Enhanced Bitcoin Volatility as May’s Inflation Numbers Come In


The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics released the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers – the metric that’s largely used to gauge inflation in the country. This caused significant turbulence in Bitcoin’s price.

In May, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers rose 1.0 percent, not seasonally adjusted, and rose 8.6 percent over the last 12 months, not seasonally adjusted.

  • The increase comes on the back of growing shelter, gasoline, and food prices. The gasoline index increased 4.1 percent, while the food index increased by 1.2 percent in May.
  • This caused some considerable turbulence in the price of BTC. The cryptocurrency dropped below the coveted $30K level after reaching an hourly high at almost $30,200 (on Binance).
Source: Binance via TradingView


  • That said, liquidations in the past hour amount to slightly less than $100 million, but the majority of it comes from ETH perpetual.
  • In fact, the largest single liquidation order took place on BitMEX, and it was an ETH/USD perpetual with a face value of a whopping $26 million.

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