Cryptocurrency prices plummeted last week as risk appetite fell, putting pressure on riskier assets. On Monday, cryptocurrency prices were volatile as markets were unstable ahead of Wednesday’s Fed meeting. Risk sentiment remains uncertain, affecting stock markets and crypto markets alike.
Bitcoin traded below the key $20,000 level on Monday, dropping below $18,500 before paring some of its losses later in the day and climbing back to $19,500. If BTC declines further, support can be found at the $19,200 level, while resistance may be encountered near $20,500.
Ethereum price dropped below $1,300 early on Monday but rebounded and climbed back above $1,350. If Ethereum's price declines, it may encounter support at the psychological level of $1,000. If Ethereum's price increases, resistance may be encountered near $1,640.
The long-anticipated Merge was completed on Thursday, but the Ethereum price crashed by more than 15% after the merge. Ethereum price had been boosted in anticipation of the so-called ‘merge’ for months. The hype created around the merger had created a bullish sentiment for the cryptocurrency, which deflated following its completion triggering a selloff.
The Merge from the Proof-of-Work to the Proof-of-Stake method is a significant network upgrade that is expected to lead to an increase in demand for Ethereum. It is also a more environmentally-friendly consensus model, limiting drastically the energy consumption and carbon footprint of Ethereum.
Steep rate hikes increase global recession concerns, putting pressure on risk assets. This week, all eyes are going to be on the much-anticipated Fed monetary policy meeting on the 21st as Fed is set for another steep rate hike. The Fed is expected to perform a steep rate hike, with market odds in favor of a 75-bp increase in interest rates, while recently traders have started betting on a 100-bp rate hike. A raise in the US Central Bank’s interest rates have already been priced in by markets, though, and may have muted impact on cryptocurrency prices. Cryptocurrencies may even go up in case the Fed’s tone in the Statement and Press Conference following the policy meeting is more dovish than expected. A more aggressive rate hike and a more hawkish Statement though, are likely to set cryptocurrencies tumbling.
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