US Debt Default Threatens Crypto and Stock Markets, Bloomberg Strategist Warns


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Bloomberg Intelligence’s senior commodities analyst, Mike McGlone, has issued a stark warning that a potential US debt default could have a significant impact on crypto and stock markets.

He recently made his comments during a recent Wolf of All Streets roundtable discussion, where he stated that he is bearish on crypto assets and stocks, while bullish on gold.

Alarming Prospects of US Debt Ceiling:  

McGlone’s concern is rooted in the possibility that the US may default on its debt, with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen having recently mentioned the word ‘default’ during negotiations to raise the US debt ceiling before the June 1st deadline.

Getting deep into his analysis he argues that a default could significantly impact risk assets, stating that

“It keeps me very bullish on things like gold, very, very bearish things like the stock market and broad cryptos because I don’t think this is going to come to an agreement until markets make that.” 

These comments have made him more bullish on gold and negative on stocks and cryptocurrencies.

Gold Shines, Stocks, and Cryptos Suffer

He justified his claim with the 2011 market downturn, where the stock market dropped significantly due to the debt crisis. However, he believes that an agreement will eventually be reached as policymakers will realize that a global economic crash is imminent.

However, amidst the crisis, he says there is a ray of hope. Once an agreement is reached to raise the US debt ceiling, he believes risk assets will rally. In his best-case scenario, waking up to the news of an agreement would trigger a surge in risk assets, with Bitcoin potentially benefiting the most.

Final thoughts

He concluded his stance by suggesting that the most probable outcome is that the market’s reaction to the potential US debt default will exert pressure on policymakers to reach a resolution. This pressure would likely result in the debt ceiling being raised to avoid severe consequences for the global economy.

As the June 1st deadline looms, the fate of crypto and stock markets hangs in the balance. Investors are advised to stay vigilant and monitor the developments closely.