Marty Bent, co-founder of bitcoin mining firm Great American Mining, said he is happy to keep Bitcoin in his wallet amid uncertainty over the legacy financial system. As the probability of Chinese real estate giant Evergrande defaulting on $305 billion in debt grows, experts weigh how the firm’s bankruptcy could affect the traditional and crypto market. So what can the “Evergrande Crisis” bring to the crypto market? We answer, accompanied by analyst Brian Quarmby. .
What experts think about the “Evergrande Crisis”
Speculation on whether the real estate investment giant will default has coincided with a downturn in crypto and stock markets, with many analysts split on whether traders should buy the dip or turn a profit in preparation for further bearish momentum.
At the time of writing, Bitcoin (BTC) is down about 13% since the downturn that started on Saturday, while the S&P 500 is down 1%. 7 and Hang Seng is 2% in the same time frame. 8 fell. Some experts claim that Evergande’s debt crisis may represent another moment of Lehman Brothers. It refers to the major investment bank’s declaration of bankruptcy on $600 billion of debt that started the global financial crisis.
Ray Dalio: Evergrande crisis is manageable
However, speaking at the Greenwich k Forum on Wednesday, Bridgewater Associates co-chairman and co-chairman investment office Ray Dalio downplayed the importance of the Evergrande default and argued that the debt was “manageable”. Dalio thinks that Evergrande’s debt will not cause structural damage, as the Chinese government may take action to restructure the firm and negotiate deals, although it will annoy investors:
The Lehman moment produced widespread structural damage through the system that wasn’t fixed until the Treasury’s borrowing and then the Fed’s encounter with quantitative easing, but it’s not that kind of concussion.
Can China restructure Evergrande?
Ming Tan, director of credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P), predicts that the Chinese state will intervene to restructure Evergrande. Speaking to the Financial Times on Monday, Tan also speculated that “profitable parts of the business being acquired by Evergrande’s competitors” could appear in the restructuring, and that debt obligations could be directly capitalized by a consortium of Chinese commercial banks or the local central bank. Popular cryptocurrency analyst Lark Davis also tweeted that he wasn’t too worried:
Most analysts seem to believe that Evergrande will not lead to a global contagion like Lehman did…. Can we go back to the bull run now, please?
Not everyone is that optimistic
Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money program, claimed that Evergrande’s debt problems will likely affect the crypto market because almost half of the reserves backing the leading stablecoin Tether (USDT) are held in commercial paper dollars.
Cramer urged investors to be vigilant as Evergrande awaits a potential government bailout.
I know crypto lovers never want to hear me say “sell” but if you have a big win like I do, I beg you. Don’t let it be a loss; sell some. The rest is long, then let’s wait and see if China changes its stance towards the Evergrande bailout.
Tether denies allegations
While Tether refused to hold any commercial paper issued by Evergrande, analystsdollarser warned that the fallout from Evergrande’s restructuring could have significant impacts on the broader commercial paper markets. Cramer said:
Tons of Chinese businesses are ready to be crushed by this fiasco and are exposed to Evergrande, which could lead to real trouble.
Marty Bent, a podcaster and co-founder of Evergrande, also rang alarm bells in his Monday newsletter. Bent argued that an Evergrande default would reveal “how open the Western world is to China” through investments in major real estate players, their debt instruments and debt issued by the Community Party of China (CCP). He added:
Evergrande is sinking and dragging other big real estate developers in China down with it. The world is witnessing another Lehman moment.
Bent also questioned the claim that Evergrande has a high probability of being rescued by the government, and drew attention to the party’s recent pressure to rein in Chinese capitalism and tighten regulations in the real estate market:
CCP has emerged and stated that they do not plan to stop real estate developers currently falling towards bankruptcy. It will be interesting to see if they will continue this stance as things go bad.
The podcast publisher additionally stated that while he is not sure how the fallout from Evergrande will affect Bitcoin in the short to medium term, he is “thankful” that he can hold Bitcoin as a hedge against the fiat-backed global financial system. Evergrande’s share price is falling steadily in 2021 as credit woes increase. After opening the year at around $14, the price now sits at $2.20. This is equivalent to a loss of more than 84%.