Bitcoin (BTC) sought clues from the Federal Reserve on Dec. 14 as markets waited anxiously for policy news.
BTC / USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView
Higher BTC lows remain safe
The pair had hit a local high of $ 48,785 overnight on Bitstamp but was down 3% at the time of writing, ahead of a major Fed meeting.
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) will begin discussions at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, with expectations centered on interest rates, inflation, and asset leakage.
Most analysts think of a restrictive stance, which could potentially hurt risky asset holders in the short term if the Fed’s approach becomes less liberal.
“Markets are future-oriented. Crypto even more because they are not controlled by anyone. It’s the only free market in the world, “said popular crypto trader Pentoshi in a Twitter discussion on the subject.
Traditional markets were similarly directionless, with the S&P 500 losing 0.22% over the day.
As Cointelegraph reportedAs Bitcoin underperforms in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared to what many have assumed, a consensus is building that 2022 will be the peak of the market cycle for both BTC and altcoins.
“The panic and pessimistic mood towards BTC is extreme at the moment. But this return of -38% is not extreme, ”says trading colleague and analyst Rekt Capital repeated.
“Over the years BTC has retreated 30-40% many times in bull markets. In fact, last May, $ BTC was down -53%. -38% is not extreme.”
Rekt Capital beforehand noticed that a closing price above 42,300 USD is still a higher low formation for BTC / USD.
Fear is everywhere
Sentiment was more downward in the altcoin markets.
Of the top ten cryptocurrencies by market capitalization, all but Solana (SOL) were slightly in the red in the daily timeframe.
Dogecoin (DOGE), fresh from its Tesla ad, was able to secure around half of its 25 percent growth.
“At the moment people are selling their bags easily because they are convinced that a huge drop will happen tonight,” wrote Michaël van de Poppe. by Cointelegraph argued.
Crypto Fear and Greed Index. Source: Alternative.me