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.”
Bitcoin Price Shoots Past $60K, Ether Hits New All-Time High in Early Saturday Trading
Bitcoin’s price neared its all-time high of $61,712 early Saturday while ether (ETH, -0.26%) set a new all-time high at $2,190.
According to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin price page, the leading cryptocurrency traded above $60,000 for the first time in nearly a month after spending weeks vacillating between $52,000 and the upper $50,000s. Bitcoin pulled back marginally after peaking around $60,900, though it remains above the psychological marker as of press time.
Bitcoin last hit an all-time high in mid-March, according to CoinGecko.
Meanwhile ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, came close to $2,200, just days after breaching $2,100 for the first time.
While it’s unclear if there’s a causation, the price action comes just days before leading U.S. exchange Coinbase begins trading on Nasdaq in one of the crypto industry’s most anticipated events. A sign of the maturing market, the listing will likely give Wall Street traders their most accessible bet yet on growth in the space.
Some institutional investors have wasted little time. Friday, Daniel Loeb, CEO of $17 billion hedge fund Third Point revealed he was a hodler in response to a CoinDesk report. He’s hardly alone: institutional funds have flooded the markets and have been deemed at least partly responsible for the 2020-2021 rally.
Bitcoin bulls were further bolstered on Friday by the idea that an exchange-traded fund (ETF) with exposure to the digital asset space might be approved in 2021, after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) confirmed it was reviewing ETF giant WisdomTree’s application.
The regulator previously began reviewing VanEck’s ETF application last month, and another six companies have filed initial registration forms declaring their own efforts to launch a regulated bitcoin (BTC, -0.99%) investment vehicle.
The broader digital asset space has seen tremendous froth over the past few months, with investors and industry participants trading heavily in decentralized finance tools, non-fungible tokens and altcoins like doge, which hit a peak of $0.08 in February, eight times its value a month earlier.
Bitcoin Futures Open Interest Surges by 130% in 2021, While Gold’s Drop 17%
Data calculated by Finbold indicates that bitcoin futures open interest on various exchanges has grown by 133.74% between January and March 30, 2021, from $9.66 billion to $22.58 billion. In February, the value was at $10.88 billion.
The spike in bitcoin futures open interest reflects the surge in the asset’s price, initiated mainly by the entry of institutional investors into the sector.
Institutions might be considering adding more bitcoin to portfolio
The report explains what the rising bitcoin open future means in relation to institutional investors. According to the research report:
“The growth in open interest might also indicate institutions from traditional finance are considering adding more bitcoin exposure to their portfolios. As institutional investors continue hedging using futures, the demand for leverage increases.”
Elsewhere, gold futures open interest has plunged between January and March 2021 by 17.54%, from $116.30 billion to $95.90 billion. In February, the value of gold open interest futures was $107.7 billion. During this period, the price of gold has also plunged by at least 9%.
The analysis explains why gold open interest futures have plunged. According to the research report:
“The open gold futures have plunged in the first three months of 2021, correlating with the precious metal’s price fluctuations. The decreasing open interest in gold suggests that the buying power is drying up, and thus at least a corrective downswing is to be expected.”
The growth in bitcoin open futures offers validation for cryptocurrency supporters to believe the asset will eventually replace gold as the store of value. However, despite bitcoin surging, it is still miles away from surpassing gold in terms of the value of the open interest futures.
Tesla Now Accept Bitcoin, Says Elon Musk
Elon Musk, the Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Inc., on Wednesday announced that customers in the United States can now purchase Tesla vehicles with Bitcoin.
The billionaire industrial designer disclosed in a series of tweets via his official handle @elonmusk.
You can now buy a Tesla with Bitcoin
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 24, 2021
He, however, explained that the electric vehicle manufacturing company is using only internally developed and open-source software for the transactions, saying it operates Bitcoin nodes directly.
Musk added that Bitcoin paid to the company will be kept as Bitcoin and not converted to fiat currency.
“Tesla is using only internal & open source software & operates Bitcoin nodes directly. Bitcoin paid to Tesla will be retained as Bitcoin, not converted to fiat currency.
“Pay by Bitcoin capability available outside US later this year.”
The new initiative by the world’s leading electric vehicle manufacturing company will help push Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to the mainstream, especially given Elon Musk and Tesla brand reach in the United States, the world’s largest economy.
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