Investors Might Retreat To "Safer" Investments
Bitcoin tumbled over 10% on Monday, its biggest one-day drop in over a month. The selloff was sparked by the People's Bank of China (PBOC) urging the largest banks and payment companies in China to crack down harder on cryptocurrency trading.
The China State Council said last month that it would tighten restrictions on bitcoin producers as well as traders. The crackdown on miners will likely hit prices in the short-term, according to market players.
"We are definitely in the midst of a correction" Anthony Wong from Hong Kong-based crypto firm Orichal Partners by Reuters
The cryptocurrency has declined by almost half from its peak in April of nearly $65,000. Year to date, it remains up about 2%, but losses of nearly 30% wiped out almost all gains for the past year.
Growth Roars Back
Many of the companies associated with the “reopening” trade slowed down in early May as investors seem to be rethinking their strategy and head back to technology plays.
“The value trade is unwinding and the growth bulls are winning” Alec Young, Chief Investment Officer of Tactical Alpha by CNBC
The narrative of the market is changing. The storyline for the first quarter was that the re-opening would sustain itself, bond yields would increase and inflation will force the Fed to increase rates.
This was only partly right. The reopening has been strong, but bond yields have come down as investors have come to believe that inflation and supply chain issues will be “transitory” and that the second and third quarters will mark the top in earnings and economic growth.
- Value oriented stocks may experience a weaker environment as inflation fears recede
- Crypto-currencies may also come under pressure after a year-long run as China goes out of its way to reign in speculative investments and debt-levels
- Growth stocks might then benefit from large the outflows from value stocks and crypto-currencies
- However, this “speculative money” might chase retail favorites and highly-shorted stocks first
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