🎢 Markets Dive After Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged
The Federal Reserve's projection of two more rate hikes this year has sent crypto markets tumbling. Meanwhile, U.S. federal judge has denied the SEC's request to freeze the assets of Binance.US, marking a significant development in the ongoing regulatory saga. Finally, we examine the implications of the recent Amazon Web Services outage on Ethereum and the broader Web3 ecosystem, highlighting the potential risks of centralized infrastructure.
✍️ In today’s newsletter:
- Bitcoin and Ether slide after 'hawkish pause' from Fed
- US court denies SEC's request to freeze Binance.US assets
- Web3 apps and services hit by AWS outage
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Crypto Markets Drop After Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged
TLDR The Federal Reserve decided to maintain interest rates at a target rate of 5% to 5.25%, marking a pause after a year of rate hikes. The Fed's projections suggest two more rate hikes in 2023, which led to a sharp drop in crypto markets, with BTC down by over 3% and ETH down by 5%.
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Court Asks SEC and Binance.US To Reach Compromise
TLDR A U.S. federal judge has denied the SEC's request to freeze Binance.US's assets, instead instructing the SEC and Binance.US to negotiate operational terms. The judge criticized the SEC's approach to crypto regulation and asked for clarification on the distinction between "crypto assets" and "crypto asset securities."
SO WHAT This lawsuit is significant as it could set a precedent for how regulatory actions against cryptocurrency exchanges are handled in the future.
Ethereum Survives AWS Outage Unscathed But Analysts Warn Of Future Incidents
TLDR Ethereum's reliance on centralized infrastructure like Amazon Web Services (AWS) has come under scrutiny after a three-hour AWS outage in the U.S. While Ethereum continued to operate normally, concerns have been raised about the potential impact of a similar incident in Europe, where many validators for Lido, the top liquid staking provider, could be affected.
SO WHAT If key infrastructure providers like AWS or Infura experience significant outages, it could potentially disrupt Ethereum's operations. This calls for a more decentralized approach to infrastructure to ensure the resilience and stability of the Ethereum network.
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