On pre-Fed nerves, Bitcoin Drops Nearly to Lowest Level Since 2020.

Prior to a global wave of monetary tightening that is anticipated to sweep from Europe to the US this week,

a decline in cryptocurrencies on Monday left Bitcoin on the verge of reaching its lowest level since 2020.

At 7:10 a.m. in London, the largest digital token had fallen as much as 6.7% and was trading for $18,500.

Ether struggled to maintain the $1,300 level as it lost up to 6.2%.Coins with greater losses were XRP and Polkadot.

Investors are preparing for volatility as a result of the Federal Reserve's anticipated this week big interest-rate boost to combat pricing pressures.

Signs of market nervousness included US equities futures trading in the red and a dollar measure moving higher.

Global market conditions are such that "in current inflationary atmosphere macro outweighs everything," according to managing partner of cryptocurrency lender Nexo.

The hype surrounding an upgrade of the Ethereum blockchain caused an increase in the price of ether since mid-June,but now that the upgrade is complete, it is quickly declining.