Is Joe Biden the Future Leader of the Free World? A Windfall for Bitcoin (BTC), Less so for DeFi

Mon 25 Jan 2021 ▪ 20h32 ▪ 3 min read — by Guillaume Lallemant

Is the United States the home of Bitcoin (BTC)? Is Satoshi Nakamoto American? Why would we want to link the US presidential elections and the price of Bitcoin? The blockchain may well save electronic voting, but it doesn’t seem like Bitcoin’s future would be played out at the ballot box. It turns out it’s more about just the markets.

Bitcoin does not support any candidate, but candidates support Bitcoin

Bloomberg suggests that the Biden administration would not just sit idly by when it comes to regulating cryptocurrencies.

Their latest newsletter indicates that the election of Joe Biden would accelerate the adoption of Bitcoin by the general public and usher in the approval of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on crypto exchanges.

Bloomberg also believes that Donald Trump’s administration opted for a policy of non-intervention.

The Justice Department’s latest initiative seems to contradict this last point: the department has just published a document entitled “Cryptocurrency: An Enforcement Framework”, suggesting that Bloomberg’s newsletter was probably written long before.

A Democratic victory would also lead to changes to DeFi’s regulatory environment that could hamper the sector’s growth.

The lack of regulation certainly contributed to the Explosion of DeFi: it is no coincidence that KuCoin hackers used Uniswap to get rid of illegally acquired tokens.

Worst-case scenario, BTC peaks at $80,000

Bloomberg’s forecasts for the price of Bitcoin are decidedly positive: the price of Bitcoin is set to rise at a moderate rate, regardless of the outcome of the elections.

In this case, even if this increase is only half that of the period from 2016 to 2020, the price is expected to reach $80,000 by 2024.

Bloomberg considers the US debt-to-GDP ratio, quantitative easing policies and the increase in the BTC hashrate, to be all indicators of a bullish rise in prices.

Joe Biden gets elected, so much the better for Bitcoin. Donald Trump gets elected, so much the better for Bitcoin. BTC seems to be immune to all attacks. Even Covid-19 is in Bitcoin’s corner, revealing the weaknesses of the dollar and encouraging companies to turn to digital gold to protect themselves from inflation. Bitcoin is above state policies, it just needs a little time to definitively prove its superiority to the greenback.

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Guillaume Lallemant

Originaire de Belgique, écrire est une passion. Depuis 5 ans maintenant, j'ai compris que la blockchain changerait radicalement nos vies, et je voulais absolument partager mes recherches avec vous !


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