• Will the Fed still cut rates with rising inflation?
• What's the implication of approval for Bitcoin ETFs by SEC?
• What do analysts predict for Nvidia's new chip innovation?
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U.S. Inflation Rise Eases Case for Fed Rate Cut
U.S. inflation accelerated in late 2023, surpassing market expectations for an imminent Federal Reserve interest rate cut. December's Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 3.4% year-on-year, exceeding forecasts. The core CPI, which excludes food and energy, showed a monthly increase of 0.3% and an annual rise of 3.9%. Despite these figures, the year concluded with manageable impacts on the labor market, setting the stage for potential Fed interest rate reductions in 2024. While officials project three rate cuts in 2024, uncertainty surrounds the timing, leading to varied market expectations. The release of these figures prompted increases in Treasury yields and the dollar, alongside fluctuations in stock-index futures. The next meeting of Fed officials is scheduled for the end of this month. Read more
Bitcoin ETFs Granted SEC Approval in Historic Action
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently approved spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), marking a significant regulatory milestone that simplifies digital currency investment for everyday investors. Major financial firms have received the green light to offer these ETFs, allowing direct exposure to bitcoin without requiring ownership of the cryptocurrency itself. In contrast to traditional mutual funds, spot bitcoin ETFs can be traded throughout the day on stock exchanges. This approval is anticipated to attract substantial investment into the digital currency, potentially influencing its price and fostering further growth in the industry. The event emphasizes the importance of fortifying the regulatory framework to ensure safety and security in the crypto market. Read more
Nvidia Unveils Revolutionary Generative AI Capabilities
Nvidia has introduced the GeForce RTX 40 Super Series graphics cards and cutting-edge AI software, representing a significant advancement in generative artificial intelligence for personal computers. This release is accompanied by generative AI tools such as TensorRT and RTX Remix. Nvidia also offered a glimpse of Chat with RTX, allowing AI enthusiasts to engage with content using large-language model technology. With a notable 6.4% surge in stock value, Nvidia anticipates shipping RTX AI laptops through major manufacturers this month. Analysts underscore Nvidia's dominance in generative AI, foreseeing substantial incremental free cash flow as a pivotal factor in the company's success. Read more
New Year, Different Direction?
The conclusion of the S&P 500's nine-week winning streak last week marked a brief pause in the market's momentum. The insights into the Fed's outlook and the labor market during the week offered confirmation of the economy's trajectory and potential factors influencing market dynamics in 2024. Read the Full Article
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