A Million-Dollar Bitcoin Bet, Financial Crisis Warnings Abound, and Ordinal Inscriptions Surpass 500,000 — Week in Review

Venture capitalist Balaji Srinivasan says hyperinflation is happening now, and is making million-dollar bets that the price of bitcoin will reach $1M in 90 days. In related news, myriad voices from the world of finance are sounding off about inflation, recession, and a brewing economic crisis. In spite of the economic turmoil, however, Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell doesn’t envision the Fed cutting interest rates this year. This and more just below in the News Week in Review.

Balaji Srinivasan Says Hyperinflation Happening Now — Makes Million-Dollar Bets on Bitcoin Price Exceeding $1M in 90 Days

Venture capitalist and angel investor Balaji Srinivasan says hyperinflation is happening now. Expecting the price of bitcoin to soon hit $1 million, he is making million-dollar bets that it will happen in 90 days. Srinivasan also advised investors to buy bitcoin, which he believes to be “a hedge against hyperinflation, monetary debasement, bank freezes, and wealth seizure.”

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Economist Peter Schiff Expects Worse Financial Crisis Than 2008 — Says ‘Future Rate Hikes Are Now Pointless’

Economist Peter Schiff has warned that the current financial crisis will be worse than in 2008. “Future rate hikes are now pointless,” he stressed, adding that any effect will be more than offset by the Fed’s quantitative easing.

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Economist David Rosenberg Warns of ‘Crash Landing’ and Recession, Citing Fed Data

Famed economist David Rosenberg has warned of a “crash landing” and an impending recession for the U.S. economy. Referring to the Philadelphia Fed’s manufacturing index chart, he stressed: “Take a good hard look at this chart and tell me we are heading into a ‘soft’ or ‘no’ landing. More like a ‘crash’ landing.”

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Bitcoin’s Ordinal Inscriptions Surpass 500,000 Mark as Miners Earn $2.66 Million in Added Fees

According to statistics, there are now more than 500,000 Ordinal inscriptions on the Bitcoin blockchain as the trend continues to gain significant traction. Onchain data also shows that since inscriptions started gaining popularity last month, Bitcoin miners have obtained 98 bitcoins worth $2.66 million in added fees.

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Fed Chair Powell Says Rate Cuts ‘Not in Our Base Case’ — Inflation Still ‘Too High’

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell does not see the Fed cutting interest rates this year. “Inflation remains too high, and the labor market continues to be very tight,” Powell said, adding: “Financial conditions seem to have tightened, and probably by more than the traditional indexes say.”

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