Dovish Fed Minutes Sees Cryptocurrency Market Lose $11 Billion in 5 Hours

Federal Reserve released the minutes of its December meeting which revealed that they would follow a wait-and-watch approach towards their interest rate hike plans. The US central bank suggested in December moderate rate hikes (up to 2.8 percent) but preferred to implement them only if warranted. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) confirmed that their rates were close to the range of its long-term neutral interest rate – implying a pause in their hikes.The Forex market is now following a remedial course. The EUR/USD corrected lower towards 1.1500 from overbought levels while the GBP/USD also edged down at 1.275 from its morning opening rate. Poor Asian data hampered the Japanese Yen from benefitting from the dovish Fed minutes. The USD/JPY rate this Thursday established fresh weekly lows, now inside 107.80-107.75 area from 109.00-region.

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