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Bitcoin nears $50,000-mark as it hits a record in weekend action

Bitcoin has been buoyed in recent months by endorsements from the likes of Paul Tudor Jones and Stan Druckenmille

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Bitcoin | cryptocurrency | Global Markets

Joanna Ossinger | Bloomberg 

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The world’s largest cryptocurrency reached about $49,344 earlier in the day, and was around $49,202 as of 10:20 a.m. in London.

reached a new record on Sunday, rising above $49,000 for the first time.

The world’s largest reached about $49,344 earlier in the day, and was around $49,202 as of 10:20 a.m. in London. It’s now up about 70 per cent so far this year. Rival Ether hit a record on Saturday and is up about 150 per ent year-to-date.

has been buoyed in recent months by endorsements from the likes of Paul Tudor Jones and Stan Druckenmiller. Bloomberg reported earlier that Morgan Stanley may bet on in its $150 billion investment arm, following news late last week that BNY Mellon plans to service cryptocurrencies for its clients. And that’s after Tesla Inc. put about $1.5 billion into Bitcoin. Skeptics warn the asset class could be in a bubble, however.

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Tesla Boots the Bitcoin Bandwagon Closer to Corporate America

“With each major announcement like the one BNY Mellon made, other institutions are spurred to more rapid adoption and deployment of digital assets,” said Patrick Campos, chief strategy officer at Securrency, a developer of blockchain-based financial and regulatory technology, on Friday.

“Tesla’s recent announcement will embolden other large corporates and institutions to accept crypto as not just a worthy asset class, but perhaps even an essential one. More important, is the corresponding build-out of institutional services to support these developments will trigger other digital assets-related developments within those institutions and in the larger ecosystem.”

Morgan Stanley may bet on Bitcoin in $150-bn unit

A $150-billion Morgan Stanley investing arm, Counterpoint Global, is considering adding Bitcoin to its list of possible bets.

The company is exploring whether the would be a suitable option for its investors, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Moving ahead with investments would require approval by the firm and regulators. Reuters

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First Published: Mon, February 15 2021. 01:00 IST
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