Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have taken a turn for the worse in recent months as economic storm clouds gather—even as bitcoin price bulls continue to make bold predictions.
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The bitcoin price, after jumping at the beginning of the week, has gone into reverse, losing ground as the crypto market braced for a $ 9 trillion Federal Reserve earthquake. Smaller cryptocurrencies have fared even worse with top ten coins ethereum, BNB, XRP, solana and cardano all dropping more than 5%.
Now, JPMorgan chief executive Jamie Dimon, an outspoken bitcoin and crypto critic, has warned investors need to brace themselves for an economic “hurricane” —predicting market volatility as the Fed implements its policy of “quantitative tightening.”
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“You better brace yourself,” Dimon said at a financial services conference organized by Autonomous Research on Wednesday. “JPMorgan is bracing ourselves and we’re going to be very conservative with our balance sheet.”
This week, the Federal Reserve began the process of reducing its huge $ 9 trillion balance sheet that’s ballooned through the pandemic era. The so-called quantitative tightening comes as the Fed is also hiking interest rates to drive down soaring inflation.
“[The Fed doesn’t] “They have to remove some of the liquidity to stop the speculation, to reduce home prices and stuff like that. And you’ve never been through quantitative tightening.”
Stock markets have fallen sharply this year, measuring on riskier assets like bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, as investors come to terms with the Fed’s hawkish stance, the war in Ukraine and Covid distruptuions in China.
“I said they’re storm clouds, they’re big storm clouds here,” said Dimon. “It’s a hurricane [and] That hurricane is right out there down the road coming our way. We just don’t know if it’s a minor one or Superstorm Sandy. “
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“Bitcoin fell sharply in the US session on Wednesday, along with stock indices, following a strong ISM Manufacturing PMI release,” Alex Kuptsikevich, FxPro senior market analyst, wrote in emailed comments. “The data raised expectations of the Fed monetary policy tightening. “
“Crypto’s trajectory in May has been shaky to say the least following the luna collapse, coupled with general turmoil in the financial markets,” Sam Kopelman, the UK manager of bitcoin and crypto exchange Luno, wrote in emailed comments. “The steep decline rocked investors’confidence but there’s reason for cautious optimism, with the market closing the month strongly, with hopes that this momentum will roll over into June. “