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Bitcoin rises to $66,000 following Fed’s decision to maintain interest rates

In an unexpected turn of events that buoyed investors’ spirits, the Federal Reserve’s decision to maintain the fed-funds rate steady has sparked a notable rebound across several financial markets, with Bitcoin and the broader cryptocurrency sector leading the charge.

The Fed’s announcement on Wednesday to keep rates unchanged at 5.25-5.50% for 5th straight meeting, coupled with indications from most officials of potential rate cuts in 2024, acted as a catalyst for a market-wide uplift.

Bitcoin witnessed a remarkable surge, breaking the $66,000 barrier within just two hours following the Fed’s announcement, up from the day’s low of $60,976, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

Bitcoin witnessed a remarkable surge, breaking the $66,000 barrier within just two hours following the Fed’s announcement, up from the day’s low of $60,976. Source: CoinMarketCap

This immediate price escalation underscores the market’s positive reception to the Fed’s decision, interpreting it as a sign of the central bank’s confidence in the current state of the economy or a strategic delay in tightening financial conditions, both of which are perceived as advantageous for riskier investments like cryptocurrencies.

Interestingly, ahead of this meeting, Bitcoin experienced a significant downturn for the first time in weeks, plummeting over 15% from its all-time high of $73,646 achieved on March 14 to $62,373 on March 19.

“It seems that after an impressive bull run during the last few months, Bitcoin just decided to take some rest as many investors locked in profits before Powell’s speech today,” Ruslan Lienkha, Chief of Markets at YouHodler, told AlexaBlockchain earlier today.

Moreover, the broader crypto market also followed the Bitcoin rebound: the Ethereum’s ETH token surged over 9% reaching $3,479 from today’s low of $3,186, Solana’s SOL by 14%, Stacks STX by 27%, Dogecoin by over 20%, and Conflux CFX also by over 20%, data from CoinMarketCap shows.

The stock market also shared in the euphoria, with all three major indexes—the S&P 500, the Nasdaq, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average—registering substantial gains. In particular, the S&P 500’s ascent above 5200 marks a significant milestone, signaling a robust confidence among equity investors.

This collective uptrend highlights a broader market optimism, potentially fueled by the anticipation of a more accommodating monetary policy environment in the near future.

Interestingly, the Fed’s decision comes at a time when the target rate stands at a 23-year peak of between 5.25% and 5.5%, emphasizing the delicate balance the central bank seeks to maintain between fostering economic growth and curbing inflation.

In the aftermath of the announcement, stock indexes further solidified their positions, with notable movements from individual stocks such as Chipotle, which announced a substantial 50-for-1 stock split, capturing investors’ attention. Meanwhile, Super Micro experienced a slight dip following the completion of its share offering, showcasing the varied responses within the equity markets to the broader economic signals.

The currency and bond markets were not left untouched by the Fed’s decision. The dollar’s strengthening, especially against the Japanese yen following the Bank of Japan’s rate hike, and a slight decrease in benchmark 10-year Treasury yields to 4.275%, from 4.296%, point to a nuanced recalibration of investor expectations across asset classes.

This synchronized uplift across different markets underscores a broader sentiment that the Federal Reserve’s current monetary policy stance could herald a phase of economic stability and growth, encouraging risk-taking and investment in both traditional and alternative assets. However, as markets adjust to the Fed’s forward guidance, investors will closely monitor economic indicators and Fed communications for signs of shifts in policy direction that could impact this newly found optimism.

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