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Bitcoin Surge Towards $24k As CPI Report Show Inflation Cooling

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Bitcoin surged after July’s CPI data showed that inflation has started to decline after several months of record-breaking rates.

Similar to earlier instances, the price of bitcoin climbed close to $24,000.

CPI Report Boost Bitcoin Price

According to the Consumer Price Index report (CPI) that the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics released on Wednesday, consumer costs remained unchanged, putting inflation at 8.5%.

Prior to this, analysts anticipated that the index, which analyzes price changes across a wide range of products and services, would increase by 0.2% to reveal inflation to be 8.7% on an annual basis.

After the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its data on inflation for July, the value of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq, S&P 500, and NYSE indexes all sharply increased. Moreover, the value of precious metals and cryptocurrencies rose on Wednesday. The value of bitcoin surged by nearly 4%, that of gold by 0.35%, and that of silver by 1.43% in relation to the dollar.

BTC/USD trades close to $24k. Source: TradingView

 

According to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) report for July 2022, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased by 1.3 percent in June but remained steady in July. Before seasonal adjustment, the all items index rose 8.5 percent over the previous 12 months. The report on inflation adds:

“The gasoline index fell 7.7 percent in July and offset increases in the food and shelter indexes, resulting in the all items index being unchanged over the month.”

President of the United States Joe Biden talked about the CPI figures as well and said that new legislation and domestic semiconductor production had increased the nation’s economic activity. According to Biden, the lack of semiconductors resulted in high pricing for autos last year, which accounted for one-third of core inflation. “America is back leading the way with the CHIPS and Science Law boosting our efforts to make semiconductors right here at home.”

Focus Turns To FOMC Meeting In September

Analysts anticipate that core inflation will rise from 5.9% to 6.1%, pushing the Fed to raise interest rates further in September. The CPI data, however, indicates that recent rate hikes are having a cooling effect on the economy.

Nevertheless, Citigroup economists predicted another 75 basis point increase, fueled by strong job data and faster pay growth than anticipated. But if core inflation comes in higher than anticipated, there is also a chance for a 100 basis point rise.

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Federal Funds Effective Rate (Source: FRED)

The current CPI rate is 9%, and investor Stanley Druckenmiller said that “Inflation has never come down from above 5% without Fed funds rising above CPI.”

The Fed won’t need to raise rates as much as they have thus far this year if inflation has peaked.

In response to rising interest rates that slow growth, institutional investors have moved away from more speculative assets like tech stocks and cryptocurrencies and toward investments that are more comparatively stable, such corporate bonds and U.S. Treasuries.

Featured image from Getty Image, charts from FRED and TradingView.com

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Crypto Community Predicts Polygon (MATIC) To Rise Nearly 20% By October 31

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Members of the crypto community have cast their ballots, so to speak, and now we’ll find out whether or not their forecast was accurate.

The consensus of the cryptocurrency market predicts a 20% increase in MATIC prices before the month ends, as reported by CoinMarketCap’s price prediction metrics.

This fairly optimistic forecast from the community suggests a high level of faith in both the token and the ecosystem.

Good news has recently hit the Polygon community thanks to a tweet from the official Polygon Twitter account announcing a new collaboration with the trading platform Robinhood.

Will Robinhood Team-Up Bring Good Results?

The tweet suggests that Robinhood has teamed up with Polygon to offer a bitcoin wallet service. FThe Robinhood Wallet app is built with DeFi in mind.

According to Polygon’s blog post, the Robinhood Wallet is a self-custody wallet, meaning that its owner has complete discretion over their cryptocurrency holdings.

Robinhood has made other forays into the cryptocurrency market, so this isn’t their first venture.

From its inception in 2018, it has been actively involved in the crypto industry, with Bitcoin and Ethereum being the first coins to be freely traded on the platform at no cost to traders. The change began in a select number of states.

By 2021, the trade of crypto assets has expanded across the whole United States, with the exception of Hawaii and Nevada.

The trading platform supports 11 cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum. It also facilitates the trading of alternative cryptocurrencies, similar to Polygon’s MATIC token.

With over 37,000 decentralized applications available on Polygon’s platform, it will undoubtedly aid Robinhood’s most ambitious cryptocurrency endeavor. But how did investors and traders of Polygon respond to the news?

Rally In The Offing For Crypto?

As of this writing, MATIC is trading at $$0.778741, down 0.1 percent in the last seven days, data from Coingecko show, Saturday.

Currently, the token trades between the 50 Fib level ($0.6876) and the 61.80 Fib level ($0.7761).

The present support line lies at $0.7252, which is essential because this will be the support line the bulls can rely on if things go south.

If the price reaches the 61.80 Fib level again, we can expect a slight correction if there is sufficient buy demand.

Investor confidence is high as Polygon presses forward with its Robinhood relationship, given the community projection of a near 20% price increase.

MATIC total market cap at $6.8 billion on the daily chart | Source: TradingView.com

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