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Heightened invasion fears has Wall Street selling everything, US data, bitcoin tumbles

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Heightened invasion fears has Wall Street selling everything, US data, bitcoin tumbles

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US stocks did not stand a chance today as risk aversion violently returned on growing fears of a n invasion of e and after an impressive earnings report from Walmart suggested the consumer is strong and paves the way for potential aggressive Fed tightening.  The risks for a military conflict at the e border appear to be rising and that has many investors entering de-risking mode. Wall Street is feeling very jittery as it looks to the left and sees intensifying geopolitical risks with the e situation and then it looks to the right and sees the potential for aggressive Fed tightening.


US data


Earlier this morning, initial jobless claims and the Philadelphia Fed business outlook disappointed, while the housing market still looks strong.  The Philly Fed showed there was a slowdown in activity and that the employment index continues to provide rising wage pressures.  Supplier delays improved and that is a big positive for traders focused on bottleneck issues.


Housing starts weakened for the first time in four months, while building permits surged to the highest level since 2006.  The housing market still has a low inventory problem and the higher mortgage costs have not derailed buyers.


Bitcoin slides over e, Fed


Wall Street has gone full de-risking mode and Bitcoin is paying the price.  Fears over geopolitical concerns and potentially aggressive central bank tightening has cryptos across the board in freefall.  The risk rebound that was accompanied with the major de-escalation that stemmed with the e situation that happened earlier in the week has completely been unwound now that many in the West fear  is moving towards an imminent invasion.


Bitcoin is the ultimate risky asset, and a e invasion would keep crypto selling pressure going another 10-15% over the short-term.  The outlook for bitcoin remains mostly bullish but if long-term growth prospects start taking a bigger hit from aggressive Fed tightening, institutional investors might scale down their bets.


Weighing on cryptos was the news that President Biden is expected to issue an executive order on regulating cryptos and on a central bank digital currency (CBDC) next week. Uncertainty for stablecoins is a short-term negative for cryptos, but overall long-term growth for the cryptoverse will embrace US regulation.


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