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Federal Reserve Decision Looms Over Bitcoin: What Traders Should Know

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  • Bitcoin dropped significantly before the FOMC meeting and then recovered, showing market sensitivity to Fed decisions.
  • The Federal Reserve’s rate decision and economic forecasts may have an impact on financial markets and cryptocurrency prices.

The crypto market is currently enveloped in a cloud of uncertainty as it braces for the upcoming Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

The recent decline of Bitcoin (BTC) to $61,500 and lack of recovery above $62,000 are clear indicators of market volatility. As of right now, Bitcoin is trading at roughly $62,800, down almost 15% from its all-time high of $73,700 only last Thursday.

The Crypto Market Awaits the FOMC Meeting 

Investors and analysts alike are keenly awaiting the Federal Reserve’s imminent interest rate decision, which could have profound implications for Bitcoin and the crypto market.

According to the CME FedWatch Tool, the odds are overwhelmingly in favor of interest rates remaining within the 525–550 basis point range, with only a slim 1% possibility of a rate cut.

Last month, in reaction to February’s CPI report—which revealed an unexpectedly high core inflation rate of 3.2%—10% of economists forecast a rate cut. This month, there has been a marked shift in mood.

Amidst these financial tremors, market analyst Bloodgood views the Bitcoin correction as a necessary recalibration, serving to temper the market’s overheated expectations and foster more sustainable growth.

At press time, the BTC price has fallen in the last 24 hours and 7 days, by 1.23% and 13.79%, bringing it to $63,145.46.

Previously, the Binance CEO’s cryptic remarks, which hinted at potential highs for BTC and BNB, caught the attention of the cryptocurrency market and sparked speculation about a bullish run to new all-time highs, according to ETHNews.

Analysts Project a Bitcoin Adjustment Period

The analysts at Bitfinex, who anticipate a period of market adjustment following the most recent extreme fluctuations in Bitcoin’s price, share this viewpoint. They anticipate that the market will seek a new equilibrium, especially in light of the substantial inflows into spot bitcoin ETFs.

With the much-awaited halving of Bitcoin rapidly approaching, conjecture on the direction of the market is common. Based on past trends, it is possible that the pre-halving stage would trigger a period of retracement, which might result in a 20% drop in the price of Bitcoin. But this change can also spark a new round of purchases, driving the market’s further growth.

Turning our attention to the Federal Reserve, the central bank’s meeting this week is under the microscope, with significant implications for monetary policy.

While major policy shifts are not expected, the financial community is on high alert for any hints regarding the future direction of interest rates. The Fed is set to update its economic projections and provide an unofficial forecast for interest rates extending several years into the future.

Market dynamics have evolved rapidly this year, with expectations for the Fed’s interest rate cuts undergoing considerable revision. The anticipation of a rate-cutting campaign commencing in March has been deferred to at least June, with the market now expecting only three cuts from the current target range of 5.25%–5.5%.

Particular interest is centered on the Fed’s “dot plot,” which will reveal FOMC members’ individual rate expectations.

The December update hinted at a series of rate cuts through 2026, with the long-term federal funds rate eventually falling to around 2.5%, which the Fed considers to be “neutral.” To explore more details about this development, you can watch the following YouTube video.

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