These last days of July are turning out to be quite the roller-coaster ride for cryptocurrencies, price-wise. After seeing profits almost consecutively in the recent days, the crypto chart showed losses for most crypto assets on Tuesday, July 26. Bitcoin dipped by over three percent to trade at $22,624 (roughly Rs. 18 lakh) as per Indian exchange CoinSwitch Kuber. Losses of up to 3.60 percent also hit Bitcoin on international exchanges. As per Binance and CoinMarketCap, BTC is currently priced around $21,110 (roughly Rs. 17 lakh).
Ether tailed behind Bitcoin to maintain its recovered prices despite seeing losses. Incurring a dip of over five percent, ETH is currently trading at $1,534 (roughly Rs. 1.22 lakh), the crypto price chart by Gadgets 360 showed.
BTC and ETH have been joined by several other popular cryptocurrencies in being impacted by losses.
Stablecoins such as USD Coin and Binance USD managed to get the greens on the price charts owing to miniscule gains.The overall crypto market dunked by 3.23 percent to sink below the trillion-dollar-mark.
The dip in the crypto market comes in the backdrop of the US government mulling another interest rate hike this week.
Most economists and investors reportedly believe the central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will raise interest rates by 75 basis points, or three quarters of a percentage point. Between today and tomorrow, the FOMC will conduct two meetings in Washington DC to decide on the expected interest rate changes.
“Crypto and global financial markets are poised for increased volatility and turbulence as we have significant macroeconomic events in the week ahead in the form of the FOMC. After hitting a 40 year record high Consumer Price Index (CPI) print of 9.1 percent last month, the FED is expected to implement another 75 bps rate hike to curb inflation which could negatively impact risk-on assets such as crypto. A high interest-rate environment could potentially lead to increased selling pressure and profit booking opportunities for crypto investors who witnessed sizeable rallies in the markets recently,” the research team at CoinDCX told Gadgets 360.
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