Bitcoin Skyrockets Past $30K as Investors Embrace Crypto Amid Monetary Shifts
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Bitcoin Skyrockets Past $30K as Investors Embrace Crypto Amid Monetary Shifts

Cryptocurrency Gains Momentum as Fears of Banking Crisis Subside and Market Responds to Looming Policy Changes

Bitcoin has breached the significant $30,000 mark for the first time since June 10, 2022, as investors anticipate a shift in the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary policy and seek safe havens amid geopolitical and economic uncertainties. The cryptocurrency's value peaked at $30,438 and was last trading at $30,262, up 2%. This milestone comes after the banking sector turmoil caused by the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank in March, which has led to expectations that the Federal Reserve will likely pause its aggressive monetary tightening campaign.

Tina Teng, markets analyst at CMC Markets, explained that the broad-based rally in crypto is fueled by traders' optimism towards central banks' monetary policy. With the banking turmoil in early March, bets for a sooner pivot on rate hikes have been significantly strengthened. The bond market also shows a decline in the U.S. 2-Year Treasury note to below 4% from a peak above 5% in early March, indicating a rapid reversal of expectations for future Fed rate hikes.

James Lavish, managing partner at the Bitcoin Opportunity Fund, said that if Bitcoin moves into the mid- to high-30s with conviction, it could force short speculators to cover and buy instead. Some investors are already trying to get positioned ahead of this potential development. This sentiment is shared by Richard Mico, the U.S. CEO and chief legal officer of Banxa, who believes that the market is pricing a slowdown in growth and a loosening of monetary policy by the Federal Reserve over the course of 2023.

Investors are also keeping an eye on the upcoming consumer price index number and the producer price index due out later this week. Bitcoin's year-to-date gains have now exceeded 80%, with Ether also climbing ahead of its planned "Shanghai" tech upgrade. The second-largest cryptocurrency, Ether, stood near last week's eight-month peak of $1,942.50 and was last 0.75% higher at $1,925.80. Crypto investors are eagerly anticipating a major revamp to the Ethereum blockchain this week that is set to allow them to gain access to more than $33 billion of ether currency.

As the banking turmoil subsides, investors are digesting multiple signs of a slowing, yet still strong, economy. Charles Schwab reported average daily outflows down from February, and the bank added $53 billion of core net new client assets in March. This trend is consistent with the broader banking industry, according to Federal Reserve data. For the period ending March 29, deposits increased by $42.3 billion on a non-seasonally adjusted basis.

Additionally, the tech sector experienced a mixed response to recent news. Computer shipments for the first quarter plummeted, but IDC believes this decrease in demand allows companies to restructure their plans and improve their supply chains. Dell and HP saw their stock prices rise, while Apple's stock fell due to the steepest fall in shipments.

The memory chip sector experienced a similar "bad news is good news" situation. Samsung's plan to cut chip production pushed rivals Micron Technology and Western Digital higher by 8.04% and 8.22%, respectively. Analysts believe the tighter supply is a positive development, as the market was flooded with excess chips.

Mico added that there is a narrative shift happening due to the banking crisis, which is fueling Bitcoin's momentum. The largest cryptocurrency is increasingly being seen as a reliable store of value without the issues that come with storing money through a third-party intermediary or a bank. Bitcoin's status as a risk-off asset is being solidified as it proves resilient amidst the recent banking crisis.