August 18, 2023

🥛 Wtf happened to prices yesterday 👀

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GM. This is Milk Road, we deliver the crypto scoops – without the brain freeze.

Here’s what we got for you today:

  • Wtf happened to prices yesterday 📉

  • We tried LSD-Fi… 👀

  • The best of the Fed Minutes 🗒️

  • Donald Trump: The ETH Whale? 🍪 


What. A. Day.

Bitcoin crashed -10% in the span of a few minutes.

Over $1B in crypto was liquidated.

Yesterday was a bloodbath. (and will forever be remembered as Red Thursday)

So, wtf happened? A mix of things…

  • China Evergrande filed for bankruptcy in Manhattan. It’s the world's most heavily indebted property developer and many fear that the recent real estate problems could spread into other parts of the economy.

  • Rumors spread that SpaceX sold off all its Bitcoin (~$393M worth). The rumors were “unconfirmed” but ended up spreading like wildfire – adding more fuel to the sell-off.

  • As prices kept dropping, it triggered over $1B in liquidations. In fact, yesterday saw more liquidations than when FTX collapsed.

Crazy day. But it’s just another reminder that crypto crashes are some of the fastest things out there.

With all the craziness going on, we wanna know… how are you feeling about the markets right now?

a/ extreme fear – “Help mommy, I’m scared!”

b/ fear – I’m sleeping with the nightlight on during times like these

c/ neutral – call me Switzerland

d/ greed – Lovin’ the discounts! Keep em comin’

e/ extreme greed – Fear isn’t in my vocab. I feast while others diet

Hit “reply” to this email and let us know!


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The U.S. Federal Reserve recently had something called Fed Minutes.

It’s the economic cousin of “60 Minutes”. Except instead of exposing juicy scandals, Fed Minutes is all nerdy monetary policy talk. 

It’s boring as f*ck. But also super important.

The meeting gives us an inside look into how members of the Fed are currently thinking about the economy and how they might vote on the next interest rate decision.

Here are the Milk Notes™ on the latest Fed Minutes:

  • The majority of officials see a need for higher interest rates 

  • Only “a couple” officials think rates should stay unchanged

  • Most participants see significant upside risks to inflation, which could require further tightening of monetary policy

  • The Fed is no longer forecasting a recession in 2023

Overall, it was a hawkish meeting and many think the Fed could hike interest rates again. 🤬

All eyes will be on Jerome Powell (also known as “JP MoneyMan”) as he has his annual speech at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium next week.

P.S. – Last year's speech sent crypto and stocks into the red. *gulp*


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BlockFi has opened up crypto withdrawals for eligible U.S. users. Finally, some good news from a bankruptcy.

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