The Economy Is Turning Over. Will Bitcoin Follow?

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In today’s issue, we’re highlighting some of the latest data on the U.S. Gross Domestic Product recession debate and economic cycles turning over.

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The U.S. Recession Debate

Whether the United States is technically in a recession or not, does it matter? We highlighted in a previous piece, U.S. Recession Territory And FTX Accumulation, that a recession is here but the definition is nuanced as deemed by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Highlighted by Eric Basmajian of EPB Macro Research, major components of determining a recession include industrial production, nonfarm payrolls, real personal consumption and real income. The main takeaway is that all of this data is decelerating sharply and if it isn’t a “recession” today then it’s likely one rather soon. 

Downward revisions to GDP growth in the U.S. and globally relative to high consensus expectations has been a theme that Bitcoin Magazine has highlighted multiple times this year. U.S. GDP growth has been consistently below the long-term average of 3% average since 2007 and is well below its 2.4% five-year moving average trend this year. We’re likely headed into a period of much lower global growth and even the New York Federal Reserve Bank forecasts don’t have GDP growth returning to 2% by 2025.

Source: New York Federal Reserve DSGE Model

To add to the growth picture, It’s hard to find any major macroeconomic data that paints a bullish outlook right now. Most major indicators have fallen or continue to fall below historical trends. It’s the first signs of a reversal in most economic data that opens the door for a new bull cycle. One example of this is highlighted below by the Conference Board Leading Economic Index, which looks to have already peaked months ago. 

Source: Conference Board LEI

Bitcoin Magazine has previously highlighted the relationship of bitcoin and economic cycles looking at the ISM Manufacturing Index in Growth Deceleration and The Dollar Wrecking Ball. Although bitcoin has its own monetization cycle and demand, it has followed economic and business cycles like every other asset. The S&P Global Flash US Composite PMI for June already shows economic contraction unfolding and likely that the ISM index follows suit. 

To give readers context of major ISM contractions, the 2009 cycle bottomed at 33.1 and 2001 bottomed at 40.8. It wasn’t until the reversal and an accelerating ISM that equities followed suit. Now it’s all a question of how far this economic cycle contracts. 

By no means do we mean to paint a doom and gloom picture for what’s to come or to strictly focus on larger macro trends. We are actively looking for research, data and objective analysis cases to suggest the opposite. But we haven’t found much convincing from the other side and for better or worse, bitcoin is currently tied to larger forces at play. Even the latest rally is not bitcoin or crypto industry-specific, it is strictly following the “all risk assets” path.

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