As per Steven Lubka, the managing director of private clients at Swan Bitcoin, ‘Bitcoin is working as a hedge against inflation despite its 2022 weak price performance.’
According to Steven, Bitcoin (BTC) should still be considered as an inflation hedge even after it has failed in countering this year’s pervasive global inflation.
On the contrary, CEO of Skybridge Capital, Anthony Scaramucci, says that Bitcoin needs significantly more buildout before it can act as an inflation hedge. He believes that even though Bitcoin (BTC) is thriving as an attractive asset, it has not yet reached the “wallet bandwidth” that is required for it to be considered an inflation hedge.
Steven Lubka Believes BTC to be an Inflation Hedge
Steven Lubka, managing director of private clients at Swan Bitcoin, argued that Bitcoin should be considered an inflation hedge in his recent interview.
Lubka agreed that Bitcoin has failed to act as an inflationary hedge during the global inflation events this year. However, he seemed to believe that this inflation has been predominantly caused by supply shocks rather than monetary expansion, wherein Bitcoin is in a state to hedge against inflation more effectively.
“In a world where the price of goods is going up because there’s been a radical loss of abundance, Bitcoin isn’t going to protect investors from that,” Lubka said.
He added, “Bitcoin has none of those risks that I just identified as stocks or housing have. It’s a pure store of value.”
Scaramucci: Bitcoin can become an inflation hedge once it reaches the billion-plus zone
On Monday, on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Anthony of Skybridge Capital voiced his belief that Bitcoin is still too much of “an early adopting technical asset” which will be needing to enter around a billion wallets before it would begin to act as an inflation hedge.
Scaramucci said, “Until you get into the billion, billion-plus zone, I don’t think you’re going to see Bitcoin as an inflation [hedge] as it’s still an early adopting technical asset.”
The number of Bitcoin wallets around the world is estimated at approximately 200 million, with the exact number still unknown.
When Bitcoin had just started out, it had a fixed supply of 21 million coins, which is why some endorsed Bitcoin as a potential inflation hedge. However, the narrative has changed over time, given the fact that Bitcoin has been noted to be increasingly correlated to the stock market, as per a new IMF report.
“Bitcoin is still not a mature enough asset to be regarded as a potential inflation hedge. You just don’t have the wallet bandwidth with Bitcoin,” says Scaramucci.
Scaramucci clarified that his views should be taken to mean that he wasn’t bullish on the asset. He believes that there is strong institutionalized demand for the leading cryptocurrency given the overall crypto market pointing to recent moves from BlackRock to launch a new private spot Bitcoin trust with Coinbase as the custodian.
Scaramucci feels that the markets are filled with a ton of short positions as of now, which could lead to people getting ‘their faces ripped off when they least expect it.’
At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s price is at approximately $21,406, down by 69.01% from its all-time high of $69,045 on November 11, 2021.
On Squawk Box on Monday, Coinshare’s chief strategy officer Meltem Demirors said that she expects that Bitcoin prices will continue to remain flat throughout the third quarter as the price correlation between tech equities and cryptocurrencies continues.
“With Bitcoin, we’ve seen a lot of buying on dips. While internally there’s a lot of enthusiasm within the crypto community around the merge. I don’t think there’s a lot of new capital coming in to buy Etherium on these changed fundamentals,” Meltem Demirors said.