Bitcoin (BTC) saw snap volatility on Sep. 20 as the United States Federal Reserve maintained interest rates at twenty-year highs.
BTC price digests Fed rate pause
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) opted to keep rates at their previous levels set in July this year.
“The Committee seeks to achieve maximum employment and inflation at the rate of 2 percent over the longer run,” a press release stated.
“In support of these goals, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 5-1/4 to 5-1/2 percent.”
The move was overwhelmingly expected ahead of time by markets, with a 99% probability of a rate hike pause already in place, per data from CME Group’s FedWatch Tool.
The Fed’s language remained cautious over the future of inflation, however, with no guarantee that conditions would become more lax.
“In assessing the appropriate stance of monetary policy, the Committee will continue to monitor the implications of incoming information for the economic outlook. The Committee would be prepared to adjust the stance of monetary policy as appropriate if risks emerge that could impede the attainment of the Committee’s goals,” the release continued.
SUMMARY OF FED DECISION (9/20/23):
1. Fed PAUSES rate hikes leaving rates unchanged
2. 12 Fed officials see 1 more rate hike
3. 7 Fed officials see no more rate hikes
4. Fed sees rates higher for longer
5. Fed sees inflation at 2.6% in 2024
Is the Fed pause finally here?
— The Kobeissi Letter (@KobeissiLetter) September 20, 2023
Reacting, Michaël van de Poppe, founder and CEO of trading firm Eight, suggested that no more rate hikes would come in future. Bitcoin, he predicted, would benefit.
“No rate hike from the FED. My best guess: we’re done with the hiking policy,” part of an X post read.
“Bitcoin is likely to start trending up from here (yes, a fakeout usually happens at the news).”
Powell hints that another rate hike could come in 2023
BTC price action saw jitters as the decision came, with Powell still to complete his speech at the subsequent press conference at the time of writing.
The road to getting inflation down to the Fed’s 2% target, he said, had “a long way to go.”
“If the economy evolves as projected, the median participants projects that the appropriate level of the federal funds rate will be 5.6% at the end of this year, 5.1% at the end of 2024 and 3.9% at the end of 2025,” he said.
Powell noted that the medium projection for the end of the year was unchanged from before, but had moved up 0.5% for the end of the next two years.
BTC/USD continued to hold above $27,000 as a result, with no major exit of the recent intraday trading range.
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