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Assessing the Impact of Powell’s Remarks on the Bitcoin Market

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In his recent television appearance on Monday, Federal Reserve Chair Powell shared some worrisome thoughts about the trajectory of U.S. government debt.

Powell expressed concern about the unsustainable nature of the current path, highlighting that the debt is growing faster than the economy.

He emphasized that there’s some risk investors might lose confidence in the government’s ability to repay its debts, which could prompt them to seek alternative assets as a hedge.

Powell remark on the crypto market

Powell suggested that in such a scenario, Bitcoin could emerge as a primary choice for investors seeking a hedge against currency devaluation.

However, it’s important to recognize that in the cryptocurrency market, the prevailing strategy seems to be buying during market dips.

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Despite recent attempts to sell off following a period of stability, there has been a notable increase in buying activity. This is evidenced by a 1.8% increase in market capitalization over the past seven days, bringing it to $1.65 trillion. Despite fluctuations, Bitcoin has maintained its position near the $43,000 mark.

At the start of the week, we witnessed an initial attempt to sell off as prices dipped amidst weaknesses in the Chinese markets. However, prices swiftly rebounded twice from their lows, stabilizing around $42,200. This rebound highlighted robust support levels that mitigated downward pressure, swiftly bringing prices back to the familiar $43,000 range, which has been the average exchange rate since early December.

Close by sits the 50-day moving average, suggesting ongoing indecision in the market regarding the currency’s primary direction. This observation coincides with a period where the dollar index and stocks experienced simultaneous upticks, signaling a decrease in risk appetite among investors.

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Unique catalysts within the cryptocurrency realm, like the potential introduction of Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), have played significant roles in driving price fluctuations. Consequently, investors are awaiting clear signals before committing to a direction.

Following Powell’s recent statements, I anticipate a potential easing of selling pressure on Bitcoin, given the overall economic backdrop favoring growth in the world’s largest cryptocurrency. However, technical factors supporting Bitcoin’s decline seem to be waning in both the short and medium terms.

Consequently, Ethereum’s price could see an uptick, potentially reaching $3,500-$4,000 within the next three to six months. Factors such as the impending network upgrade and the potential introduction of ETFs on the second-largest cryptocurrency could further buoy prices in the short to medium term.

It’s noteworthy that the troubled cryptocurrency platform “Celsius” has commenced repaying $3 billion in debts to creditors this week under an approved restructuring plan. This development is expected to bolster confidence and credibility in the cryptocurrency market over the medium term.

While all signs point to Bitcoin’s upward trajectory, I believe this ascent might not materialize until the anticipated fork event in March unfolds.

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