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In this will be published the data on the U.S. consumer price index for December.
But already this week the data on the purchasing managers index and employment figures in the U.S. out. So there’s a lot to keep an eye on.
In the short to medium term, inflation will decline, according to the CME Group’s FedWatch tool. That gives risk assets room to develop.
The U.S. central bank has not yet signaled that it will stop raising interest rates. However, the jumps have become smaller. Once there are such signals, risk asset sentiment should improve.
Investor Miachel Burry, however, believes that inflation is not done yet. “Inflation has reached a peak. But this is not the last spike of this cycle,” he warned in a Jan. 2 tweet.
“The consumer price index will likely be lower, possibly even negative in H2 2023, and the U.S. will go into recession.” The Federal Reserve will cut interest rates and the government will stimulate the economy. And there’s another inflation spike. It’s not hard to do.”
The head of the French central bank is calling for stricter regulations on crypto companies in France in light of recent developments in the crypto industry.
Francois Villeroy de Galhau made the relevant remarks in a speech in Paris on January 5. In it, the central bank chief recommends that France should not wait until the European Union’s (EU) new crypto regulation comes into force to introduce a mandatory licensing process for digital asset service providers – crypto service providers. The EU’s proposed crytpo regulation – the Markets in Crypto Asset (MiCA) – has already been approved, but will not take effect until 2024 at the earliest.
As Bloomberg reports, Villeroy is therefore already taking the French crypto industry to task based on its recent scandals: “All the chaos of 2022 clearly shows: it is imperative for France to introduce a mandatory licensing process for DASPs as early as possible, instead of just requiring their registration as it is now.”
France is thus seamlessly continuing its “pro-blockchain” policy and establishing itself as a major hub for digital assets.
Last year, Ethereum eclipsed Bitcoin in terms of transaction volume. In terms of search queries online, however, Bitcoin maintained its lead.
According to Jan. 2 data from Nasdaq and Ycharts on Reddit, there were 338 percent more Ether transactions in 2022 (408.5 million) compared to Bitcoin transactions (93.1 million).
The values on the chart are shown in millions. On average, there are about 1.1 million transactions per day for ETH and 255,000 for BTC.
However, the volume of transactions on the Bitcoin network is more consistent and regular than Ethereum. There, there was significantly more volatility in terms of transaction volume. This is due to spikes in demand at certain times, such as NFT releases, and other fee-intensive events, such as XEN mining.
Ethereum’s significantly higher transaction volume continues into the new year. As of Jan. 2, the network counted 924,614 transactions, up 300 percent compared to the 229,191 transactions on the bitcoin network.
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