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Bitcoin plunges 5pc to its lowest level in 3 months

The crypto magnet drops in value as risk assets continue to get crushed



Bitcoin plunges 5pc to its lowest level in 3 months
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Bitcoin fell to its lowest level in three months on Monday as investors dumped risk assets amid expectations of higher interest rates.

The world’s largest cryptocurrency dropped 5% to an intraday low of $18,276, reaching its lowest level since June 19. Bitcoin is down 7.2% this month and on pace for the second straight negative month after plunging 15% in August.

Ether is down a similar 5% to $1,281 apiece Monday, hitting its lowest level since July 15. Ether is down 17% this month, on track to post its worst month since June.

Risk assets have been under massive pressure as the Federal Reserve is expected to stick to its aggressive tightening schedule. The central bank is widely expected to approve this week a third consecutive 0.75 percentage point interest rate increase that would take benchmark rates up to a range of 3%-3.25%.