BlackRock ETF could boost Bitcoin
BY Janne Muta, M.Sc in Finance|June 22, 2023
Bitcoin nears the April high in anticipation of BlackRock's potential ETF approval by US regulators, which could significantly increase institutional investment in Bitcoin. Whether or not the SEC approves the proposed fund, significant volatility in the market is likely. Meanwhile, GBPUSD maintains a bullish trend despite yesterday’s decline following a slightly higher-than-expected headline CPI. Elevated yields keep gold bearish, possibly pushing the market down to 1914. At the same time, EURAUD continues its rally as the ECB is expected to hike rates once more, while the RBA might hold off.
Bitcoin has rallied almost to the April high of 31 050 on anticipation that the world's largest money manager BlackRock might see its application for an ETF approved by the US regulators. The market is now trading near a resistance level (31 050) but if the ETF gets approval, the BTCUSD could have much more upside as more institutional money flows into Bitcoin.
We obviously can’t know whether the US regulator SEC will approve the proposed fund but if it does BTCUSD is likely to breach the nearest resistance level and could possibly start trending higher above it. This could take the market to 34 420 and possibly to 40 350 on extension.
As usual, trade only the price action not the expectations and remember to maintain proper risk management. If the fund isn’t approved, the market could trade lower and provide opportunities on the short side. In this case, we might see a move to 28 600 and then possibly to 27 800.
While GBPUSD trends lower in the 2h chart it is bullish above 1.2680 in the daily chart. Cable traded down to a structural support level at 1.2700 after the CPI was confirmed at a level only slightly higher than expected. Sterling bulls engaged the market at the May high.
The expectation is that the higher core inflation will force the BOE to hike both today and then again in August. Below, 1.2680, look for a move to 1.2620. Above 1.2680, a move to 1.2860 looks likely. Be ready to trade the BOE rate decision today at 11 am GMT.
Gold is bearish below 1945.20 and could trade down to 1914. Above the 1945.20 level, look for a move to 1954.52. Gold has been trending lower since early May when the US 10 yr yield started to move higher.
EURAUD continues to rally as the ECB is expected to hike once more but the RBA might not. The market is bullish above 1.6140. Below the level, the market could trade down to 1.6080. Above the 1.6140 level, the market could move to 1.6260.
The Next Main Risk Events
- CHF SNB Monetary Policy Assessment
- CHF SNB Policy Rate
- USD FOMC Member Waller Speaks
- CHF SNB Press Conference
- GBP MPC Official Bank Rate Votes
- GBP Monetary Policy Summary
- GBP Official Bank Rate
- USD Unemployment Claims
- USD Fed Chair Powell Testifies
- USD Existing Home Sales
- GBP Retail Sales
- EUR French Flash Manufacturing PMI
- EUR French Flash Services PMI
- EUR German Flash Manufacturing PMI
- EUR German Flash Services PMI
- EUR Flash Manufacturing PMI
- EUR Flash Services PMI
- GBP Flash Manufacturing PMI
- GBP Flash Services PMI
- USD Flash Manufacturing PMI
- USD Flash Services PMI
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Janne Muta holds an M.Sc in finance and has over 20 years experience in analysing and trading the financial markets.
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