Archive March 2021

Treasury Yields, Interest Rates, $1.9T Stimulus–What Does It Mean for BTC?

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As changes in US monetary policy continue, more institutional investors appear to be stacking BTC.

Bitcoin (BTC) reached another new all-time high last Saturday, March 13th, with its passage over $61,680. However, BTC was unable to maintain levels over $60K for the rest of the week. It slid briefly below $54K on Tuesday and has since recovered to nearly $58K at press time.

A number of analysts attribute the short spike above $60K to the passage of the so-called ‘American Rescue Plan’ on March 10th. The bill included plans to distribute roughly $1.9 trillion in stimulus payments across the United States economy. Officials at the US Federal Reserve have expressed that they expect to keep interest rates close to zero until at least 2024. Both factors have caused concern that USD inflation is in the relatively near future.

According to Coindesk, concerns about inflation were ignited by a marked increase in the 10-year Treasury note yield. The figure surpassed 1.75% for the first time since January 2020, two months before the pandemic began. While higher yields on long-term U.S. Treasuries can signal an increase in investor confidence, they can also be a signal of concern over rising inflation.

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Point Bitcoin by Rakuten Point Club launched

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Rakuten Inc Thursday announced the launch of Point Bitcoin by Rakuten Point Club, a service that enables users to experience trading Bitcoin, a type of crypto asset (virtual currency), using Rakuten Points, Rakuten’s loyalty program. The new service is easily accessible to all Rakuten members in Japan with a Rakuten ID and Rakuten Points.

Point Bitcoin by Rakuten Point Club provides two points of entry to users: Through the Rakuten Point Club app or through the dedicated Point Bitcoin by Rakuten Point Club webpage on the Rakuten Point Club official site. Users simply access the service through the app or webpage, set the number of points they wish to invest, and start using the service. The selected number of Rakuten Points automatically fluctuates in tandem with the trading price of Bitcoin, which is regularly updated on a chart on the service webpage.

Trading is possible with a quantity of 100 or more Rakuten Points and withdrawals can be made in amounts as small as one point. In addition to the online shopping mall Rakuten Ichiba and other online services provided by the Rakuten Group, Rakuten Points can also be used at brick-and-mortar Rakuten Point Card-affiliated businesses across Japan, including convenience stores, pharmacies, and restaurants.

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Spanish Ministry of Economy Proposes to Create a Financial Customer Ombudsman for Crypto-Related Matters

Crypto regulation in Spain remains on the political talks amid the current bull-run seen in the bitcoin prices. Now, the country’s Ministry of the Economy is about to create a new Financial Customer Ombudsman for crypto-related matters.

Independent Financial Customer Body Will Abide by the MiCA Ruling

Per La Información, Minister Nadia Calviño seeks to extend its guardianship to the financial body to cover topics such as protecting consumers in cryptocurrency services. To make it a reality, the minister will submit the initial proposal to a public consultancy “as soon as possible.”

Overall, Calviño also wants to canalize all conflicts between banks and their customers through the Financial Customer Ombudsman, including all businesses in the fintech sector.

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Cardano losing steam amid profit taking

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Over the past week, the bears took a grip on the crypto as its value plunged by  13.16%.

he fifth most valuable crypto is currently witnessing some sell-offs amid high profit-taking and a rising U.S dollar.

At press time, Cardano’s price was $1.06  with a daily trading volume of $5.3 billion. Cardano is down 4.68% for the day. It was the biggest one-day percentage loss since February 23.

It’s now the 5th most valuable crypto asset with a market value of about $34 billion.  At its highest, the popular crypto designed to help African farmers ease their payment challenges had a valuation of $41.6 billion.

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Goldman Sachs – Crypto Adoption is Going to Boom

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With the cryptocurrency market capitalization hitting $1.75 trillion, Wall Street investment banking giant Goldman Sachs states that the cryptocurrency adoption has just begun.

“The pandemic has been a significant accelerant. There is no question in our mind there will be more digital commerce … and (use of) digital money.”

John Waldron, President and COO of Goldman Sachs, in a Reuter’s report on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, has stated that the growth of e-commerce against the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic will pave way for an “explosion” in the use of cryptocurrencies.

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American Residential Warranty (ARW) Invests in Bitcoin (BTC)

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American Residential Warranty (ARW) has announced that it’s now adding bitcoin (BTC) to its balance sheet and will accept the world’s flagship crypto as a legitimate payment option for its services.

ARW Joins the Bitcoin Movement 

American Residential Warranty (ARW), a Florida-based home warranty plan company established in 2009, has revealed via a recent statement that it’s now looking to add bitcoin (BTC) to its balance sheet.

To make its bitcoin investment move as seamless as possible, ARW has joined forces with the Gemini crypto exchange. Gemini will help ARW to purchase the crypto and provide custodial services to the latter. 

ARW says its decision to start playing an active role in the cryptocurrency ecosystem stems from the fact that large firms such as MicroStrategy, Microsoft, Square and Tesla, among others have invested in and integrated bitcoin into their processes in recent times and those forward-thinking moves have been yielding great results.

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Bitcoin Spikes to New Record High Over $60K

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After a period of drops and consolidation since Mid-February, Bitcoin has found its mojo again and soared to new all-time highs.

  • In a sudden move starting just after 10:00 UTC Saturday, the top cryptocurrency by market cap rose to $60,065.15, according to the CoinDesk 20.
  • “Bitcoin is testing the sound barrier at $60k, and institutional investment continues to build momentum with Chinese internet firm Meitu the latest to execute a Bitcoin treasury strategy, ” according to Jehan Chu, co-founder and managing partner of Kenetic, a Hong Kong-based trading firm.
  • “Further, Beeple’s $69 milllion NFT record demonstrates the true power of crypto, adding curiosity and fuel to the retail fire. Expect volatility but a landing of $100k levels by Q3,” he said.

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Central Banks are Running Scared of Cryptocurrencies

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It’s one thing when your worst fears remain in your mind, but when they manifest in your markets, then it’s time to gear up for action.

A growing number of high profile investors and institutions are cottoning on to cryptocurrencies and central bankers are running concerned.

Itwas easy for Samantha Reid to ignore the signs at first — a tracking cookie on her computer (who didn’t have those?) and the sense that someone was following her after she knocked off work.

But she dismissed those fears, convinced that they were always bigger in her mind than they were in her reality.

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Ethereum price dips below $1,500 in midst of marketwide correction

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The last 24 hours were marked with a lot of drama for Ether, especially as the premier altcoin was beginning to showcase signs of another breakout after scaling up to the $1,625 mark. However, after hovering around the $1,600 region for around 12 hours running, the currency started to slide rapidly, dropping by a staggering 7% within no time. As a result, the second-largest cryptocurrency by total market capitalization is now sitting at $1,480.

This latest downward trend comes a few days after the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell acknowledged he "would be concerned" by tightening financial conditions, especially as the American government's bond yields have been putting an increasing amount of pressure on borrowing costs.

Commenting on the subject, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange OKEx, Jay Hao, pointed out to Finder that in the wake of US Treasury yields beginning to rise — with 10-year yield levels rising to their highest since February 2020 — most crypto assets including Ethereum have taken a hit and may continue to be at the receiving end of some solid bearish momentum, adding:

"We're also approaching a year since the March 12 selloff and a month that is traditionally challenging for cryptocurrencies and other risk assets. So, I believe that the near-term outlook for Ethereum is neutral. There are some significant headwinds but if ETH bulls can maintain this newfound momentum, we could see it testing the $2K level once again."

Should Tesla sell its Bitcoin position? Here’s a former Goldman Sachs exec’s take

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Bitcoin‘s characteristics and its recent price rally have both contributed to companies gravitating towards it, with Tesla, the prominent American electric vehicle and clean energy company, being one of them. In fact, CEO Elon Musk’s support for Bitcoin may have also prompted the company to include Bitcoin in its portfolio. However, with the cryptocurrency market correcting itself over the past few months, Tesla has seen some heavy losses.

When Tesla had announced its investment of $1.5 billion in Bitcoin, the stock price for TSLA was also climbing, with the same hitting $900 in late January. However, since hitting an ATH of over $58,000 on the charts, drawdowns have been the norm in the cryptocurrency market, with BTC trading under $50,000 for most of the past few days. Needless to say, Bitcoin’s retracement has impacted TSLA’s position in the stock market too.

Over the last month or so, the value of TSLA has fallen by 31% from $871.60 to $600. At the time of writing, TSLA was being traded at $621.44. Curiously, such a fall in the value of the stock was visible all across the stock market.

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