Bitcoin’s price drops to 5 months low due to wider tech sell-off and Russia’s crypto crackdown

  •  Bitcoin has dipped below $40k, its lowest level since August 
  •  It comes as the Federal Reserve announced plans to tighten monetary policy 
  •  The Russian central bank announced proposals to ban all crypto trading 

Bitcoin fell below $40,000 after speculators sold cryptocurrencies in the midst of a larger tech selloff and a possible interest rate rise.

In a devastating blow to all those hoping it could be a hedge against inflation, the coin fell from $68,000 at its highest point two months ago.

The rise coincides as inflation in the UK reaches a 30-year high of 5.4 percent. There is also a general expectation of an increase in interest rates by the Bank of England or Federal Reserve. 

Bitcoin has dipped below $40,000, its lowest level since last August as the Federal Reserve tightens monetary policy

Bitcoin fell below $40,000 as the Federal Reserve tightens its monetary policy. 

Bitcoin fell below the critical $40,000 level of support and has now fallen to its lowest level in August. Current trading is at $38,315.

The critical support area of $37,000-$40,000 is frequently regarded as an important level. Should the price fall below it, this could end what was a very short or medium-term bull run.

Interactive Investor’s head of investments Victoria Scholar stated that the notoriously volatile asset had retraced more 75% of its gains. This leaves the possibility for crypto-risk-off sentiment to remain in place.

Ethereum’s value has declined to $3,000 after it reached a peak of $5,000 prior to Christmas.

“The negative news on Wall Street, with the Nasdaq losing nearly 5% this week, is permeating other risk assets such as the crypto-complex. 

“A Fed with a hawkish stance, which seeks to reduce prices, is making inflation hedge assets less attractive. Russia’s central banking also announced plans to ban crypto trading.

Russian central banks announced draft recommendations to prohibit crypto trading and mining. 

These regulations will also ban banks from investing in crypto and prohibit any exchange of crypto currency for traditional currencies.

Russia may place a ban blanket on Bitcoin mining, which could impact its price and hashrate in the near term. 

Simon Peters, analyst with eToro said that he doesn’t think this will prove to be a significant headwind in the long-term.

Cryptographic security metrics include a mining havehrate. 

A network with more computing power, known as hashing or computing, is likely to have greater security and be less vulnerable to attack.

This is based on the amount of blocks that have been mined within the past 24 hours, and current block difficulty.

Russia is responsible only for around 11% of global hashrate. This is in stark comparison to China, which when it banned bitcoin mining in May 2021, the mining operations based there accounted for 60–70 per cent of the global hashrate of the bitcoin network. 

According to the report, “When these China-based miners closed down due to the ban on mining in China,” the hashrate and price dropped dramatically. 

‘But, as those miners set up in other countries/jurisdictions the hashrate rebounded and is now at an all-time high.

“If Russia bans bitcoin mining, we might see a similar pattern but in a much smaller scale.” 

The Russian regulations are more severe than the rest, but they come after many announcements by regulators around the globe about cryptocurrency.

Financial Conduct Authority has announced that they will crack down on advertising in financial services amid growing concerns over high-risk investing and the ease with which it can be done.

It would like to end incentives to invest such as refer-a friend bonuses. Additionally, rules around risk warnings and other incentive to save money will be loosened.