The crypto market gained along with traditional markets overnight in Asia as investors responded to updated guidance on Thursday from U.S. Federal Reserve officials claiming recessionary concerns are overblown.

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Fast facts

  • Bitcoin gained 8% to trade above US$22,000 in the past 24 hours leading to press time for the first time since June 16, as the crypto market capitalization surpassed US$1 trillion, according to CoinGecko data.
  • Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 Index closed trading yesterday up more than 1% and the Nasdaq Composite Index closed 2.3% higher, ending four consecutive days of gains — the longest streak since March.
  • Fed Board of Governors member Christopher Waller backed another 75-basis point interest rate hike this month and a 50-basis point rise next month to combat inflation, in his address to the National Association for Business Economics on Thursday.
  • St. Louis Fed President James Bullard echoed Waller’s sentiments, but both officials downplayed recessionary fears, with Bullard saying there was a “good chance” of a soft economic landing.
  • Crypto and traditional markets have been hit in recent months with concerns of rising inflation, looming recession, uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine, and a growing list of crypto firms lining up for bankruptcy. 

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