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Crypto markets hit by increased risk-aversion

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Myrsini Giannouli

07 April 2022
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Crypto markets have been following the overall trends of stock markets, experiencing heavy losses as the crisis in Ukraine has turned investors’ interest towards safer assets. This week, reports of renewed Russian attacks against Ukraine have dashed hopes for a diplomatic resolution to the conflict any time soon, putting pressure on risk assets. Diplomatic talks continue, although a de-escalation of the crisis still seems to be some way off, and tensions between Russia and Ukraine intensified. Reports of new western sanctions on Russia are also reducing demand for risk assets, with the Biden administration announcing a new round of sanctions, targeting financial institutions and individuals. 

Last week, the Bitcoin price climbed as high as $48,000 for the first time since the beginning of the year. This week, however, the BTC price retreated, falling almost to $43,000 on Wednesday. If Bitcoin price declines further, it may find support at $37,500 and $36,000, while resistance may be found near $48,200 and further up at the psychological level of $50,000. 

Most major cryptocurrencies have rallied over the past couple of weeks, with Ethereum outperforming Bitcoin recently, as the release of a long-awaited software upgrade in Ethereum seems to be drawing near, boosting its price. Ethereum price also climbed last week, reaching above the $3,400 level resistance, to the $3,500 level. Eth price declined on Wednesday however, falling below $3,200. If the Ethereum's price falls, it may find support near $3,075. In case its price goes further up, it may find resistance near $3,800.

The shift of major central banks towards a more hawkish fiscal policy has also been putting pressure on cryptocurrencies over the past few months. Most major Central Banks are turning towards a tighter policy and a return to pre-pandemic interest rates, driving cryptocurrency prices down. Increasingly hawkish Fed rhetoric in the past couple of weeks is pointing to a steep rate hike of 50 base points at the Fed’s next policy meeting in May, putting pressure on cryptocurrencies. On the other hand, investors are starting to use cryptocurrencies as a hedge against inflation, which could provide a boost to crypto markets, as inflation is expected to peak in the following months.

In addition, most major cryptocurrencies have received a boost over the past month, as demand from Russian and Ukrainian markets increased. Bitcoin volume from Russian markets has increased considerably, as Russian investors aim to escape the plummeting Rouble and Russian sanctions. 

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Written by:
Myrsini Giannouli

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