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Bitcoin price hits 1-week lows as Fed rate hike rumors unsettle market

Bitcoin (BTC) dipped further below $19,000 on Oct. 21 as rumors circulated over the United States Federal Reserve.

BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView

Fed still on track for major November rate hike

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD abruptly dropping before the Wall Street open, hitting lows of $18,660 on Bitstamp.

A recovery took the pair higher, and it was attempting reclaim $19,000 as support at the time of writing.

The action came as commentators claimed the Fed was softening its policy on rate hikes ahead of the Nov. 1–2 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

Citing mainstream media quotations from Fed officials, they suggested that the November hike could be the last 75-basis-point adjustment, with smaller ones following.

“Some officials are more eager to calibrate their rate setting to reduce the risk of overtightening,” Nick Timiraos, chief economics correspondent at the Wall Street Journal, summarized.

“But they won’t want to dramatically loosen financial conditions if and when they hike by 50 bps (instead of 75). This meeting could allow officials to get aligned on next steps.”

Timiraos came in for skepticism following his words, with some accusing him of “leaking” data which would be sensitive for markets.

“How silly that there’s a designated Fed leaker that can drop a timely tweet thread and instantly impact global markets,” popular commentator Stack Hodler wrote.

“Imagine the havoc if someone hacked this guys account and leaked a 100bps raise. Yields rocket and we get UK pension crisis 2.0 — what a janky monetary system.”

According to CME Group’s FedWatch Tool, the odds of a 75-basis-point hike next month remained almost guaranteed, with a mere 6.2% chance of 50 basis points.

Target rate probabilities chart. Souce: CME Group

Dollar retreats after yen seals more lows

U.S. equities saw a confident start to trading on the day, while the U.S. dollar swiftly lost ground after earlier causing fresh pain for trading partner currencies.

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