Blow to Bitcoin as Key US Yield Hits Feb 2020 High Ahead of FOMC Meeting

Key Bitcoin Takeaways

  • Bitcoin sell-off accelerated ahead of the US session as US 10-year Treasury yields hit a fresh 13-month peak.
  • The cryptocurrency’s latest decline appeared ahead of the Federal Open Market Committee’s two-day policy meeting conclusion.
  • Economists believe that the Fed Chairman Jerome Powell would maintain easy-money policies while ignoring intervention in the rising long-dated Treasury yields.

Bitcoin extended its weekly decline on Wednesday as traders’ focus shifted to rising long-dated US government debt yields.

The benchmark cryptocurrency dropped 3.52 percent into the session, hitting 54,992 around London noon. Traders flocked out of the Bitcoin market as Cardano, one of its crypto rivals, offered better intraday prospects. Their sell-off also accelerated as the yield on the US 10-year Treasury note rose to its highest level since February 2020, gaining 0.04 percentage points to 1.67 percent in early Wall Street trading.

Fed Meet

At the core of rising bond yields were expectations that the Federal Reserve would avoid extending its ongoing asset purchasing program below to Bitcoin as Key US Yield Hits Feb 2020 High Ahead of FOMC Meeting to longer-dated government debts. The US central bank officials will conclude its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday, after which its chairman Jerome Powell will take questions at a post-meeting news conference.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) would hold its overnight rates near zero until the US economy secures maximum employment and sustained inflation above 2 percent.

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