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Bitcoin in Retreat, Will This Week’s Economic Events Send it Further Back?

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • Bitcoin's rapid retreat coincides with a busy economic calendar, including the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting and core CPI data release.
  • The economic calendar also includes November's CPI and PPI reports, the Fed's policy meeting, and retail sales data, all of which could impact crypto markets.
  • Crypto markets are already down, with Bitcoin leading losses at 3.2%, and Ethereum experiencing a 4.4% slide, indicating a potential correction.
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A busy economic calendar lies ahead for the week, and crypto markets are already starting to head south during early trading. The Federal Reserve’s policy meeting will be one of the key events this week, along with core CPI data. 

Macroeconomics outlet The Kobeissi Letter listed the key economic events for the United States for the week beginning December 11. Moreover, Bitcoin has already started to retreat quickly, so how low will markets go? 

This Week’s Economic Events 

December 12 will see reports on November CPI figures related to the consumer price index. These reports measure changes in the retail prices of goods and services and are generally considered as a measure of inflation.

Core CPI year over year is expected to remain unchanged at 4%. Moreover, the annual inflation rate in the US slowed to 3.2% in October and it is forecast to remain at this level for November. 

Wednesday sees November’s Producer Price Index (PPI) report released. This data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reflects input prices for producers and manufacturers. Since this directly affects retail pricing, PPI is also seen as a good pre-indicator of inflationary pressures.

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Wednesday also has the Fed’s policy meeting, which will give indicators of the central bank’s interest rate outlook. Additionally, the meeting will be accompanied by the release of the Fed’s quarterly economic projections summary.

This is known as the “Dot Plot,” which is a chart summarizing the Fed’s benchmark federal funds interest rate outlook for the short, medium, and long term.

“The most recent Fed statement was that rate cut hopes are ‘premature,'” said the Kobeissi Letter. It added, “This week, we expect the Fed to re-enforce that.”

Retail sales data and initial jobless claims will be released on Thursday. 

Bitcoin Tanks 3.2% 

Crypto markets are already seeing red during the Monday morning Asian trading session. Total capitalization has declined by $80 billion in a 4% slide on the day. 

Bitcoin is leading losses with the asset shedding 3.2% in a fall to $42,377 at the time of writing. Analysts had predicted a correction to an overly frothy crypto market and it appears to be starting this week.

BTC/USD 24 hours. Source: BeInCrypto
BTC/USD 24 hours. Source: BeInCrypto

Ethereum is faring worse, with a 4.4% slide over the past few hours to hit $2,246. 

Most of the altcoins are also dumping at the moment, with losses between 2 and 6 percent. 

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Martin Young is a seasoned cryptocurrency journalist and editor with over 7 years of experience covering the latest news and trends in the digital asset space. He is passionate about making complex blockchain, fintech, and macroeconomics concepts understandable for mainstream audiences.   Martin has been featured in top finance, technology, and crypto publications including BeInCrypto, CoinTelegraph, NewsBTC, FX Empire, and Asia Times. His articles provide an in-depth analysis of...
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