ShapeShift CEO Erik Voorhees has said that the growing debt of the US, which hovers at around $21.7 trillion as of November, will inevitably cause a big spike in crypto.
“When the next global financial crisis occurs, and the world realizes organizations with $20 trillion in debt can’t possibly ever pay it back and thus must print it instead, and thus fiat is doomed. Watch what happens to crypto.”
Voorhees suggested that to repay the national debt, the government and the federal reserve will be forced to print more fiat money, leading to inflation and a decline in the purchasing power of the US dollar.
Major Financial Institutions Including BlackRock Worried
BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager with more than $6.317 trillion in assets under management, is the latest major financial institution to express concerns regarding the rapidly increasing national debt of the US.
The conglomerate’s CEO, Larry Fink, stated that the US government is heading towards a supply problem due to the country’s increasing budget deficit. Beginning next year, Fink noted that the US could be forced to borrow $1 trillion a year.
The rising inflation rate of the US dollar, as shown by the growing interest rates of the Federal Reserve, has become too high to sustain the economy.
“That could be the real issue related to everything: where we have interest rates becoming too high to sustain the economy with its growth rates,” BlackRock CEO Larry Fink said.
US Debt Clock | Source: National Debt Clocks
Nouriel Roubini, a professor at NYU Stern School and a cryptocurrency skeptic, echoed the sentiment of Fink, emphasizing that the interest rate has increased to a point in which the US economy cannot match it with its growth rate.
“Second, because the stimulus was poorly timed, the US economy is now overheating, and inflation is rising above target. The US Federal Reserve will thus continue to raise the federal funds rate from its current 2% to at least 3.5% by 2020, and that will likely push up short- and long-term interest rates as well as the US dollar,” Roubini said, predicting a major financial crisis by 2020.
If a financial crisis is to occur by the end of 2020 as predicted by many economists in the US primarily due to the overly high-interest rate set forth by the Federal Reserve, then the US dollar could drop substantially in value and open up investors to stores of value such as gold and cryptocurrencies whose value is not dependent of the global economy.
Next 10 Years Will be Interesting
Vinny Lingham, the founder of Civic and a partner at Multicoin Capital, said that more wealth would be created in crypto in the next 10 years than the past ten years, despite several large corrections the market faced and will continue to experience in the years to come.
“More wealth will be created in crypto over the next 10 years, than over the prior 10 years. But remember, like any success story, it’s not going to be a straight line up. Keep believing and just be patient.”