Another US Fed interest rates decision out in the wild, and crypto’s chief asset Bitcoin is trading pretty flat, just around US$27k at time of writing. ImmutableX (IMX), though… what’s going on there?

We’ll touch on IMX briefly further below.

First, though, as widely predicted and as you’ll know by now, Jerome Powell and co have held interest rates where they have been of late, but are projecting a possible rate hike to come before year’s out. That is, before a series of likely modest cuts in 2024. Yep, it’s a mixed bag of sentiment.

Speaking of sentiment, a quick check in on the Crypto Fear & Greed Index and it looks like we’ve moved back from “Daddy, I’m scared, hold me” territory, to “Muuummm, I’m bored”. And  that’s pretty much been the back-and-forth narrative of Crypto 2023 to date.

 

Source: alternative.me

 

Per the Fed’s announcement, the central bank “decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 5-1/4 to 5-1/2 percent.”

Eddy’s morning Market Highlights column, which is a 98% non-crypto-specific read, has more on this here.

But here’s another take – from crypto and blockchain data analytics gurus Santiment, which notes that crypto is holding up really quite well compared with the S&P 500’s dip to four-week lows…

 

Rich Dad, Poor Dad bloke still likes Bitcoin

Meanwhile, Robert Kiyosaki, the author of popular, ancient (1997) tome Rich Dad, Poor Dad, is maintaining his vocal support for Bitcoin, along with gold and silver.

Predicting an impending crash in stocks, bonds, and real estate, Kiyosaki firmly believes the US dollar is on a path to obliteration and that “America is broke”.

The financial commentator also recently predicted a pretty high price for BTC in 2024 – US$120,000, which he expects along with Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (the BRICS nations) potentially launching a new cryptocurrency backed by gold.

 

Ray Dalio forsees money printer going ‘brrr’

The renowned US billionaire investor Ray Dalio meanwhile believes America will once again hit the on switch on its money printers as the country takes on even greater debt.

Dalio was speaking at the All-In Summit earlier this week in the States, hosted by the popular All-In podcast group.

Dalio believes that a recession is likely, which he says would see the Fed and US government bring back quantitative easing, in other words… “money printer goes brrr”.

“What happens is debt rise is relative to incomes,” said Dalio.

“What that means, mechanistically, is that debt service payments rise relative to incomes, and so it squeezes out consumption as the debt compounds. And what happens is there’s a realisation that they have to print money.

“I think you’re going to see in the next downturn another move to print money.”

This, of course, ties in with the predictions of Kioysaki (above) and others regarding the US dollar’s path to destruction, hence the case for gold, silver and Bitcoin.

The Fed, meanwhile, believes it’s on track to deliver the US economy a “soft landing”, taming inflation and avoiding recession. If it achieves this, it’ll be the first time it’s truly done so in almost eight decades.

 

Top 10 overview

With the overall crypto market cap at US$1.1 trillion, down a fraction since about this time yesterday, here’s the current state of play among top 10 tokens – according to CoinGecko.

Not much movement at the station here, then, although layer 1 blockchain Solana (SOL) has jostled it’s way back into the top 10 at Toncoin (TON)’s expense.

No news to report on that specifically, other than perhaps some inevitable fading of Toncoin’s stonking-good recent form.

 

Uppers and downers

Some of the biggest 24-hour gainers and losers at press time. (Stats accurate at time of publishing, based on CoinGecko.com data.)

 PUMPERS (11-100 market cap position)

ImmutableX (IMX), (market cap: US$889 million) +36%

MultiversX (EGLD), (market cap: US$723 million) +7%

Algorand (ALGO), (market cap: US$800 million) +6%

Aave (AAVE), (market cap: US$946 million) +6%

 Maker (MKR), (market cap: US$1.2 billion) +4%

 

ImmutableX (IMX), the web3 layer 2 Ethereum blockchain built by Aussie-founded company Immutable, is on a bit of a tear today.

There’s no fresh news we’re seeing, although we do know the company has had a very prominent presence lately across global blockchain and gaming-related events – including the Animoca Brands investor day in Sydney recently, the major crypto conference Token 2049 in Singapore, as well as heading over to the Tokyo Game Show, as we type.

 

SLUMPERS

THORChain (RUNE), (market cap: US$532 million) -8%

Kaspa (KAS), (market cap: US$1.01 billion) -5%

Toncoin (TON), (market cap: US$8.21 billion) -5%

eCash (XEC), (market cap: US$478 million) -5%

Rollbit Coin (RLB), (market cap: US$383 million) -4%

 

Around the blocks

Some pertinence and randomness that stuck with us on our morning moves through the Crypto Twitterverse.