Bitcoin nearly halves from peak, Nasdaq posts worst week of pandemic

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The Nasdaq has posted its worst week since the start of the pandemic, wiping billions from the wealth of tech billionaires, and Bitcoin is down nearly half from its peak level.

The sell-off comes as investors try to decrease risk ahead of a key Federal Reserve policy meeting next week, amid fears over how aggressively the central bank will move to raise interest rates.

But for some it marked the early sign of a markets doomsday. British investor Jeremy Grantham, a notorious life-long bear who persistently declares corrections are imminent, this week claimed that the US is in an asset 'superbubble' that will soon collapse spectacularly.

With investors expecting the Fed to begin raising rates as soon as its March policy meeting, shares in pricey tech companies and other expensive growth stocks have started to look relatively less attractive.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq is down 14.3 percent from the record high set on November 19, and has fallen for four straight weeks and is now more than 10 percent below its most recent high, putting it in what Wall Street considers a market correction.

And the benchmark S&P 500 has now slipped three straight weeks to start the year.

It fell 5.7 percent this week, its worst weekly decline since March of 2020 when the pandemic sent stocks into a bear market.

'As always, once the volatility starts, investors pile on exacerbating the downward volatility,' said Nancy Tengler, CEO of Laffer Tengler Investments.

The tech sell-off has hit the nation's top tech billionaires hard, with Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg losing a collective $67 billion in the past week.

Telsa CEO Musk took the biggest hit, with his net worth dropping $25.1 billion, or more than 9 percent, on the week, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Amazon founder Bezos lost $19.9 billion for the week, and his fortune is now down more than $24 billion since the start of the year.

Meanwhile, Bitcoin dropped again on Saturday and was last down around 4 percent for the day, hovering around the $35,000 level.

Bitcoin, the world's biggest and best-known cryptocurrency, is now about half its $69,000 peak in November.

It was last at $35,049, after falling as low as $34,000 and following a steep fall on Friday.

The currency has had wild price swings and has been hit as risk appetite has fallen on inflation fears and anticipation of a more aggressive pace of interest rate hikes from the U. S. Federal Reserve.

Other risk assets have fallen with stocks falling on Friday. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq recorded their biggest weekly percentage drops since the start of the pan... (Read more)