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What's More Important: BlackRock Trading Crypto or 7.5% Inflation?

Crypto is being driven in different directions by different market forces.

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Today Twitter was alight with discussion of the biggest inflation print since 1982. With 7.5% inflation, a hike of 50 basis points is looking more and more likely in March. This should be bad news for risk assets. On the other hand, bitcoin and crypto are being buoyed by other macro forces. Notably, news broke yesterday that the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, is likely to begin allowing clients to trade crypto. As many have pointed out – it’s hard to be bearish when that type of adoption is happening. So which of these forces have a stronger impact on bitcoin and crypto?

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