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Bitcoin Slips to $61,974 Amid Regulatory Woes

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Quick Look:

  • Bitcoin dipped to $61,974.9, down 0.9%, amid market fluctuations driven by regulatory and economic updates.
  • The Fed’s monetary stance and upcoming US CPI data are crucial in shaping crypto market sentiments.
  • Increased US crypto regulations and geopolitical tensions are affecting altcoins, underscoring the interconnectedness of global markets.

Today, Bitcoin’s trading price is $61,974.9, a slight decrease of 0.9% over the past 24 hours. Despite a recent high of $73,700 on March 13, 2024, the cryptocurrency has mostly fluctuated between $60,000 and $70,000 over the last two months. This volatility reflects a market tempered by regulatory news, economic indicators, and global financial policies.

Fed’s Policy Impact on Bitcoin’s Future Uncertain

The Federal Reserve’s recent assertion that monetary policy is sufficiently restrictive. Besides, a lack of confidence in inflation is retreating towards the 2% target. It has left the market pondering the implications for digital assets. Jerome Powell, Chair of the Federal Reserve, stated that the current monetary policy was restrictive. He expressed little confidence that inflation is returning to its 2% annual target. This stance suggests that further rate hikes are unlikely in the short term, which could affect investor sentiment towards riskier assets like cryptocurrencies.

Adding to the economic narrative, US Consumer Price Index (CPI) data is anticipated this Wednesday, following a hotter-than-expected previous reading. This data is critical as it provides insight into inflation trends and could influence future Federal Reserve actions.

$40M Outflows in Hong Kong Shake Crypto Markets

This week also saw significant activity in the Hong Kong cryptocurrency market.  The $40 million in outflows from crypto ETFs was driven by increased US trade tariffs on Beijing and mixed economic signals from China. These geopolitical movements underscore the interconnected nature of global markets and cryptocurrencies.

In the US, heightened threat levels of crypto regulation keep traders on edge, promoting a risk-averse approach amidst fears of stringent rules that could stifle market innovation and investment flows.

Altcoins Drop: Ethereum Down 1%, Solana 3%

Not just Bitcoin but altcoins have also experienced declines, with Ethereum down by 1%, Solana by 3%, and XRP by 1.2%. Meme tokens like Dogecoin and Shiba Inu have declined by 3%, indicating a broader market cautiousness.

Crypto market inflows have significantly waned after an initial influx of more than $13.9 billion in the first week of the year, pointing to a shift in investor confidence and market dynamics.

Mike Novogratz, a well-known figure in the cryptocurrency community, suggests that Bitcoin, Ethereum, and everything else, Solana, will consolidate. He remains optimistic about the market’s recovery capacity, stating that crypto markets are in a consolidation phase and prices will bounce higher toward the end of the quarter.

Bitcoin & Galaxy Digital Reports $421.7M Q1 Net Income

The forecast for Bitcoin over the next month ranges between $55,000 and $75,000. This reflects ongoing uncertainty and the potential for bullish or bearish scenarios depending on upcoming data and regulatory developments.

Meanwhile, Galaxy Digital reported a robust first quarter in 2024, with a net income of $421.7 million, a 40% increase from the previous quarter. Their revenue was primarily driven by mining operations and management fees, showcasing the diverse ways firms within the ecosystem capitalise on the current market.

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