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How the Fed’s decisions affect the crypto market: expert opinions

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Against the background of the key rate increase of the U.S. Federal Reserve in mid-June 2022, the crypto market went into decline. The BeinCrypto editorial board decided to find out how further decisions by the regulator could affect the crypto industry. Experts helped us understand the question

The crypto market adjusts to the Fed

Further increases may be very tough, even by 100 basis points. In his opinion, everyone is afraid of such a decision by the Fed.

The U.S. is failing to cope with inflation. So far they have been successful in destroying the economy and cryptocurrency. This is their goal, to buy up all the depreciated or bankrupt assets afterwards. We saw this approach during the collapse of the Soviet Union and the 2008 crisis. Some say that the Fed is following the same way, and that pseudo-socialism is gradually giving way to capitalism.

Cryptocurrencies are designed to combat this kind of market manipulation. The correlation of the crypto market with the S&P500 and other indices is a great folly on the part of the market and investors who are aligning themselves with the Fed.

Awareness of market behavior may come to its participants along with the recession, the government’s crackdown on billionaire companies and their privatization. At that point, the VTS will disengage from a market that can be so easily manipulated.

The Fed would like to leave the rate at low levels. To its rise, the regulator is forced by the rising rate of inflation. Through the rate, the Fed regulates the cost of borrowing and the speed of circulation of the national currency. When the rate rises, credit becomes more expensive and the rate of circulation of the currency decreases. This causes the economy to cool and inflation to fall.

A side effect of the rate hike is a strengthening of the dollar against a wide range of financial instruments, including cryptocurrencies. Further rate hikes will cause cryptocurrencies to fall in value against the U.S. dollar.

Not everything is within the Fed’s control

There is another opinion. Raising or lowering rates does not affect cryptocurrencies in any way. The reason for the markets to move anywhere can be absolutely any. It all depends on several factors: what cycle is in the market now, how long it has been going on, how big players feel, and so on.

During the last six months, there has been a correlation between the cryptocurrency market and U.S. indices. At the same time, correlation is an extremely unstable thing.

Experts’ opinions on the effect of U.S. Federal Reserve policy on the crypto market are divided. Some believe that the movement of digital assets depends largely on the regulator’s decisions, while others believe that investors should pay attention to a combination of factors. 

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These Alts Dumped the Most as Total Crypto Market Cap Lost $100B in a Day (Market Watch)

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Bitcoin’s price movements over the past several days were quite promising as the asset had recovered from last week’s crash and stood above $66,000 and even $67,000 before the landscape changed for the worse once again today.

The altcoins, though, are in an even worse state, with numerous massive price declines across almost all charts.

BTC Slides Below $64K

CryptoPotato reported the adverse price movements last week that were propelled by the escalating tension between Iran and Israel. This culminated in a price drop to under $59,500 on Friday, hours before the fourth halving.

However, when Iran tried to calm the situation, bitcoin went on the offensive and jumped by over five grand in hours. It faced the completion of the halving at around $65,000 and kept climbing gradually over the next few days to just under $67,000.

The latest failed attempt to overcome that level was yesterday. However, the bears were quick to intercept the move and pushed the cryptocurrency south hard.

In a matter of hours, the asset fell by more than $3,000 and kept dropping to a multi-day low of $63,500 (on Bitstamp). Its current price tag is not much higher amid the growing ETF outflows, and its market cap has declined to $1.260 trillion on CG. Its dominance over the alts has remained at the same level of 50.7%.

Bitcoin/Price/Chart 25.04.2024. Source: TradingView
Bitcoin/Price/Chart 25.04.2024. Source: TradingView

Alts Turn Red

The landscape around the altcoins is even worse today. Aside from BNB, TRX, and LEO, who have been spared by the crash, the rest of the larger-cap alts are deep in the red. ETH is down by 4% and trades inches above $3,100. Similar losses are evident from XRP, LINK, LTC, and NEAR.

More painful declines come from the likes of Solana (-7%), Dogecoin (-8%), Toncoin (-9%), Cardano (-6%), Shiba Inu (-8%), Avalanche (-10%), Bitcoin Cash (-6%), and Polkadot (-8%).

The total crypto market cap has dumped by around $100 billion in a day and is under $2.5 trillion on CG now.

Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: QuantifyCrypto
Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: QuantifyCrypto
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It’s Not Looking Good for Bitcoin HODLers, Warns Peter Schiff as BTC Correction Continues

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The popular bitcoin perma-bear Peter Schiff has carried out another verbal attack on X during the most recent price correction that drove the asset to a multi-day low of around $63,000.

Schiff, known for his support and admiration for gold, believes BTC’s price could plummet even more if it breaks below $60,000.

Not Looking Good?

Although the fourth halving took place less than a week ago, an event typically related to the start of another bull run, many crypto experts, including Arthur Hayes, warned that the largest crypto asset could retrace ahead, during, and shortly after the block reward reduction.

This has indeed been the case so far, as bitcoin dumped hard last week amid the geopolitical issues between Iran and Israel, recovered some ground after the halving but started losing value in the past 24 hours again.

The latest decline drove BTC south by approximately four grand, from almost $67,000 to around $63,000 as of now. Such corrections are usually used by bitcoin critics, such as Peter Schiff, to (perhaps) exaggerate the current market conditions and issue big warnings for HODLers.

In his latest attempt to spread FUD, Schiff said new investors who are not used to the volatile nature of bitcoin, could be “in for a rude awakening.” He also pointed out the $60,000 level as the most important psychological line BTC has to maintain to prevent further declines.

What About Gold?

As mentioned above, Schiff is a well-known gold bug and recently also commented on the yellow metal’s correction. The safe-haven asset went from an all-time high of $2,425/oz to under $2,300 in the span of a few weeks.

However, it managed to bounce off and is currently trading above $2,320. Consequently, Schiff believes the worst for gold is over as he sees $2,300 as the new support level that won’t be broken soon. Moreover, he predicted that the precious metal would go above $2,400 shortly and forecasted another BTC correction.

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Velocity Labs and Ramp Network facilitate fiat to crypto onramp on Polkadot via Asset Hub support

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[PRESS RELEASE – Zug, SWITZERLAND, April 25th, 2024]

Velocity Labs is proud to announce a fiat to crypto onramp using Ramp Network through the integration of Asset Hub. Through it, Ramp will be able to service any parachain in the Polkadot ecosystem.

Onramps from fiat to crypto have historically been one of the biggest pain points with regard to DeFi accessibility. Thanks to the tireless builders who identified this issue early on, and have been working with regulators, credit card issuers and other payment infrastructure providers, the high barriers to crypto entry are about to be a thing of the past.

In November of last year, Velocity Labs began talks with Ramp, the leading onramp infrastructure provider for web3. The objective was simple: maximize Asset Hub’s accessibility, and to get it to its full potential.

Asset Hub is a system parachain considered the “home base” of assets in the Polkadot blockspace ecosystem. It enables the creation, management, and use of assets in the Polkadot network. As a system parachain, it has a trusted relationship with the Polkadot Relay Chain, allowing for porting of DOT from the Relay Chain to Asset Hub. Asset Hub is crucial for the emission of tokens similar to ERC-20 (the Ethereum standard powering DeFi on that chain) and the imminent and future resurgence of DeFi on Polkadot. However, Asset Hub has many constraints, particularly around UX and DevEx. Recognizing the potential of Asset Hub and its importance, Velocity has been working tirelessly to address these limitations.

Ramp is a financial technology company building solutions that connect the crypto economy with today’s global financial infrastructure. Through its core on- and off-ramp products, Ramp provides businesses and individuals across 150+ countries with a streamlined and smooth experience in converting between cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies. Ramp is fully integrated with the world’s major payment methods, including debit and credit cards, bank transfers, Apple Pay, Google Pay, and more.

About Velocity Labs

Velocity Labs is a DeFi and infrastructure development company founded with the objective of transforming the Polkadot blockspace ecosystem into a thriving hub for DeFi innovation. A team formed by Polkadot veterans and DeFi experts, Velocity Labs is committed to building critical market infrastructure and tooling to unlock Polkadot’s full potential.

More information on velocitylabs.org

Velocity Labs actively searching for builders to join us in creating the most efficient and resilient ecosystem for DeFi on Polkadot. If you think this is you, please get in touch with us through this form.

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