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Breaking: Bitcoin Plunges as Fed Announces Another Big Interest Rate Hike

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 18:01
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Alex Dovbnya
Fed policymakers have expectedly announced their third consecutive 75-basis-point rate hike
Breaking: Bitcoin Plunges as Fed Announces Another Big Interest Rate Hike
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The U.S. Federal Reserve has enacted its third consecutive 75-basis-point hike.

The price of Bitcoin plunged lower following the most recent rate hike, reaching a new intraday low of $18,704 on the Bitstamp exchange.   

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There was a 16% probability of a 100-basis-point hike on the cusp of the announcement, meaning that Bitcoin bulls have averted a much sharper price drop. 

With the most recent increase, the funds rate is now in the range of 3% to 3.25%. Traders see an 89% chance of another 75-basis-point hike in November.   

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As reported by U.Today, rate expectations jumped significantly due to recent inflation data. The prices of major cryptocurrencies slumped significantly lower after Nomura Securities predicted that the Fed would opt for a 100-basis-point rate hike.

The Fed has been aggressively lifting interest rates for several months, putting plenty of pressure on risk assets.

Chairman Jerome Powell has repeatedly emphasized the importance of getting inflation under control.

Bitcoin continues to trade under the $20,000 after bulls lost stream last week. The cryptocurrency remains down roughly 72% from its all-time high.

As reported by U.Today, Galaxy Digital boss Mike Novogratz recently predicted that Bitcoin would win in the long run if the Federal Reserve were to go back to monetary easing.

The Fed’s hawkishness is believed to be the key reason why Bitcoin and other risk assets are severely underperforming this year together with other risk assets.

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About the author

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 alex.dovbnya@u.today.

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