Bitcoin, ether tumble after Fed minutes show talk of quicker end to easy policy stance

Major cryptocurrencies plunged Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee’s December meeting showed some officials had extensive discussions of how to more quickly move away from its current easy-monetary stance by hiking rates and shrinking its $8.67 trillion balance sheet.


declined more than $2,500 after the minutes were released at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. That added to the cryptocurrency’s roughly 6% decline over the past 24 hours, recently trading at around $43,466, according to CoinDesk.


declined 7.5% over the past 24 hours, recently trading at around $3,526.

Most major cryptocurrencies have been retreating. Solana

traded 9.3% lower from 24 hours ago at around $153. Terra went down 8.6% to about $77. Polygon

posted a 9.5% loss at around $2.2. Meme coin Dogecoin

lost 7.2%, trading at around $0.16. Another dog-themed token Shiba Inu

traded 8% lower at about $0.00003.

Despite a popular narrative among bitcoin supporters that the cryptocurrency could be used as a hedge against inflation, bitcoin recently has been trading in tandem with stocks and other risky assets.

U.S. stocks finished sharply lower Wednesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average

 declined 392.54 points, or 1.1%, to end at 36,407.11, its worst daily percentage drop since Dec. 20, according to Dow Jones Market Data. The S&P 500 

 fell 92.96 points, or 1.9%, finishing at 4,700.58, its steepest daily percentage fall since Nov. 26. The Nasdaq Composite Index 

522.54 points, lost 3.34%, closing at 15,100.17, its sharpest daily percentage slump since Feb. 25, 2021.

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