Crypto Markets Skid After Fed Raises Rates

    EverythingIsDown

    For a second there it seemed like everything was going to be alright.

    With many investors concerned about a surprise 0.75% hike in policy interest rates by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the market breathed a sigh of relief when the Fed announced a 0.50% increase in a policy statement on May 4. 

    While the global market cap of crypto assets jumped 5.6% to $1.9T on May 4, those gains were erased the following day. In early morning trading New York time on Friday, the crypto market cap had slipped to $1.8T. BTC has dropped 8.4%in the last seven days, and ETH is down 6.7%, according to CoinGecko. And every other smart contract platform in the top ten by market cap has fallen at least 4%.

    Hype Coins Rekt

    As of Thursday, ApeCoin, the red hot token of Yuga Labs’ ecosystem leading up to the associated Otherdeeds sale, was the second-worst performer in the last 24 hours. STEPN, of the recent “Move2Earn” phenomena, has bled the most among the top 100 coins, shedding 17.3%.

    “Reversing from yesterday’s euphoria, people seem to better understand that while a 75bps hike is off the table for next month, the Fed will keep hiking until something breaks.”

    Tyler Reynolds

    Angel investor and crypto advisor Tyler Reynolds thinks more sophisticated players were quick to take advantage of the previous day’s upward price action. “The smart money saw yesterday’s pump for the dead cat bounce that it was and have moved quickly to sell off illiquid positions while the liquidity to exit is there,” Reynolds told The Defiant. 

    “Reversing from yesterday’s euphoria, people seem to better understand that while a 75bps hike is off the table for next month, the Fed will keep hiking until something breaks,” the angel investor said. “You don’t want to be in this market when that breaking happens.”

    The crypto market isn’t the only one doing badly — the Nasdaq is down 3.42% on the day. Crypto and equities have tended to be highly correlated in recent months.

    Total Crypto Market Cap and Nasdaq (Orange) YTD

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