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Bitcoin Price Plunges as Fed Remains Hawkish

Fri, 10/21/2022 - 15:07
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Alex Dovbnya
Bitcoin has dropped to lowest level since early October as Fed nears announcement of another massive rate hike
Bitcoin Price Plunges as Fed Remains Hawkish
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Earlier today, the price of Bitcoin slipped to $18,660, the lowest level since Oct. 13, on the Bitstamp exchange.

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After failing to catch up with buoyant stocks, which rallied earlier this week because of a strong corporate earnings season, the largest cryptocurrency remains on the ropes due to macroeconomic uncertainty.

Earlier this Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Federal Reserve officials were on track to raise the benchmark interest rate by 75 basis points in November. This would be the fourth consecutive increase of such size.

Some Fed officials signaled their willingness to slow down the dizzying pace of rate hikes in the near future in order to avoid a sudden economic downturn, the report says.

However, the general consensus appears to be that this is not the right time for a dovish pivot due to persistently high inflation.

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There is, however, very little clarity about what the Fed's next move will be. For now, it seems likely that the central bank will opt for a 50-basis-point hike in December. However, Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester has already voiced support for two consecutive 75-basis-point rate hikes.

Bitcoin has been stuck in a very tight range for the last few weeks. Bitcoin has spent the last two weeks trading below the $20,000 level, with its longest streak below the crucial level since it was breached for the first time in December 2020.

As reported by U.Today, its volatility is now lower than that of the S&P 500 index for the first time in two years. However, monetary policy surprises could potentially lead to fireworks.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at