As the financial world holds its breath, U.S. futures rise cautiously on Tuesday, with investors eagerly awaiting the unveiling of March’s inflation data. This much-anticipated release will be followed by key economic data points, including consumer price and producer indices for the previous month. These insights will potentially reveal if the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy tightening could ease up, providing some relief to investors.
Bitcoin’s Triumphant Return to $30K
The digital currency titan, Bitcoin, triumphantly soared past the $30,000 mark for the first time since June 2022. Amid banking sector turmoil, investors flocked to cryptocurrency, considering it a safe haven. Hopes that the Fed may reconsider its aggressive interest rate hikes also benefited Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. With an impressive 80% year-to-date increase, the total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies now stands at a staggering $1.4 trillion.
A Glimpse into the Future: IMF’s Upcoming Growth Projections
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) prepares to release its latest world economic outlook, accompanied by a presentation and policy recommendations from chief economist Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas. IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva has already cautioned that sluggish growth lies ahead, with global economic expansion estimated at a meagre 3% per annum for the next five years. Georgieva warns of a “rough and foggy” road to recovery, with geopolitical tensions and economic fragmentation at the heart of her concerns.
Oil Prices Ascend as U.S. Crude Inventory Data Looms
Oil prices rise on Tuesday in anticipation of the American Petroleum Institute’s weekly report on U.S. crude stockpiles. Crude futures are trading higher, with expectations of another decline in inventory levels following last week’s 4-million-barrel drop. Oil prices are further bolstered by OPEC and its allies’ unexpected decision to cut production by approximately 1.16 million barrels per day starting in May.
Source: A Financial Rollercoaster: Bitcoin Soars, Inflation Looms, and Oil Prices Climb