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Fluctuating Interest Rates: The Uncertain Path Ahead for Bitcoin

Mon 18 Mar 2024 ▪ 4 min of reading ▪ by Eddy S.
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Bitcoin is trembling. The bane of crypto investors has shown its menacing snout – the FED. In this March 2024, a paramount meeting will seal the fate of Bitcoin. Upturn? Downturn? Uncertainty looms. Traders hold their breath. The queen of cryptocurrencies is in peril.

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Eyes fixed on the Federal Reserve Meeting

On March 19, all eyes will be on Washington D.C. The Federal Open Market Committee will gather for a groundbreaking decision. On March 20 at 2 pm, the target rate for the federal funds will be announced. Currently, it’s at 5.25% to 5.5%, unchanged? Likely. But what about after that?

Bitcoin follows the movement, react instantly to the slightest sign. Jerome Powell, chairman of the Fed, will hold a press conference at 2:30 pm. Each word will be dissected. Analysts will pored over the Fed’s “economic projections.” The bond market is twitching with impatience.

According to the CME’s FedWatch tool, the first rate cuts are expected in June or July. Three to four months by the end of 2024? Speculation is rife. Michelle Bowman, a member of the Board of Governors, advocates caution. “Reducing rates too soon? We risk having to raise them again to control inflation.”

Inflation, the executioner of Bitcoin

Inflation haunts Bitcoin investors. In February 2024, the CPI posted 3.2% over a year, well above the FED’s 2% target. The PCE index for January, preferred by the FED, showed 2.4%. Too high to commit to lowering rates.

Yet, promising signs emerge. Inflation is significantly slowing down after the peaks of 2022. But in January and February 2024, the monthly data climbed to 0.3% and 0.4% respectively. Cause for concern for the FED aiming for 0.1 to 0.2% per month.

The FED’s March inflation forecasts from Atlanta are somewhat reassuring with 0.2% anticipated. Enough to convince the FED that a rate cut is justified? A conundrum for decision-makers.

The future of Bitcoin depends on it. The queen of cryptocurrencies follows the trend of inflation. Too high? The FED puts the brakes on with high rates. Under control? The way is clear for a crypto market resurgence.

In March 2024, Bitcoin will be at stake. The Fed meeting will mark a decisive turning point. Will it maintain the course of monetary tightening? Or will it send the long-awaited signal of an upcoming easing? Every move, every piece of data will be scrutinized. Bitcoin’s future depends on it. A new era could open for the crypto queen. Or will it be yet another winter for investors? The world will be holding its breath. On March 19 and 20, the FED will decide…

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Eddy S.

Le monde évolue et l'adaptation est la meilleure arme pour survivre dans cet univers ondoyant. Community manager crypto à la base, je m'intéresse à tout ce qui touche de près ou de loin à la blockchain et ses dérivés. Dans l'optique de partager mon expérience et de faire connaître un domaine qui me passionne, rien de mieux que de rédiger des articles informatifs et décontractés à la fois.


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