Good morning. Here’s what’s happening this morning:
Market moves: Bitcoin jumps above $49,000 after U.S. Fed’s decision to accelerate stimulus withdrawal.
Technician’s take: Bitcoin’s price momentum is stabilizing after several weeks of low trading volume.
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Bitcoin (BTC): $48,843 +1.3%
Ether (ETH): $4,014 +4.5%
Dow Jones Industrial Average: $35,927 +1.1%
Following the news, crypto and traditional markets turned higher as the central bank’s decision diminished investor uncertainty. The Fed bankers signaled they are ready to raise the short-term interest rate at least three times next year to battle the current high inflation.
The whole crypto market was watching the Fed decision closely because many believe tightened monetary policy is typically considered bearish for risk assets, crypto included. Prices for bitcoin and other crypto fell sharply in recent weeks because investors were worried about the Fed’s anticipated hawkish policy adjustment. The price rise after Wednesday’s news showed “a relief rally,” as CoinDesk reported.
Bitcoin’s trading volume across major centralized exchanges was slightly higher on Wednesday compared with a day ago. Prices for other major cryptocurrencies also rose. Ether went above $4,000 after it slipped below $3,700 earlier this week.
The relative strength index (RSI) on the daily chart is the most oversold since May 20, which preceded a strong price recovery. Momentum is also stabilizing after several weeks of low trading volume.
On the weekly chart, price conditions are less favorable as the uptrend appears to be slowing. For now, this suggests short-term buyers could struggle beyond $50,000-$55,000.
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Fed Speeds Up Stimulus Withdrawal, and Bitcoin Jumps: The Fed will reduce its bond purchases by $30 billion every month to wind them down early next year, doubling from the current pace of withdrawal of $15 billion every month. Some crypto investors say the $120 billion-a-month program helped to bolster bitcoin’s appeal as an inflation hedge.
“Today [Chris Dixon] and I shared with the a16z crypto team that I will be launching my own fund focused on crypto and Web 3 early next year … The current crypto fund will be my last at the firm. When Chris and I started our first crypto fund in 2018, it was a moonshot experiment. Thanks to the hard work of many, it has exceeded both of our wildest expectations. Today it’s more apparent than ever that [Web 3] will transform the internet.“ (Katie Hahn, a16z partner)… “What’s right is right … Good on the SEC for permitting futures-based [exchange traded products]. But there is no rational basis for disallowing a spot-based ETP while allowing a futures-based ETP – both are reliant on Bitcoin’s underlying price. (Paul Grewal, Coinbase chief legal officer)… ”Tesla will make some merch buyable with Doge & see how it goes.” (Elon Musk)
Damanick is a crypto market analyst at CoinDesk where he writes the daily Market Wrap and provides technical analysis. He is a Chartered Market Technician designation holder and member of the CMT Association. Damanick is also a portfolio manager at Cannon Advisors, which does not invest in digital assets. Damanick does not own cryptocurrencies.