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Bitcoin Hits Record Highs as More Companies Embrace Crypto Boom

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Bitcoin Hits Record Highs as More Companies Embrace Crypto Boom

Bitcoin jumped to a record high after Mastercard Inc. and Bank of New York Mellon Corp. moved to make it easier for customers to use cryptocurrencies.

The largest digital asset rose as much as 7.4% to $48,364, surpassing the all-time high reached Monday after Tesla Inc. announced it would hold $1.5 billion of the cryptocurrency on its balance sheet. The wider Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index also touched a record.

“The crypto-asset world is bursting into the realms of traditional finance at a staggering pace,” said Simon Peters, an analyst at investment platform eToro.

Mastercard singled out so-called “stablecoins,” which often peg their value to that of another asset, such as the U.S. dollar. Mastercard has already partnered with crypto card providers such as Wirex and BitPay, but has required digital currencies to be converted into fiat before processing payments for transactions on its network.

Bank of New York Mellon Corp. said Thursday it will hold, transfer and issue Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for institutional customers.

Interest in cryptocurrencies has accelerated yet again as Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the world’s richest person, emerged as a central figure for the crypto faithful, supporting arguments among proponents that Wall Street and the mainstream are becoming more receptive to the asset class. Detractors maintain speculators are behind Bitcoin’s rise and the bubble will once again burst.

Even before announcing Tesla’s bet on Bitcoin, Musk said he was a supporter of Bitcoin on a social audio app and made multiple tongue-in-cheek references on Twitter to Dogecoin — a Shiba Inu-themed crypto started as a joke — sending prices soaring.

Mastercard is also “actively engaging” with central banks around the world on their plans to launch new digital currencies, the company said in a blog post on Wednesday.

“Mastercard’s plans to integrate crypto payments represents another indicator of the deep structural shifts taking place in our financial infrastructure,” said John Wu, president of Ava Labs. “Incumbent payment platforms are embracing digital currency solutions that are more equipped for the borderless, internet-enabled economy.”

Twitter Inc. has also done some “upfront thinking” around how to handle Bitcoin, including if employees and vendors ask to be paid in the cryptocurrency and whether the firm needs to have the digital asset on its balance sheet, CFO Ned Segal said in an interview on CNBC.

“These are just the early innings of corporate adoption, as digital currencies are beginning to play a larger role in robust balance sheet management,” said Nathan Cox, chief investment officer at Two Prime, an investment firm specialized in digital asset and derivative strategy management.

While Tesla’s investment of $1.5 billion put the focus on whether more companies will buy Bitcoin, the purchase is a drop in the ocean compared to the holdings of America’s blue-chip corporates. The purchase is worth just 0.05% of about $2.79 trillion of cash and cash-equivalents held on the balance sheets of S&P 500 members, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Wall Street Bets, the popular Reddit forum at the center of the retail investor frenzy, is talking about cryptocurrencies as well. The unverified Twitter account “Wallstreetbets mod” posted a call to buy Bitcoin and marijuana stocks.

Regulatory scrutiny remains a wild card for crypto investors. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, speaking at a Treasury forum for financial sector innovation, warned misuse of cryptocurrencies was a growing problem. Yellen has previously raised concerns about the use of cryptocurrencies in illicit financing.

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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Jesse Powell Says Bitcoin Could Hit $1 Million Per Coin

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Kraken CEO Sees $1 Million Bitcoin in the Next Decade

The Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Kraken Exchange, Jesse Powell, has made a bold Bitcoin prediction in a recent interview with Bloomberg.

Powell said Bitcoin could hit $1 million in the next decade, adding that supporters of the crypto asset are already saying it could replace all major fiat currencies.

He went on to predict a disruptive future that would stretch even the imagination of the most ardent crypto fans.

We can only speculate, but when you measure it in terms of dollars, you have to think it’s going to infinity,” he said. “The true believers will tell you that it’s going all the way to the moon, to Mars and eventually, will be the world’s currency.”

He added that his San Francisco-based Kraken is looking to go public next year.

The CEO explained that Bitcoin bulls see surpassing the combined market value of the dollar, euro and other currencies.

The dollar “is only 50 years old and it’s already showing extreme signs of weakness, and I think people will start measuring the price of things in terms of Bitcoin,” he said.

Bitcoin declined by 4.31 percent to $48,329.97 per coin amid rising yields and growing economic recovery.

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MicroStrategy Dumps Over $1 Billion on Bitcoin, Now Holds $4.78 Billion BTC

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MicroStrategy Dumps Over $1 Billion on Bitcoin, Now Holds $4.78 Billion BTC

MicroStrategy, a business intelligence firm, announced it has purchased another 19,452 Bitcoin worth $1.026 billion.

The company joined Square and other companies that bought the dip witnessed earlier this week after Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Janet Yellen commented on the fast-rising digital currency.

MicroStrategy now holds 90,531 Bitcoin worth $4.78 billion, more than Elon Musk’s Tesla acquisition of $1.5 billion.

Michael Saylor, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MicroStrategy continues to pursue a coin acquisition strategy now codified in the business intelligence company’s mission.

Square purchased 3,318 Bitcoin at an estimated $170 million value on Tuesday when the world’s most dominant cryptocurrency dipped to $45,000 before rebounding to the current level.

Bitcoin presently trading at $49.233.71 per coin as of the time of writing.

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Bitcoin Rebounds To $50,881 Per Coin on Wednesday

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Bitcoin Rebounds To $50,881 Per Coin on Wednesday

Following Elon Musk, Janet Yellen and Bill Gates’ comments that plunged the world’s new gold, Bitcoin, on Monday, the digital asset has rebounded from $48.321 per coin to $50,881.63 as of 10 am Nigerian time on Wednesday.

Bitcoin gained 5 percent in the last 24 hours due to the surge in transactions by investors after Square, a payments giant, announced it has added 3,318 Bitcoin valued at $170 million to its holding of the coin on Tuesday.

Investors carried out 288,011 transactions valued at $16.91 billion in the last 24 hours.

Bitcoin briefly rose to as high as $51,413.61 to pare losses and extend year-to-date returns to 72.29 percent.

The digital currency was trading at an all-time high of $58,332.36 per coin before Elon Musk, the then world’s richest man said the dominant cryptocurrency is “too high too fast”.

Also, Bill Gates, in a recent interview with Bloomberg, said he is not bullish on Bitcoin. The third richest man in the world and the founder of Microsoft said, bitcoin uses too much energy and can cause a lot of trouble for investors who may not have much money to spare like Elon Musk.

He said “Elon has tons of money and he’s very sophisticated, so I don’t worry that his Bitcoin will sort of randomly go up or down,” Gates said during the interview. “I do think people get bought into these manias, who may not have as much money to spare, so I’m not bullish on Bitcoin, and my general thought would be that, if you have less money than Elon, you should probably watch out.

Janet Yellen, the former Chair of Federal Reserve and the present Treasury Secretary of the United States has been vocal about the environmental impact of Bitcoin given the amount of power needed to mine digit tokens.

I don’t think that bitcoin is widely used as a transaction mechanism,” Yellen told the New York Times on Monday. “It’s an extremely inefficient way of conducting transactions and the amount of energy that’s consumed in processing those transactions is staggering.

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