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    Bitcoin Takes Hit after Powell Says U.S. Central Bank May Well Keep Raising Interest Rates

    The price of Bitcoin fell again on Monday, nearing $20,000, after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell signalled that the U.S. central bank may well continue to raise interest rates  in the coming months. At the time of writing (11.00 UTC), bitcoin is trading at roughly $20,382,40. The total crypto market cap fell below $1 trillion after staying above it for over a month.

    Ethereum, the second biggest digital asset followed suit, trading at around $1,584,82 at this time of writing.

    The US Fed has been raising interest rates multiple times this year in order curb inflation, which currently is at a four-decade high.

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City hosted dozens of central bankers, policymakers, academics and economists at its annual economic policy symposium in Jackson Hole, held to reassess the constraints on the economy and policy. 

    Powell, who spoke there on Thursday, said he would keep his remarks short and his focus narrower, “There will very likely be some softening of labor market conditions. While higher interest rates, slower growth, and softer labor market conditions will bring down inflation, they will also bring some pain to households and businesses. These are the unfortunate costs of reducing inflation. But a failure to restore price stability would mean far greater pain.”

    The  reacted sharply to the announcement, but the impact was more pronounced in the crypto market. Solana and Avalanche, other major cryptocurrencies, were also down 13 and 20 per cent in the last seven days.

    The market dominance of Bitcoin has however stayed rather constant. It continues to hold over 39 percent share in the total crypto market, while Ethereum holds nearly 19 percent of the total market share.


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