US Fed hikes interest rates, Bitcoin plunges below $36K and other news

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A week in review: May 1–7

We've selected the hottest materials of the past week for you to stay up to date with the latest crypto news:

#1. Fed hikes interest rates by 50 basis points in effort to combat inflation

On Wednesday, the United States Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to raise interest rates by 0.5%, marking its biggest upward adjustment in over two decades. It was the second rate increase of 2022, with seven increases expected in total for the year.
In a press conference following the FOMC meeting, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell further cemented the need to continue raising interest rates to combat inflation.
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#2. Coinbase took out the first Bitcoin-backed loan from Goldman Sachs

Coinbase took an important step toward bridging the mainstream world and the crypto world by using Bitcoin as collateral for a loan with Goldman Sachs. The actual mechanics of the deal involved Coinbase taking out a loan from Goldman that was collateralized with some of the exchange's BTC holdings. Amounts were not specified, however.
"Coinbase's work with Goldman is a first step in the recognition of crypto as collateral which deepens the bridge between the fiat and crypto economies," Brett Tejpaul, head of Coinbase Institutional, told Bloomberg.
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#3. Binance commits $500M to co-invest in Twitter with Elon Musk

In April 2022, Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled his intent to purchase Twitter, pending certain approvals, for $44 billion. That $44 billion is not just from Musk's pocket, but includes contributions from 19 other players. Crypto heavyweights Binance and Sequoia Capital Fund are among the contributors, putting up $500 million and $800 million, respectively.
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#4. Prediction of the week. Bitcoin drops to $35.5K as 1,000 point Dow correction marks the worst trading day since 2020

Bitcoin suffered some downward price action this past week. On Thursday, the BTC price dropped below $36,000 in a selloff that affected both crypto and legacy finance markets.
Some technical strategists consider the $37,500 level to be the pivotal line in the sand in terms of bullish versus bearish narratives. Bitcoin's fall below that threshold suggests its short-term outlook has flipped bearish.
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#5. FUD of the week. Argentina's central bank steps in to block new crypto offerings from banks

In Argentina, financial institutions are barred from providing crypto trading to customers, as per a ruling from the Central Bank of Argentina, or BCRA. In justifying its decision, the central bank cited familiar concerns surrounding crypto, including a lack of proper regulation for the asset class.
Earlier in the week before the BCRA's motion, a pair of notable Argentinian banks unveiled plans to offer certain crypto assets for purchase by customers.
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#6. FUD of the week. More than $1.6 billion exploited from DeFi so far in 2022

Crypto-related theft via hacks and other malicious activity in 2022 has already eclipsed the two prior years combined, according to data from blockchain security firm CertiK. In total, 2022 has thus far seen the appropriation of about $1.6 billion in crypto assets.
That being said, context is everything. The decentralized finance market has soared in value over the past two years and currently sits at roughly $200 billion in terms of total value locked, according to DeFi Llama.
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