• Major cryptoassets remain flat following the release of last month’s FOMC minutes
  • Betting markets have priced about a 93% chance of a 75 basis point hike and an about 7% chance of a 50 basis point hike this month

Major equities and cryptoassets stayed mostly flat Wednesday — despite the Federal Reserve indicating additional rate rises are likely on the horizon.

Bitcoin traded in a relatively narrow band after dropping to around $19,800 overnight. Both BTC and ether chugged higher throughout the US stock-trading day, but both ended in the red Wednesday with bitcoin down by 1.44% at the close of stock-trading. Ether dipped .7% to $1,150 over the same period. 

The day started with cryptocurrency company Voyager filing for bankruptcy. An estimated $1 billion to $10 billion worth of cryptocurrencies is now stuck in limbo. The move came just a few days after the crypto lender suspended trading and withdrawals. Digital assets-focused hedge fund firm Three Arrows Capital (3AC) — which owes Voyager $650 million — previously filed for Chapter 15. 

Traders had been closely watching for today’s minutes from the Fed’s June 14-15 meeting. As futures markets have largely priced in, policymakers agreed that rates may need to increase by either 50 or 75 basis points this month. 

“Many participants judged that a significant risk now facing the committee was that elevated inflation could become entrenched if the public began to question the resolve of the committee to adjust the stance of policy as warranted,” the minutes said. 

Betting markets have priced about a 93% chance of a 75 basis point hike and about a 7% chance of a 50 basis point rise this month, according to CME Group data

Major US stock markets were unmoved: The Dow Jones was up 0.23% by close while the S&P 500 was up 0.36%. The Nasdaq increased 0.35%. 

Tuesday marked the long-awaited drop in the cost of crude oil. The ICE Brent Crude futures contract for September delivery fell 2.31% to $100.40. Jeffrey Halley, senior market analyst at OANDA, wrote in a note Wednesday the price action overnight “hints more at panic and forced liquidation, than a structural change in the tight supply/demand situation globally.”

It’s worth noting some of the decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms that provide crypto lending and borrowing services have weathered the turbulence well. Aave was up 2.93%, while Maker has seen a 4.52% increase in the past 24 hours.

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CoinShares Gets Regulatory Nod To Acquire Napoleon Asset Management

  • CoinShares said Monday it had wrapped up its acquisition of EU-regulated crypto company Napoleon Asset Management, furthering its ambitions to market its products and services across the region. 
  • The deal has been in the consultation process since CoinShares entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire the entirety of Napoleon and its subsidiaries for $14.5 million last November.
  • “After the recent events in the digital asset sector, it has never been more clear that strong regulation is needed for crypto to thrive,” CoinShares’ CEO Jean-Marie Mognetti said in the statement, referencing recent market turmoil spurred on by crypto lender bankruptcy filings and sector-related layoffs.

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    Jocelyn is a New York-based reporter. Prior to joining Blockworks, she covered wealth management for Financial Times’ B2B publication Financial Advisor IQ and wrote about the crypto markets for Forkast.News. Jocelyn holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Emerson College. Born and raised in Beijing, China, she is native in Mandarin. You can reach out to Jocelyn at [email protected]