Bitcoin drops 5% to its lowest level in 3 months as risk assets continue to get crushed

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Ether has hugely outperformed bitcoin since both cryptocurrencies formed a bottom in June 2022. Ether’s superior gains have come as investors anticipate a major upgrade to the ethereum blockchain called “the merge.”
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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%. 

CNBC’s Gina Francolla contributed to this report.

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