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Bitcoin Hits Record $19,259 a Coin on Tuesday as Demand Jumps Through the Roof

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Demand for the world’s most dominant cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, rose to a record high on Tuesday amid Trump’s renewed attack on China and general global uncertainty.

Bitcoin rose by 5.2 percent to $19,259.64 or N9.471 million per coin as of 2.24 pm Nigerian time on Tuesday.

Ripple rose by 25.05 percent to 0.00003271 BTC or N233.25 per coin, representing over 100 percent increase in the last one week.

Similarly, Bitcoin Cash advanced to fourth place among the most capitalised cryptocurrencies after gaining 16.90 percent in the last 24 hours to 0.00154 BTC or N129,101 per coin with N2.36 trillion market capitalisation and N170.29 billion volume of trade in the last 24 hours.

Demand for cryptocurrencies rose late on Monday after President Trump renewed his trade war with China, in a move that suggested he is out for revenge.

Few reports have said China was supporting the President-elect, Joe Biden, prior to the US presidential election, and as such was using cyberspace to push that agenda like Russia did in 2016.

The surged in global tension despite COVID-19’s three different vaccines led to an increase in demand for cryptocurrencies by institutional investors in the last 24 hours.

Also, demand for crypto assets on both PayPal and CashApp platforms has exceeded the entire supply of newly minted bitcoins, suggesting a serious supply pressure and likely surge in price above the current level in the near-term.

Bitcoin could set a new all-time record high in few days if demand remains high.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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What’s REALLY Behind Musk’s Bitcoin U-turn?

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Elon Musk’s sudden u-turn regarding Bitcoin on Twitter – which sent prices plummeting by 15% – could be more of a PR stunt than anything else, says the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial and fintech organisations.

The observation from Nigel Green, deVere Group’s chief executive, comes as the Tesla billionaire boss said the company will halt sales of cars using Bitcoin due to the environmental impact of mining that cryptocurrency.

Mr Green comments: “Musk is once again flexing his influencer muscles on social media.  In a somewhat Trumpian move, he’s taken to Twitter to announce a major u-turn.

“Just a few months ago, to much fanfare, Musk announced that his company Tesla had bought $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin and that it would accept it as payment for cars. The move was one of the reasons the cryptocurrency’s price has soared this year.”

He continues: “All of a sudden, he’s not so keen due to environmental concerns. But why now? Those issues surrounding the environmental impact have not come up in the last few months? Did Musk seriously not know about them before he bought $1.5 billion Bitcoin?

“There are serious and important environmental matters which urgently need to be addressed about Bitcoin mining. Any action to support the further transition to fully using sustainable energy must be championed – it is something I whole-heartedly support.

“According to research 76% of cryptocurrency miners currently use electricity from renewable energy sources as part of their energy mix. Which begs the question: why, with all his immense resources and power is Musk not able to ensure that all his Bitcoin is mined this way?

“In addition, why is he not using this influence to further advance and incentivise renewable energy for cryptocurrencies – something that Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has previously tweeted about and with which Musk agreed on the social platform.”

Could there also be another driver behind the Bitcoin move?

“Musk likes being known as being a contrarian. He likes to go against the crowd in a high-profile way.  Is his waning interest in Bitcoin at a time when huge amounts of institutional investment from major Wall Street banks is pouring in, part of this?” asks Mr Green.

With the fundamentals of Bitcoin – the very ones that are attracting enormous institutional and retail interest remaining unchanged – many investors are likely to use this current price drop from recent all-time highs as an important buying opportunity.

Previously the deVere CEO observed that inherent traits of cryptocurrencies are ever-more attractive. “These characteristics include that they’re borderless, making them perfectly suited to a globalised world of commerce, trade, and people; that they are digital, making them an ideal match to the increasing digitalisation of our world; and that demographics are on the side of cryptocurrencies as younger people are more likely to embrace them than older generations.”

Mr Green concludes: “Clearly, Musk still believes in Bitcoin – he didn’t sell any – and I now hope he will use not just words but his immense resources to further expediate the transition to sustainable energy for crypto mining.”

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Tesla to Announce Dogecoin as Bitcoin Replacement

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Following the decision to stop accepting Bitcoin for vehicle payment, Tesla Inc. may announce Dogecoin as a replacement for Bitcoin.

On Wednesday, Elon Musk, the Chief Executive Officer, Tesla Inc, said the company is looking at cryptocurrencies that use less than 1 percent of Bitcoin’s energy for transactions.

This was two days after Musk, in a poll, asked if his over 54 million followers, want Tesla to accept Dogecoin, a meme coin he has aggressively promoted to the mainstream.

The billionaire said “Tesla has suspended vehicle purchases using Bitcoin. We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel.

“Cryptocurrency is a good idea on many levels and we believe it has a promising future, but this cannot come at a great cost to the environment.

“Tesla will not be selling any Bitcoin and we intend to use it for transactions as soon as mining transitions to more sustainable energy. We are also looking at other cryptocurrencies that use <1% of Bitcoin’s energy/transaction.”

Millions of Dogecoin traders and investors have started projecting that the Doge Father will announce Dogecoin as a Bitcoin replacement going by his tweet and the poll.

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Bitcoin, Other Cryptocurrencies Decline as Elon Musk Pulls the Plug

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Elon Musk’s owned Tesla made a sudden U-turn on Wednesday to stop accepting Bitcoin for payment of its vehicles, citing rising use of fossil fuels in Bitcoin mining and transactions.

A situation that could have a negative effect on the environment, stated the Chief Executive Officer, Tesla Inc., Elon Musk.

Elon Musk had earlier asked if his over 54 million followers, which comprises of a huge number of cryptocurrency lovers, want Tesla to accept Dogecoin, a meme coin that has risen to global prominence on Musk’s support.

Over 78 percent responded positively to the poll on May 11 before Musk announced on Wednesday the decision of Tesla Inc to stop accepting Bitcoin.

Millions of Dogecoin investors and traders are now predicting that Elon Musk is likely to announce Dogecoin as a replacement for Bitcoin going by his latest tweet below.

Bitcoin plunged by over 17 percent from $54,800 to as low as $46,294 per coin before rebounding to $51.119.16 as at the time of writing.

Ethereum, XRP and Dogecoin also pared losses to 7.26 percent, 7.82 percent and 10.90 percent, respectively.

Musk, in a tweet, said Tesla has suspended vehicle purchases using Bitcoin.

 

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