Powell Sees No Rate Hike Soon, and Bitcoin Pares Losses- CoinDesk

Top Federal Reserve officials see inflation rising above 2% this year, but their median expectation is still for interest rates to stay close to zero at least through 2023, based on the “Summary of Economic Projections” released Wednesday.

Bitcoin prices pared earlier losses as Fed Chair Jerome Powell said during a televised press conference that the U.S. central bank expects to keep monetary policy loose “for as long as it takes” to heal the coronavirus-wounded economy. The largest cryptocurrency is seen by many investors as a hedge against inflation, and a dovish monetary policy stance could allow faster price increases.

Prices for bitcoin rose to about $56,500 after the meeting, from about $55,500 just prior to the 18:00 UTC (2 p.m. ET) release.

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the U.S. central bank’s monetary policy panel, will keep the target rate for federal funds in a range of 0% to 0.25%, according to a statement released after a two-day meeting. The Fed plans to keep buying $80 billion of U.S. Treasury bonds and $40 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities every month.

U.S. stocks rose after the report.

According to the summary of economic projections:

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