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Bitcoin falls below $70K as FOMC ‘refuses to hike’ interest rates

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Will the FOMC’s decision to hold rates trigger a market turmoil, leading to a downturn?

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  • The FOMC’s rate decision draws criticism; Peter Schiff and David Solomon predict ‘no cuts’ soon.
  • The crypto market faces a downturn — resilience is observed, with a focus on long-term strategies.

Amidst concerns about the rising inflation in the U.S., the Federal Reserve has decided to hold interest rates steady.

Minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting revealed policymakers’ apprehension about easing rates.

The minutes pointed to the fact that despite some progress, inflation has remained above the FOMC’s 2% target, with many consumer sentiment surveys showing growing worries about future inflation.

FOMC’s decision receives criticism 

Criticizing the decision, Peter Schiff, CEO and Chief Global Strategist of Euro Pacific Capital, in an X (formerly Twitter) post, noted, 

Schiff on Fed

Source: Peter Schiff/X

Joining a similar train of thought, David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., stated at a Boston College event that he currently predicted “zero” rate cuts. He said, 

“I still don’t see the data that’s compelling to see we’re going to cut rates here.”

Negative impact on the crypto market 

Needless to say, experts began questioning the effects of the FOMC’s decision on the overall market conditions.

The impact was notably negative, as evidenced by its direct effect on leading cryptocurrencies.

On the 22nd of May, Bitcoin [BTC] dropped below the $70K mark, and Ethereum [ETH], which had recently surged from $3,064 to $3,790, turned red as well.

In fact, at the time of writing, most top coins showed red bars on the daily charts.

Positive sentiments persist 

Despite the crypto market bleeding, @cryptosanthoshK, a Crypto & DeFi Analyst, noted, 

Crypto King on BTC

Source: Crypto King/X

Ali Martinez, the technical and on-chain analyst, echoed a similar sentiment and said, 

Ali Charts BTC analysis

Source: Ali/X

 Glassnode’s Bitcoin liveliness metric further confirmed this, by showing a rise in coinday creation versus destruction, indicating a shift towards long-term holding over profit-taking.

Glassnode's BTC analysis

Source: Glassnode

Expecting ETH to experience a significant price increase due to the anticipation of an exchange-traded fund (ETF) approval, Satoshi Flipper, an investor/trader added, 

“$ETH will deliver an epic ETF pump this week. Market prices can’t stay irrational forever.” 

Stock market declined 

Despite the prevailing positive sentiment surrounding cryptocurrencies, attention should also be paid to the performance of the stock market, which experienced a decline on the 22nd of May.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped by 201.95 points, or 0.51%, closing at 39,671.04, marking its worst session of the month.

Similarly, the S&P 500 fell by 0.27% to reach 5,307.01, while the Nasdaq Composite, focusing on tech stocks, recorded a loss of 0.18%, ending at 16,801.54. 


Ishika is a graduate of Political Science from the University of Delhi. From writing content as a hobby to now pursuing it as a professional career, she has been living and breathing content all her life. Her interests lie in making sure articles are very digestible to a common reader, despite all its technicalities and jargons.
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