Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies experienced a rally on Wednesday, fueled by growing expectations that the Federal Reserve will slash interest rates early next year. This potential monetary policy move is anticipated to be supportive of the cryptocurrency market.
Over the past 24 hours, the price of Bitcoin has surged by 3%, reaching above $38,100. This marks a return to its highest levels since late April and early May 2022, when cryptocurrencies faced a harsh bear market that influenced sentiment for nearly 19 months. Since the beginning of October, Bitcoin has soared by over a third, breaking free from a period of stagnant trading. This upturn has given rise to speculation about the dawn of a new crypto bull market.
Analyst Alex Kuptsikevich from broker FxPro commented, "Bitcoin has remained within an upward range for over five weeks now." However, he noted that despite briefly surpassing $38,400, it retraced its steps when it failed to establish a solid foundation for further gains.
Bitcoin's impressive rally can be attributed to optimistic prospects of U.S. regulators approving the first-ever spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). Such an approval is expected to generate a fresh wave of investor interest in digital assets. Moreover, the improving macroeconomic backdrop has also contributed to Bitcoin's upward trajectory.
Bitcoin Rebounds Following Interest Rate Expectations
After a recent dip below the $38,000 mark, Bitcoin has made a comeback. This resurgence is fueled by growing speculation that interest rates have reached their peak and could potentially decrease as early as March next year. Similar to the stock market's Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500, which have also experienced significant rallies, Bitcoin stands to benefit from lower interest rates. In a low-interest-rate environment, risky investments such as tech stocks and tokens become more enticing when compared to the returns on government debt.
The most recent catalyst for the shift in rate expectations came from comments made by Fed governor Christopher Waller on Tuesday. Waller expressed increasing confidence that current policy measures are well-positioned to slow the economy and bring inflation back to the Fed's target of 2%. Traders have reacted to Waller's remarks by pricing in potential reductions in borrowing costs sooner rather than later. As a result, the odds of interest rates decreasing by the Fed's policy meeting in March jumped to 43% on Wednesday, up from below 35% on Tuesday, according to the CME FedWatch Tool.
In addition to Bitcoin, Ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency, also experienced a 1.5% increase, reaching $2,050. Altcoins and smaller tokens also saw gains, with Cardano and Polygon each rising by 2%. Even memecoins made gains, with Dogecoin jumping 3% and Shiba Inu advancing 2%.
Overall, despite its earlier decline, Bitcoin has shown resilience and regained momentum as investors and traders adjust their expectations based on interest rate forecasts.
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