The Fed has finally shared its interest rate decision, which has been expected for weeks.
The Fed increased rates by 25 basis points. Expected 25 basis points.
FED faizleri 25 baz puan artırdı.
Beklenti 25 baz puan. pic.twitter.com/gKMV388JNx
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The first reaction of the Bitcoin (BTC) price after the interest rate decision is as follows:
FED's Interest Rate Decision Was Critical
In an environment of increasing concerns about inflation and economic slowdown, the FED announced its latest interest rate decision today.
The Fed has been steadily increasing interest rates since last year to keep inflation under control and prevent the economy from overheating. However, some analysts warn that the Fed may tighten too much and too quickly, increasing the risk of recession.
The Fed's benchmark interest rate, which affects borrowing costs for consumers and businesses, ranged from 4.75% to 5%. Most economists had expected the Fed to raise the rate another quarter point to the 5% to 5.25% range. This was the Fed's 10th straight rate hike and the highest since 2007.
The Fed's rate hikes are in line with its dual purpose of maintaining price stability and maximum employment. The Fed is targeting an annual inflation rate of 2%, but inflation has been well above this level for months.
The Fed believes that much of the increase in inflation is temporary and is due to base effects from supply chain disruptions, pent-up demand and price drops from last year's pandemic. FED expects inflation to follow a moderate course as these factors disappear and interest rate hikes take effect.
However, some economists argue that the Fed underestimates the persistence and breadth of inflationary pressures, especially in the services sector, which makes up about two-thirds of the economy.
*Not investment advice.