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Bitcoin on edge as the fed is keeping rates high

Bitcoin’s price tumbled to around $57,000 on Thursday, marking a two-month low after the U.S. Federal Reserve’s June meeting minutes suggested that the central bank is not yet ready to lower interest rates. This development sent ripples through the cryptocurrency market, impacting both Bitcoin and its rival, Ether.

Current Market Conditions

As of 2:30 p.m. London time, Bitcoin had fallen by approximately 5% in 24 hours to $56,837, according to CoinGecko. This drop brought Bitcoin below the $57,000 mark for the first time since May 1. By 5:05 p.m., Bitcoin had slightly recovered to $57,932.57, down 3.4%. Ether also experienced a downturn, falling 5% to $3,120.

The Federal Reserve’s Impact

The Federal Reserve’s minutes from its June meeting revealed that officials are hesitant to reduce interest rates until inflation shows consistent movement toward the central bank’s 2% target. Higher interest rates typically curb investor appetite for riskier assets, including cryptocurrencies, which partially explains the recent dip in Bitcoin’s value.

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Bitcoin’s Recent Performance

Bitcoin had surged to an all-time high of over $73,700 in March following the SEC’s approval of the first U.S. spot Bitcoin ETF. ETFs have facilitated easier access for institutional investors, thereby legitimizing Bitcoin as an asset class. Since that peak, Bitcoin has been fluctuating between $59,000 and $72,000.

Market Pressures

Bitcoin has faced additional pressure from the anticipated distribution of approximately $9 billion worth of coins from the collapsed exchange Mt. Gox to its users. This large influx of Bitcoin into the market is expected to lead to significant selling, further influencing the cryptocurrency’s price.

Recent Transactions and Government Sales

On Thursday, a small amount of Bitcoin was moved from three wallets previously linked to Mt. Gox, with the largest movement being just $24 worth of Bitcoin. It remains unclear if this is connected to the Mt. Gox repayment plan.

In another development, the German government sold around 3,000 bitcoins, valued at approximately $175 million, which were seized in connection with the Movie2k piracy operation. These assets were transferred to exchanges Kraken, Bitstamp, and Coinbase, as well as an unidentified wallet, potentially indicating a deposit for institutional services or over-the-counter trading.

Future Prospects for Bitcoin

Despite the current dip, analysts at CCData maintain a bullish outlook for Bitcoin, suggesting it hasn’t reached the peak of its current appreciation cycle. Historical data indicates that Bitcoin’s “halving” events, which reduce the supply of new bitcoins, are typically followed by a period of price expansion lasting 12 to 18 months.

Optimism Amidst Uncertainty

Tom Lee, co-founder and head of research at Fundstrat Global Advisors, remains optimistic. He predicts Bitcoin could still reach $150,000, despite the looming disbursement from Mt. Gox. Lee believes that the resolution of one of Bitcoin’s biggest overhangs could trigger a sharp rebound in the latter half of the year.

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