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Top Cryptos Peak Then Retrace as U.S. Inflation Surges to 30-year High

Wed, 11/10/2021 - 23:42
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Tor Constantino
Deflationary features of Bitcoin and Ethereum drive today's all-time highs
Top Cryptos Peak Then Retrace as U.S. Inflation Surges to 30-year High
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The U.S. inflation rate for consumer goods and services hit a 30-year high in October, representing an increase of 6.2 percent compared to the same time last year. This marked the fifth straight monthly increase of 5 percent or more, and it was the fastest annual surge since 1990.

Inflation drivers were widespread

The Labor Department noted in its announcement today that the price hikes were broad-based, with the largest increases occurring in the categories of energy, shelter, food, used cars and trucks, and new vehicles. Specifically, the energy index rose 4.8 percent last month, as the gasoline index increased 6.1 percent - other major energy sectors rose as well. 

From a month-to-month basis in 2021, inflation increased a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent  in October - representing a more than double increase from the 0.4 percent rise in September, while also matching June’s 0.9 percent pace. This chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the monthly breakdown over the past four years.

Bureau of Labor Statistics 4 year inflation
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Bitcoin and Ethereum peak then pullback after inflation data published

After the inflation numbers were released at 8:30am ET today, Bitcoin rose as high as $68,744.03 at 9:19am and Ethereum climbed to $4,848.61 at 11:14am - each setting new records. However, as of this writing, both have dipped nearly 4 percent respectively. Both coins have been very bullish in recent months, doubling in price since this past June.

Possible reasons for the earlier price surge for these two leading cryptocurrencies are Bitcoin’s fixed asset supply of 21 million coins, and Ethereum’s recent move to limit its own supply by burning miner rewards as part of its EIP- 1559 upgrade in August. Both features are deflationary in nature and position both digital currencies as effective shields against macro-inflationary pressures.

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About the author

Tor Constantino is a former journalist, current corporate executive, and business writer. Since 2017, he has also written about cryptocurrencies, blockchain, DeFi, NFTs, and crypto's potential to revolutionize finance. His writing has appeared in outlets including Fortune, Inc, Entrepreneur, Motley Fool Ascent, DailyCoin, Success, Forbes, CEOWorld, and Yahoo! Finance. He has holdings in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cardano, and XRP. His views are his own.