There continues to be extra volatility in the crypto markets, and experts predict the ups and downs to continue as investors wrestle with continued surging inflation, geopolitical tensions, and changes in U.S. monetary policy.
Cryptocurrency’s wider adoption and its recent alignment with the stock market make it even more linked with macroeconomic factors. The Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates sent the stock and crypto markets into a downward spiral that persisted throughout the weekend and Monday.
Bitcoin and ethereum are down over 20% over the last week. Bitcoin dropped below $30,000 Monday evening — its lowest level since July 2021. Ethereum has followed bitcoin’s lead, with its price trading near $2,200 Monday.
“Bitcoin is breaking below some key technical levels as the never-ending selloff on Wall Street continues. The institutional investor is paying close attention to bitcoin as many who got in last year are now losing money on their investment,” Edward Moya, senior market analyst at foreign-exchange brokerage Oanda, wrote in a market analysis. “If the USD 30,000 level breaks, that could trigger a flash crash environment if several whales unload. ”