Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies responded positively to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s move to raise interest rates by 75 basis points on Wednesday — the largest single increase since 1994 — in an effort to curb rising inflation.

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Fast facts

  • Bitcoin gained 10.5% while Ethereum was up 15.5% in the hours after the hike was announced, after taking beatings throughout the week.
  • Bitcoin was changing hands at US$22,529 and Ethereum at US$1,227 at publishing time, according to data from CoinGecko. 
  • Major moves included Cardano’s (ADA) 15% boost to US$0.5328, and Solana (SOL), up nearly 20% to US$34.25, as of publishing time.
  • TRON’s USDD is still trading lower than a dollar, but the network’s native token TRX was up about 15%, trading at US$0.063, as of publishing time.
  • The Fed’s highest rate hike in 28 years comes as U.S. inflation rose to its highest point in 40 years in May.
  • The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) target range is now at 1.5% to 1.75% and the Fed is expected to continue to raise rates to at least 3% by the end of the year.

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