Why Bitcoin Is Falling Today

By April 22, 2022Bitcoin Business
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's comments yesterday sent the price of Bitcoin tumbling today.

What happened

Over the last 24 hours, the price of Bitcoin ( BTC -2.45% ), the world's largest cryptocurrency, fell roughly 4.5% as of 2:02 p.m. ET after comments made yesterday by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell seemed to put the broader market on edge. The price of Bitcoin hovered around $39,335 as of this writing.

So what

The markets are currently trying to gauge whether the Fed's planned hikes to its benchmark overnight lending rate, the federal funds rate, and the planned reduction of its balance sheet later this year will tip the economy into a recession.

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Yesterday, Powell emphasized that the Fed needs to move quickly to rein in surging inflation. Powell also said that the chance of a half-point rate hike, which is more aggressive than usual, "will be on the table for the May meeting." Following these statements, the market's expectations for a half-point hike rose.

Many believe that Bitcoin could be a hedge for inflation, but so far the cryptocurrency has struggled similarly to tech stocks and has seen its price come down over the last six months.

Now what

As it has in the past, the price of Bitcoin is being impacted by the Fed's actions. Even if Bitcoin was a proven hedge for inflation, it still might be struggling because of the intensity of current inflation. When inflation rises too quickly, even stocks that are known for hedging inflation can struggle.

Still, as cryptocurrencies grow in popularity every day and get more integrated into the traditional financial system, I believe Bitcoin is a good long-term hold.

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