Bitcoin rallies above $49K following Fed FOMC announcement of rate hikes in 2022

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Bitcoin (BTC) climbed by over $2,000 on Dec. 15 as markets shortly reacted to information that the US Federal Reserve would increase rates of interest and curtail its bond-buying program beginning in 2022.

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Supply: TradingView

“Type of what we had been pondering”

Information from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView confirmed BTC/USD hitting $49,310 on Bitstamp, its highest since Dec. 12,  when the worth briefly popped above the $50,000 mark.

The momentum got here after the Fed hinted that it might increase its benchmark fee thrice subsequent yr, surpassing investor expectations. It will additionally enhance the tempo of its asset buying taper, the central financial institution stated.

Issues beforehand targeted on such plans having a adverse influence on each conventional and crypto markets, because of drying up of the “simple” availability of liquidity. Within the occasion, nonetheless, it appeared that the data lay uncertainty over the coverage to relaxation.

“From an fairness perspective, now they simply should concentrate on earnings, margins and development,” CNBC quoted Jim Caron, a senior portfolio supervisor and chief strategist on the worldwide fastened Earnings workforce at Morgan Stanley Funding Administration as saying.

“It’s form of a sigh of reduction to the equities market who thought it could be way more aggressive. It’s form of what we had been pondering anyway.”

With that, the S&P 500 added modest good points, whereas altcoins joined Bitcoin in inching up just below 5%. On the time of writing, BTC/USD was consolidating at round $49,000. 

Fashionable analysts remained cautious. Whereas Cointelegraph contributor Michaël van de Poppe maintained that the BTC backside was hit on Dec. 4, William Clemente opted to carry off on advising a market entry at present costs.

“My intestine has been telling me to purchase BTC, however sticking to my plan to be a purchaser at $53K affirmation. Should comply with plan,” he told Twitter followers.

An exit from the most recent range for December would be marked by $53,000, which would also return Bitcoin to a $1 trillion market cap valuation.

Ethereum tops $4,000

Major cap altcoins continued to be led by Solana (SOL), which capitalized on earlier good points to ship 14% day by day development on the time of writing.

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ETH/BTC 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Supply: TradingView

Towards Bitcoin, ETH returned above the 0.08 BTC mark after hitting native lows of 0.078 earlier within the day.