October 31, 2023
The outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting scheduled for October 31 and November 1, 2023, is expected to have a minor impact on stock prices and the price of Bitcoin (BTC). However, the key factor that traders are eagerly awaiting is the subsequent comments on the U.S. economic outlook in Fed Chair Jerome Powell's speech.
While traders and investors are confident about a pause in the interest rate hike during the upcoming FOMC meeting, there is speculation about a potential rate hike in the December 13, 2023 meeting. Federal Reserve officials may provide prior warnings to prevent market volatility. In previous meetings, the officials have emphasized the need to carefully consider raising rates based on incoming data on inflation and unemployment.
According to respondents on the CME FedWatch Tool, there is a low expectation of the Fed changing the Federal target rate in the upcoming FOMC meeting. However, there is a 19.8% probability of a 0.25% rate hike. Therefore, any indications of rate hike decisions in Powell's speech could trigger a reaction in the price of Bitcoin, as well as the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Indices.
In conclusion, while the outcome of the FOMC meeting may have a minor impact on stock prices and Bitcoin, it is the subsequent comments on the U.S. economic outlook that traders are eagerly anticipating. The possibility of a rate hike in the December meeting and any indications of future rate hikes in Powell's speech could significantly influence market trends. Traders and investors should closely monitor these developments to make informed decisions.