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#1 Fed raises rate by 0.5 percentage point as market expected
#2 November retail sales are weaker than expected
#3 Elon Musk sells more TSLA shares
#4 US accounting watchdog says it is able to inspect firms in China
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Is bitcoin still investable after the Wild West days end?
Bitcoin and crypto had a big week since Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of the collapsed crypto exchange FTX, was arrested in the Bahamas on Monday. The list below shows major events that happened in the crypto world this year, including 7 major bankruptcies since May.

Bitcoin price has fallen more than 60% from its highest level in March this year, following crashes in major crypto firms and aggressive Fed rate hikes.

However, the bitcoin’s price jumped this week following the release of a better-than-expected CPI report. The move comes as investors continue to monitor and assess whether it is a good time to start investing in risky assets, as inflation is seen easing considerably in the next year and Fed might pivot rate policies faster than expected.

Moreover, after a long period of investigation and creation of new legislation for the crypto industry, crypto’s Wild West days are coming to an end. What remains for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will be their fundamental value.

What’s your projection for bitcoin price in 2023?

A. >$20,000

B. <$8,000


C. Somewhere in between the two

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#1. Fed raises rate by 0.5 percentage point as market expected
• Most officials penciled in plans to raise rates above 5% next year, higher than previously expected. Powell said he wouldn't consider rate cuts until the committee is confident that inflation is moving down to 2% in a sustained way.
• Meanwhile, consumer prices rose less than expected in November, up 7.1% from a year ago, due to a decrease in energy prices, used vehicle prices, and medical care service costs.

#2. November retail sales are weaker than expected
• Retail sales for the month declined 0.6%, even worse than the Dow Jones’ estimate of a 0.3% drop. Additionally, both automotive and gas sales showed 0.2% decline.
• The pullback was also widespread across various categories: furniture and home furnishings stores reported a decrease of 2.6%; building materials and garden centers fell 2.5%; and motor vehicle and parts dealers dropped 2.3%.

#3. Elon Musk sells more TSLA shares
• Tesla CEO Elon Musk sold about 22 million more shares of his electric vehicle business, which were worth around $3.6 billion, according to a financial filing published Wednesday night.
• Musk has sold 94,202,321 shares so far this year at an average price of $243.46 per share for pretax proceeds of approximately $22.93 billion.

#4. US accounting watchdog says it is able to inspect firms in China
• The US Public Company Accounting Oversight Board said on Thursday that its inspectors have been able to sufficiently review audit documents from firms based in China, as well as in Hong Kong.
• Around 200 companies based in these two jurisdictions are no longer facing an acute threat of being booted off American stock exchanges, leading to a surge in share prices.
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