Trump Pushes Federal Reserve For Negative Interest Rates, Bitcoin's Anti-Inflation Mechanism Shines
As long as other countries are receiving the benefits of Negative Rates, the USA should also accept the “GIFT”. Big numbers!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2020
Trump tweeted out his support of negative interest rates as European Central Banks and the Bank of Japan take their interest below zero.
Bitcoin basher and gold advocate, Peter Schiff was quick to respond to the President with a tweet of his own, explaining what a bad idea negative rates would be as they trigger mass lending from banks who could be penalized for hoarding cash.
Negative rates are not a gift. They are a transfer of wealth from savers to debtors. But the inflation created to make negative rates possible will hurt wage earners too, plus the overall economy will be less productive and living standards will be lower as a result.— Peter Schiff (@PeterSchiff) May 12, 2020
The billionaire bond king Jeff Gundlach also responded with the tweet below, stating that negative interest rates would be fatal for the US economy.
These Trillions Treasury is borrowing is heavily in T-Bills. Chair Powell has stated in plain English he is opposed to negative interest rates. Yet the pressure to go negative on Fed Funds will build as short term borrowing explodes and dominates. Please, no. Rates < 0 = Fatal.— Jeffrey Gundlach (@TruthGundlach) May 6, 2020
Bitcoin was Made to Curb Central Bank Inflation
While some have suggested the dive below zero may be necessary to kickstart the economy, the potential for negative interest rates on the US dollar highlights the strength of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin which has an anti-inflationary mechanism built-in to its code.
Figure 1: Snapshot of Bitcoin Network
Source: Bitcoinblockhalf.com, Data as of May 13 2020
The rationale of the Bitcoin halving stems from the currency design of Bitcoin. In the between the mysterious Satoshi Nakomoto and , Nakamoto that the total supply of Bitcoin is capped at 21 million. This is opposite to the inflationary nature of fiat currencies in which their supply is controlled by central banks.
Guy Hirsch, the US Manager for the eToro exchange told Forbes, "The bitcoin protocol has a monetary policy built into the code and it is therefore not bound by political or other external manipulation." He continued, "Every 210,000 blocks bitcoin will hold a stronger stock-to-flow ratio, which makes bitcoin a real source of value. Central banks have now made printing trillions of dollars a normal occurrence, which is not sustainable."