Is the Bitcoin and stock market drop linked to the next Fed decision?

In yesterday’s trading session, the Producer Price Index (PPI) delivered a surprising surge, adding concerns about stubborn inflation. Here are the key highlights:

PPI Report Details

  • February’s Wholesale Inflation: The PPI, a measure of wholesale prices, rose by 0.6% from January. This increase was double the 0.3% bump that economists had anticipated.
  • Core PPI: Excluding food and energy components, the core PPI also exceeded expectations, rising by 0.3%. This unexpected jump in core prices signals underlying inflation pressures.

Federal Reserve’s Dilemma

  • Timing of Rate Cuts: The unexpected surge in wholesale prices raises the chances that the Federal Reserve may reconsider the timing of its benchmark interest rate cut. While markets had priced in a potential rate cut in May, recent data suggests that the Fed might delay this move.
  • Inflation Outlook: The PPI report, coupled with elevated inflation running at 3.2% over the last year (as of February, according to the Consumer Price Index), challenges the Fed’s goal of achieving 2% inflation. Policymakers are closely monitoring economic data to build confidence in the downward trajectory of inflation.

Bitcoin’s Recent Pullback

  1. Profit-Booking: Bitcoin, known for its volatility, experienced a sharp pullback. It slid from its recent all-time high, currently trading at $67,830. This decline is likely due to profit taking, which often follows a strong bull run.
  2. Interest Rate Uncertainty: Uncertainty about when the US Federal Reserve will cut interest rates may also be affecting Bitcoin’s price.


The PPI report serves as the final significant economic update before the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting scheduled for March 19-20. As policymakers deliberate, the delicate balance between inflation containment and economic growth remains at the forefront.

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