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Bitcoin [BTC] breaks $26k, CPI drops – is the euphoria back

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  • BTC nudged past $26,000 following CPI’s data announcement.
  • Maximalists reiterated that the traditional financial system could not stop Bitcoin’s growth.

Bitcoin [BTC] continued its unprecedented bullish run and climbed above $26,000 as the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics released its February Consumer Price Index (CPI) data. According to the country’s fact-finding agency, the CPI dropped to 6% on a Year-on-Year (YoY) basis.

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The CPI expresses the change in the current prices of goods in a given year compared to the prices within a base period. The metric used to measure inflation rose to 6.4% per January’s data. However, the 14 March declaration implied that the CPI had dropped for the eighth consecutive month, hitting the lowest since September 2021.

Preparedness, backtracks, and the proceeds of caution

After the announcement, BTC only took a few minutes to reach the aforementioned price. But at press time, the coin had lost its hold on the region and was trading at $24,967. 

However, CNBC’s report on the situation mentioned that Signature and Silicon Valley Bank crashes have now ignited the hypothesis that a hike in Fed rates would cease for a while. 

The Fed meeting determines monetary policy and assesses the long-term objectives of price stability and economic growth. With the next one billed for 22 March, the consumer news and business channel pointed out:

“Banking sector turmoil in recent days has kindled speculation that the central bank could signal that it soon will halt the rate hikes.”

Prior to the announcement, BTC and many other cryptocurrencies were pricing at a peak. But before the coin hit its Year-To-Date (YTD) high, some investors were bullish on the reaction. According to Lookonchain, a pseudonymous whale named “Rewkang” increased his long BTC position hours before the CPI report.

An hour after CPI, CryptoQuant analyst “Papi” took to the platform to warn investors, predicting that there could be a short retracement. 

According to him, the $25,000 intraday recovery could trigger massive profit-taking due to the exchange flow spike. An increase in exchange flow usually translates to intent to sell. Sometimes, it leads to a price decline. 

Bitcoin exchange inflow and price action

Source: CryptoQuant

Papi acknowledged that the macroeconomic factors and developments from the banking arm were other aspects to watch. 

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BTC loyalists: Never to surrender

However, it seemed that the Bitcoin trend has assured many of its faithful that neither banks nor regulators. Reacting to the price increase, CEO of Custodia Bank and Bitcoin maximalist Caitlin Long noted that the events of the past few days have proven why the king coin has a better working system than the traditional banks. She said:

“The Fed has now broken precedent, turning the entire banking system into “systemically important” effectively bailing out ALL banks. The Fed has just turned into a Leveraged Lender with a strong incentive to lower rates.”


Amid the banking industry crises, quite a number of investors look to have turned to Bitcoin for safety. It is surprising that it has repaid the trust within a short period despite its long-term underwhelming performance. However, seasoned trader Peter Brandt tweeted that he was not shocked that BTC got rejected at $26,000.


Victor Olanrewaju is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. Settled in Lagos, his fascination with blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market arose out of his love of freedom and everything free. As a Nigerian, Victor understands the impact unfounded financial restrictions have on a population. He sees Bitcoin and cryptos as a way to circumvent these obstacles, as a tool for value creation despite all the setbacks. A graduate in Physics, Victor previously worked as a Senior Marketer at Melange Technologies. Before that, he dealt with crypto-marketers on a regular basis in his capacity as Copywriter at Ventrix Media. At AMBCrypto, Victor’s focus is on assessing the real effectiveness of both on-chain and off-chain developments on a project and its community sentiment.
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