Bears remain in full control of the cryptocurrency market on Jan. 24 and to the shock of many, they managed to pound the price of Bitcoin (BTC) to a multi-month low at $32,967 during early trading hours. This downside move filled a CME futures gap that was left over from July 2021.
Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that the $36,000 level was overwhelmed in the early trading hours on Monday, leading to a sell-off that dipped below $33,000 before dip buyers arrived to bid the price back above $35,500.
BTC/USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView
Here’s a look at what several analysts are saying about the macro factors at play in the global financial markets and what to be on the lookout for in the months ahead.
“Rate hikes don’t kill risk assets”
For several weeks the dominant conversation in U.S. financial markets has been the prospect of up to four interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve over the course of 2022, which many people have claimed will put an end to the current bull market.
But according to financial analyst and pseudonymous Twitter user Tascha, this is a common misconception because “rate hikes don’t kill risk assets.”
“Reversal of quantitative easing does. Check what happened to stocks 2015 and 2018 when Fed turned off the tap.”
Further insight into Tascha’s tweet was provided in the following reply from pseudonymous Twitter user RK Maruvada.
Is it time to think about a bottom?
A bit of hope for the crypto faithful was provided by technical analyst and Bollinger Bands creator John Bollinger, who posted the following tweet suggesting that “it’s time to start thinking about a bottom in cryptos.”
It’s time to start thinking about a bottom in cryptos. However the ability to get outside the lower Bollinger Band repeatedly strongly suggests a retest of some sort will be needed. My plan is wait for a bottom and a bounce, then look for a retest as an entry. $btc, $eth, $ltc…
— John Bollinger (@bbands) January 24, 2022
While the well-known analyst thinks that the market may be in the general area of a bottom, caution is still warranted and a bounce…