The crypto market has been trading in the green over today’s session as it sees some relief from macro-economic factors. Today, the U.S. published July’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) print which hinted at a slowdown in inflation and allow Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others to experience some relief.
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CPI has been a key metric over the past months as the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) attempts to mitigate it by hiking interest rates and reducing its balance sheet. Thus, global markets have seen less liquidity which has negatively impacted risk-on assets, such as equities and cryptocurrencies.
At the time of writing, Bitcoin (BTC) trades at $23,900 with a 4% profit in the last 24 hours while Ethereum (ETH) trades at $1,800 with a 9% profit over the same period. The second crypto continues to outperform BTC as investors seem to be migrating into the altcoin sector.
BTC’s price moving sideways on the 4-hour chart. Source: BTCUSDT Tradingview
July’s CPI print see a decline on the back of commodities trending downwards, particularly the energy sector saw falling prices. However, Rick Rieder, CIO at investment firm BlackRock, believes inflation it’s “still running at a worryingly high rate”.
This might continue to operate as a headwind for digital assets and risk-on assets over the long run but might allowed the Fed to be less aggressive with their monetary policy. Rieder said the following on the potential long-term bullish effect of less inflation:
Over time, we think the slowdown in economic growth, the continuation of the Federal Reserve’s assertive Hiking Cycle and the possibility of resolution with several persistent supply chain issues should influence broad inflation lower.
Rieder claims inflation might continue to trend lower or moderate in the coming months. This might remove uncertainty across the crypto market and provide these assets with enough support to reclaim previous highs.
The biggest headwinds for crypto will be the Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), BlackRock’s CIO said. At that time, the financial institution might announce another “substantial” interest rate hike, but there’s “still a lot more data to come between now and the meeting”.
In this environment, data from crypto research firm Santiment records a spike in the supply of Tether (USDT) on exchange platforms. This hints at the potential buying pressure from market participants waiting for more clarity around macro-economic factors.
The recent CPI print might provide that clarity, at the time of writing, USDT’s supply on exchanges stands at 42% for the first time since April 2022. At that time, the market was about to enter a massive bull run into new all-time highs.
Source: Santiment via Twitter