Conservative tech investor Peter Thiel said Thursday that Bitcoin predicted inflation’s record highs over the past two years.
The PayPal and Palantir Technologies co-founder spoke at the Bitcoin 2022 Conference in Miami, Florida this week.
Bitcoin, Thiel believes, cannot be owned by governments and is the “most honest” and “most efficient” market in the world. Thiel says Bitcoin “was the canary in the coal mine” alerting bankers to the incoming inflation of the last two years.
Over those past two years, economists have repeatedly speculated that the inflation spike would be temporary or at least start to slow. (RELATED: Does Anyone Actually Believe the Fed Can Tame Inflation Without Tanking the Economy?)
Jason Furman, Former President Obama’s top economic advisor, told the AP in June of last year, “I don’t think anyone thinks the recent rate of price increase is going to continue.”
However, inflation clocked in at 7.9% at the end of February, rising nearly 0.5% in 2022’s first two months.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell stated in a November hearing that calling rising prices “transitory” is not an accurate description of the situation.
“I think it’s probably a good time to retire that word and try to explain more clearly what we mean,” Powell said.
“I am ready to retire the word transitory,” U.S. Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen echoed Powell in a Reuters interview in December. “I can agree that that hasn’t been an apt description of what we are dealing with.”
Thiel also stated that bankers should be “extremely grateful to Bitcoin because it’s the last warning they’re going to get and they’ve chosen to ignore it.”