Crypto Markets Awaits Clues as Fed Looks to Hold Rates Steady

The Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision today is closely watched by financial markets, including cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

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  • The Federal Reserve will meet today to decide on interest rates, impacting everything from gold to Bitcoin.
  • While a rate hike is unlikely, the Fed might delay planned cuts due to inflation concerns.
  • Bitcoin prices have dipped ahead of the meeting, with the crypto market likely to swing on the Fed’s decision.

The Federal Reserve is set to announce its latest interest rate decision today, June 12, at 6:00 pm GMT. This closely watched event is expected to have a significant impact on traditional financial markets like gold, oil, and the US dollar. However, the crypto world is also keenly awaiting the Fed’s verdict, as it could influence the price of Bitcoin and other digital assets.

Fed Rate Hike Unlikely in June

While most analysts predict the Fed will maintain the current interest rate target range of 5.25% to 5.5%, all eyes are on Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s accompanying statement. Investors are particularly interested in any hints regarding the future trajectory of interest rates.


Recent economic data has raised concerns that inflation might be more persistent than initially anticipated, potentially delaying the Fed’s planned interest rate cuts later this year. Although a rate hike in June is highly unlikely (priced at a mere 0.6% chance), the possibility of a single or two cuts in 2024 has diminished.

Economists are now revising their earlier predictions of three rate cuts this year down to two, with the first cut not expected before September at the earliest. Today’s US inflation data release will be a crucial factor in determining the timing of these cuts.

According to Derek Tang, an economist at LH Meyer/Monetary Policy Analytics, the Fed is wary of potential inflationary risks. He emphasizes the need for a cautious approach to any rate cuts, as the Fed doesn’t want to inadvertently stimulate the economy too quickly.

Bitcoin Price Dips Before Crucial Fed Meeting

According to Bloomberg Economics, this meeting could be the most pivotal one of 2024. They anticipate that Fed Chair Powell will offer more clarity on the timeline for interest rate cuts in his statement. Bloomberg economist Anna Wong forecasts a revised dot plot reflecting just two rate cuts this year instead of the previously projected three.


Despite the expected hold on rates in June, Bitcoin prices have experienced a slight decline in the lead-up to the Fed meeting. BTC dropped from $69,000 to $66,000 in the past two days and is currently trading around $67,820. The cryptocurrency market, along with traditional markets, is likely to react heavily to any signals from the Fed regarding the future path of interest rates.

On the Flipside

  • The Fed might prioritize job market strength over inflation, leading to faster interest rate cuts and potentially benefiting crypto markets.
  • While a rate hike is highly unlikely, a surprise decision by the Fed would significantly impact crypto markets.

Why This Matters

The Fed’s interest rate decision and accompanying statement hold the power to shape the near future of cryptocurrency prices. A shift in the projected number of rate cuts for 2024, particularly if it leans towards fewer cuts or even a potential hike, could trigger significant volatility in Bitcoin and other digital assets.

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This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

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.