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The Crypto Comms Newsletter
The Crypto Comms #15
By Chris on Crypto • Issue #15 • View online
Bitcoin is at an inflection point as all eyes turn towards the FOMC meeting on Wednesday. The question on everyone’s mind is: will risk assets shoot for another leg up, or is the relief rally over? Here’s the context for the week.

In this issue:
  • Bitcoin analysis
  • Macro update
  • Latest happenings
  • Listening material
Technically speaking
Bitcoin analysis
Bitcoin/Dollar is down -2.5% week-on-week as prices consolidate above the 2017 all time highs. The crypto reached $24,277 before sellers stepped in, pushing it as low as $21,740 on Monday.
The market now has to decide whether it will go for a second leg up, or fall back into the range and potentially print new lows below $17,600.
BTC/USD immediate levels of interest.
BTC/USD immediate levels of interest.
Currently, BTC/USD is above the 20-Daily ema, and has printed a ‘bull flag’ visible on H4. But attempts higher have resulted in swift and impulsive bearish engulfing candles, setting lower lows and lower highs on the H4 time-frame.
This is pitted against the daily situation, which is technically within ‘bullish retest’ territory, per the tweet below.
Chris on crUPto
Some thoughts on $btc.

>Price testing 20-daily ema. If trending, you'd expect it to hold on a closing basis.
>D1 Stochastic RSI has room to correct. Weekly breaking out. Monthly oversold.
>FOMC meeting on July 27th (pivot?)
>Can bulls hold till mid week?
Locally, an H4 close above $22,260 is enough confirmation for another leg higher towards $30,000 in my view. On the other hand, a daily close below the 20-daily EMA, or an intra-day sell off below $21,200 means the relief rally is over and ranging is back in play.
In all time-frames, prices tend to reach extreme points where the majority capitulates, only to reverse course and mark up later. Market makers using order-flow data sets tend to perpetuate such price moves. So there is a scenario where BTC/USD wicks to $21,200 and swiftly reverses.
All in all, until the 20-daily EMA is officially lost, the working logic is that of a trending market; whereby moving averages are more consequential than range-levels.
If lost, it’s worth noting that bitcoin is within macro-bottoming levels regardless. This favours low-time preference plays, and somewhat limits downside risk/reward in both the short and long term.
Macro update
July 27th is on the horizon, with many analysts viewing the FOMC meeting as ‘the big event’ for the week. The market is positioned for a 0.75% rate hike on Wednesday, with speculation of a 1% hike falling since last week.
Target rate probabilities for July 27th 2022 FOMC meeting.
Target rate probabilities for July 27th 2022 FOMC meeting.
If a surprise 1% hike comes about, new lows for risk assets may be in play. If the hike is within expectations (0.75%), risk assets won’t have an unexpected headwind. A Fed pivot (i.e. lower or unchanged hike) would be a tailwind for risk.
As usual, one should expect volatility around the meeting, so allowing the dust to settle may be the prudent option.
The Dollar index (DXY) is still cooling off, trading below 106.3 at the time of writing. As noted last week, acceleration towards 103 is a tailwind for risk-assets, while an intra-week reversal and reclaim of 107 would be accompanied by capital flowing out of risk.
Meanwhile, the SPX trades above the pivot point at 3,961 points. Consolidation around the area is fine, provided daily closes remain above 3,860. All in all, macro is in a ‘not great, not terrible’ posture, with the FOMC meeting on Wednesday carrying substantial weight as to whether this relief rally has legs.
The pieces are set, and the game continues.
Latest happenings
Listening material
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