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BTC and Altcoins Plummet after Fed Halts Key Interest Rate Hikes

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Bitcoin took a sharp turn south shortly after the US Fed’s announcement about pausing interest rate hikes, dropping to a multi-month low. Most altcoins also slumped, with ETH, XRP, ADA, DOT, LTC, AVAX, and many others dumping by 5-7%.

BTC Slumps Below $25K

Last week wasn’t great for BTC, despite recovering on Tuesday following lawsuits from the SEC against Binance and Coinbase. As the weekend approached, bitcoin dumped again from $27,000 to under $26,000.

The weekend itself was somewhat more positive as BTC stood at around $26,000. The first few days of the new week were similar, with the cryptocurrency trading at that level.

Then came the US FOMC meeting, in which Fed Chair Jerome Powell was expected to halt the monetary policy of increasing key interest rates. Powell did halt the policy, but surprisingly, it had a negative effect on BTC’s price. After remaining relatively still for the first few hours, BTC nosedived to under $25,000 for the first time since mid-March. Despite trying to bounce off shortly after, the asset still trades below that level. Its market cap has plunged to $485 billion, while its dominance over the alts stands quietly at 47.5%.

BTCUSD. Source: TradingView

Alts Dump Hard

Alternative coins followed BTC on the way south. Ethereum was among the poorest performers from the larger-cap alts, having dumped by over 6%. As a result, ETH is down to a multi-month low of its own at under $1,650. Ripple, Cardano, Litecoin, Polkadot, Polygon, and Avalanche have all dumped by similar percentages. Binance Coin, Dogecoin, Tron, Solana, and Shiba Inu are also in the red, albeit in a less painful manner. The mid- and lower-cap alts have suffered as well. Some of the most notable daily drops come from the likes of Lido DAO, Arbitrum HBAR, XLM, and TONCOIN.

Overall, the total crypto market cap has declined by $40 billion and is close to breaking below the coveted $1 trillion mark.

Cryptocurrency Market Overview. Source: Quantify Crypto

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