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Bitcoin Targets $40,000 as FOMC Leaves Interest Rates on Hold

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Updated by Bary Rahma
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In Brief

  • Bitcoin eyes the $40,000 mark following the FOMC's decision to hold interest rates steady at 5.25% – 5.50%.
  • Altcoins like Solana (SOL) experience significant gains, with the crypto market reacting positively to the Fed's policy.
  • The stable interest rate environment bolsters Bitcoin's position as a hedge, aligning with predictions of market growth.
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Bitcoin sets its sights on $40,000, energized by the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) recent decision to maintain interest rates. The market’s pulse quickened as the Federal Reserve reinforced its strategy to keep the federal funds rate at the 5.25% – 5.50% corridor.

This move, although anticipated, has sent ripples through the financial markets, emboldening investors and traders in the crypto industry.

Bitcoin Jumps As Fed Extends Pause on Interest Rates

The equilibrium in interest rates has provided fertile ground for Bitcoin to recapture its vigor. According to BeInCrypto’s on-chain analyst, Ibrahim Ajibade, this could help Bitcoin confidently advance toward the $40,000 mark.

“With 79% of Bitcoin holders in profitable positions, the overall sentiment within the ecosystem is dominantly positive… Drawing inferences from these historical data trends, Bitcoin price will likely make another leg-up toward $40,000 if the expected rate pause is officially announced,” Ajibade said. 

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Bitcoin FOMC Price Performance
Bitcoin Price Performance. Source: TradingView

This resurgence is not just a solo journey for Bitcoin. The altcoin sector is also experiencing a renaissance, with Solana (SOL) leading the charge, registering a stunning 16% increase. Similarly, Avalanche (AVAX), Polkadot (DOT), and Near Protocol (NEAR) have seen a 6% to 10% uptick.

The Federal Reserve’s stance, coupled with Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s remarks that the balance sheet drawdown will continue unaltered, has instilled a sentiment of cautious optimism. Still, the crypto market has responded favorably, as anticipated by Ajibade, as the Fed extended the pause on interest-rate hikes.

The FOMC’s steadfast commitment to combating inflation while nurturing maximum employment has reassured markets. The Fed’s vigilance on inflation risks and the agility to adjust monetary policy proactively is pivotal in sustaining market confidence.

“The US banking system is sound and resilient. Tighter financial and credit conditions for households and businesses are likely to weigh on economic activity, hiring, and inflation. The extent of these effects remains uncertain. The Committee remains highly attentive to inflation risks,” FOMC’s statement read.

As equities closed on a high note, with notable gains in both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq 100, the cryptocurrency market too, basked in the glow of a favorable economic stance. The dip in 10-year US Treasury yields to 4.73% from a high of nearly 5% earlier in the week has tempered the odds of further rate hikes. Subsequently reinforcing Bitcoin’s appeal as a hedge against loose monetary policies.

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With the Fed’s hands steady on the monetary levers and a vigilant eye on economic indicators, the market looks forward to a potential era of stability and growth. This scenario sets the stage for Bitcoin to pursue new yearly heights, with the $40,000 target firmly within its crosshairs.

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Bary Rahma
Bary Rahma is a senior journalist at BeInCrypto, where she covers a broad spectrum of topics including crypto exchange-traded funds (ETFs), artificial intelligence (AI), tokenization of real-world assets (RWA), and the altcoin market. Prior to this, she was a content writer for Binance, producing in-depth research reports on cryptocurrency trends, market analysis, decentralized finance (DeFi), digital asset regulations, blockchain, initial coin offerings (ICOs), and tokenomics. Bary also...