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 USA Federal Reserve would elevate rates of interest and curtail its bond-buying program beginning in 2022.

Bitcoin rallies above $49K following Fed FOMC announcement of rate hikes in 2022
BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Supply: TradingView

“Form of what we have 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 may elevate its benchmark price 3 times subsequent yr, surpassing investor expectations. It could additionally enhance the tempo of its asset buying taper, the central financial institution mentioned.

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

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

“It’s sort of a sigh of reduction to the equities market who thought it is likely to be far more aggressive. It’s sort of what we have been pondering anyway.”

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

Common 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 positive factors to ship 14% every day development on the time of writing.

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