A quiet start to the week for Bitcoin and Ether, but volatility is never far off for this heavy on risk assets.

New York: The selling pressure in the global crypto market eased Monday after massive declines across digital tokens last week. Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market value, traded at about $35,350 as of 12:05pm in Singapore. It touched a low of $34,042.77 over the weekend, a loss of more than 50 per cent from its all-time high in November.

Hawkish monetary policy signals from the Federal Reserve as well as fresh regulatory hints by the White House and the threat of an outright mining and trading ban in Russia have whipsawed digital coins. Declines in Ether - the second-largest token - and in newer coins have outpaced Bitcoin’s fall of late.

Over the past seven trading days, Bitcoin has shed around 18 per cent of its value compared with some 25 per cent for Ether. Solana’s SOL and DeFi-play Avalanche’s AVAX token have fallen 30 per cent or more. The wipeout in memecoins is sharp too: Dogecoin is down 19 per cent over a similar period, while Shiba Inu is off 25 per cent, according to CoinMarketCap data.

Riskier plays

Crypto “is a risk asset up and down,” said Starkiller Capital’s Leigh Drogen. “It’s even more of a risk asset now that most of the crypto market cap is Ethereum, Solana and all sorts of other stuff that is just basically technology where we’re pulling forward massive assumptions of global growth into the present.”

A key technical to watch is the ratio of Ether to Bitcoin, according to Amy Wu Silverman of RBC Capital Markets. After trading above 0.07 for several months, Ether has dropped to the lowest level relative to Bitcoin since October. It was recently at 0.069.

“Now, it’s officially a risk-off correction across the board,” Wu Silverman wrote in a note on Saturday. “There is nowhere to hide.”