Bitcoin (BTC) Gains 4% on Easing US Inflation Data

Cryptocurrency markets rallied after signs of slowing inflation in the US, with Bitcoin jumping over 4%.

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  • The Bitcoin price has climbed in hopes of a relaxed monetary policy.
  • Lower-than-expected inflation figures have triggered optimism in the crypto market.
  • The possibility of a Fed rate cut this summer has been put back on the table.

Cryptocurrency markets reacted positively to signs of slowing inflation in the United States on Wednesday. The price of Bitcoin (BTC) surged over 4% to $64,500 following the release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) report, which showed a slight decrease in inflation compared to March.

Lower-Than-Expected Inflation Bumps Bitcoin

This news offered a glimmer of hope for cryptocurrency investors who had been bracing for a prolonged period of high interest rates. Throughout 2023, inflation consistently dipped, leading many, including the Federal Reserve, to anticipate a more relaxed monetary policy in 2024. However, inflation has unexpectedly risen slightly this year, dampening hopes for immediate rate cuts.

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The Wednesday CPI report indicated a 0.3% monthly increase in inflation, lower than the 0.4% recorded in March and economist predictions. Year-over-year inflation also showed a slight decline, reaching 3.4% compared to March’s 3.5%. Core CPI, excluding volatile food and energy prices, followed a similar trend with a 0.3% monthly increase and a year-over-year rise of 3.6%.

These figures, while still concerning, were enough to trigger a positive response in the crypto market. Bitcoin, which had been under pressure due to the prospect of sustained high interest rates, saw a significant price jump. The spot Bitcoin ETF, a potential catalyst for further growth, has been sidelined recently due to slowed or even reversed inflows.

Fed Rate Cut Back on the Table?

Before the CPI report, the possibility of a Fed rate cut this summer was considered unlikely, with traders only pricing in a 50% chance of a move by September. However, the easing inflation data could shift this outlook, potentially leading to a more accommodative monetary policy in the latter half of the year.

The positive reaction extended beyond the crypto market. Traditional markets also responded favorably to the softer inflation and economic data. S&P 500 futures climbed 0.5%, and the 10-year Treasury yield dropped to 4.37%. The U.S. dollar index weakened by 0.5%, and gold prices gained 0.7%.

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While the long-term trajectory of inflation and interest rates remains uncertain, the latest data provides a welcome respite for cryptocurrency investors. The easing of inflation concerns could pave the way for a more bullish crypto market in the coming months.

On the Flipside

  • While the monthly inflation decrease is positive, year-over-year inflation is still at 3.4%, exceeding the Federal Reserve’s target of 2%.
  • The 10-year Treasury yield dropped slightly, indicating that a short-term trend might not convince investors to expect future inflation adjustments.
  • Core CPI, excluding volatile items, remains at 3.6%, which might be a more relevant indicator for long-term inflation expectations.

Why This Matters

This dip in inflation offers a potential turning point for the crypto market. A shift towards a more relaxed Federal Reserve policy, with lower interest rates on the horizon, could significantly improve investor sentiment and lead to a broader market rally. This could breathe new life into stalled projects and potentially attract new capital to the cryptocurrency space.

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Author
Kyle Calvert

Kyle Calvert is a cryptocurrency news reporter for DailyCoin, specializing in Ripple, stablecoins, as well as price and market analysis news. Before his current role, Kyle worked as a student researcher in the cryptocurrency industry, gaining an understanding of how digital currencies work, their potential uses, and their impact on the economy and society. He completed his Masters and Honors degrees in Blockchain Technology within Esports and Business and Event management within Esports at Staffordshire University.