Total cryptocurrency market capitalization rose by 5.4% as the U.S. Federal Reserve announced it is raising interest rates by 50 basis points, the sharpest since 2000.
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- The increase creates a target range of between 0.75% and 1% following a 25 basis point increase in March — the first interest rate rise since December 2018.
- March recorded the fastest rising inflation rate in the U.S. with a CPI of 8.5%.
- “Inflation is much too high, and we understand the hardship it is causing. We are moving expeditiously to bring it back down,” said Fed Chair Jerome Powell.
- Zilliqa (ZIL) led the sharp rise in the cryptocurrency market with 38.1%, with all top 100 cryptocurrencies by market cap landing in the green.
- Bitcoin was trading at US$39,670 and ETH was priced US$2,945, at press time.
- The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 2.81% higher, S&P 500 closed up 2.99%, and the Nasdaq Composite by 3.19%.
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