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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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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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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Bitcoin Falls to $48K as Fed’s Powell Makes No New Promises

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Bitcoin’s price fell by the most in a week after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell acknowledged he “would be concerned” by tightening financial conditions because rising U.S. government-bond yields put upward pressure on borrowing costs.

The comments might signal more hesitation in providing fresh monetary stimulus. Bitcoin prices quadrupled last year and have rallied 66% this year on speculation the cryptocurrency could serve as an inflation hedge in the face of trillions of dollars of money printing by central banks around the world.

As of press time, bitcoin was changing hands around $48,204, down about 4.5% over the past 24 hours.

Powell said in a question-and-answer session with the Wall Street Journal he doesn’t expect higher inflation to persist and that the central bank is still “a long way from our goals” of an economic recovery and lower unemployment.

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World’s first bitcoin ETF soars past $500 million in assets under management

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The world's first bitcoin exchange traded fund is off to a hot start. The Purpose Investments bitcoin ETF now has more than $590 million in assets under management after launching just one week ago.

The ETF was the first physically settled Bitcoin ETF to win approval and began trading in Canada on Thursday. It now gives investors a more direct way to invest in bitcoin relative to other closed-end funds like the popular Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) and a less direct way than outright owning bitcoin through an individual wallet.

Purpose Investments Chief Investment Officer Greg Taylor told Yahoo Finance that the inflows are proof of pent-up demand among investors looking for a more familiar way to gain exposure to cryptocurrencies.

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Nvidia to release software to block cryptocurrency mining on its GeForce GPUs

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American technology major Nvidia is all set to roll-out GeForce RTX 3060, the company's latest and most powerful Graphics Processing Unit later this month.

This is designed primarily for delivering the best user experience for gaming and professional work, but the GPU can also be used for other power-intense tasks including gene sequencing, weather simulations, and cryptocurrency mining. 

With Bitcoin, Etherium, and other digital currency gaining a lot of value, there is an increased interest among tech enthusiasts to mine cryptocurrency and this has led to a lot of demand for powerful graphics cards.

Apparently, Nvidia is struggling to meet the demand for its GPUs in the market and expects the new GeForce RTX 3060 series may not reach the pro-gamers. It is worrying that cryptocurrency miners may create a shortage of computer peripherals.

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Why Bitcoin’s price is three weeks ahead of its April target of $62968

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Bitcoin’s price hit yet another ATH, above $56421 based on data from coinmarketcap.com. The market capitalization of the asset is well above $1 Trillion and the 24-hour trade volume on exchanges is up 26.64 percent. While on-chain analysis of Bitcoin points towards a bearish sentiment, Panteral Capital has a bullish projection and perspective on the current price rally. Pantera Capital’s Bitcoin fund is the best-performing one by far, followed closely by Grayscale, and the performance of their Bitcoin fund signals that Bitcoin’s price is 3 weeks ahead of their projected target for February 2021.

o put things in perspective, based on the above chart of Pantera’s S2F projections, Bitcoin’s price was predicted to hit $52943 in March of 2021, precisely in the second week. However, with the asset trading at $55600 currently, it is clearly 3 weeks ahead of schedule, heading towards the target for April, $62968.

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Canada’s First Bitcoin ETF Hits $421.8M AUM in Two Days

Tanzeel AkhtarSat, February 20, 2021, 2:20 PM·1 min read

The first publicly traded bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) in North America has collected $421.8 million in assets under management (AUM) in two days.

  • Purpose Investment’s bitcoin ETF officially started trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the ticker “BTCC” on Thursday.
  • The fund has seen huge interest, trading well over $100 million shares on its first day, and by the end of Friday it had collected $421.8 million AUM.

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