The cryptocurrency market has seen a sudden surge in its prices after an extended bear run. Popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin [BTC], XRP, and Ethereum [ETH], were all passengers on the bull rocket after one-hour charts showed massive spikes.
At the time of writing, Bitcoin was growing by 4.03% in just one-hour, with a total market cap of $59.237 billion. The cryptocurrency was trading for $3,427.12, with a 24-hour market volume of $4.047 billion.
A majority of the cryptocurrency’s trade volume was occupied by BitMEX, with a total hold on $1.261 billion worth of Bitcoin. BitMEX was closely followed by CoinBene, which had 3.52% of the entire Bitcoin trade taking place on the platform.
The spike saw Bitcoin climb from $3,228.3 to $3,400.68 in an unprecedented vertical climb. Bitcoin was also in the news recently when Erik FInamann, a teenager who ended up becoming a Bitcoin millionaire during the 2017 bull-run, stated that the cryptocurrency was dead. In an interview, said:
“Bitcoin is dead, it’s too fragmented, there’s tons of infighting I just don’t think it will last. It may have a bull market or two left in it, but long-term, its dead.”
Bitcoin’s time in the spotlight was also extended by Tone Vays, a popular trader and one of the cryptocurrency’s major proponents. He had said that Bitcoin’s use cases is more than a Store of Value and is a hard set currency that will benefit the people. In his words:
“So eventually, you run out of weak currency to spend and you have to spend hard currency. Right, so you’re only spending the weak currency while you have it, eventually you don’t have it, eventually you don’t want it, right, if everyone is spending it who wants it.”
76467|Ripple partner SBI Holdings announces foray into mining space; will compete with giants Nvidia and Bitmain
SBI Holdings, Inc. announced the establishment of its chip mining arm, the SBI Mining Chip Co., Ltd or SBIMC. With this development, the Tokyo-based firm will foray into the manufacturing of mining chips, a strategic move to enhance its existing digital asset business.
The official notice issued by the financial giant stated that the SBI Group practiced its digital asset mining business overseas, and now planned to diversify its potential business scope.
SBI group partnered with a US-based semiconductor firm to roll out the new manufacturing unit. The group, which is a strong advocate of a wide range of businesses based on blockchain elucidated,
“The SBI Group will promote efficient, reliable and sustainable mining operations to develop a sound and solid cryptocurrency market.”
SBIMC will be led by Adam Traidman, who was an investor in the company and also served at NASA previously. Among his many accomplishments, Traiman formerly served as the CEO in Chip Estimate and WearSens.
SBIMC will be leading chip manufacturer, Nvidia’s latest competitor. The Taiwan-based firm sustained losses during the crypto-winter, but it recovered after the recent acquisition of Mellanox, a semiconductor player. The Bitcoin mining giant, Nvidia, had predicted a bullish crypto market was confident of clearing its stockpiled mining equipment. The chipmaker was also reported as the worst performer in the S&P 500 list, at the end of 2018.
Another big rival in the mining ecosystem is Bitmain. The Beijing-based mining giant has also been operating poorly after registering a loss amounting to $500 million, owing to the massive crashes in cryptocurrency prices.
76216|Anthony Pompliano’s Morgan Creek Digital Capital makes strategic investment propagating mass crypto adoption
The cryptocurrency market was helped along in its pursuit of mass adoption, with many proponents of the space lending a helping hand. The latest news about the bigger players in the cryptoverse included the tie-up between Morgan Creek Digital Capital and Ikigai Asset Management.
The official release stated,
“Morgan Creek Digital announced today that it will be the lead anchor investor in Ikigai Asset Management’s flagship fund focused on executing systematic and fundamental liquid hedge fund strategies as well as opportunistic venture-stage crypto asset investments. Ikigai is a crypto asset management firm launched in December 2018 by former Point72 Portfolio Manager Travis Kling and partners Timothy Lewis, and Anthony Emtman.”
Morgan Creek Digital partner, Anthony Pompliano, is a voracious supporter of Bitcoin, and has held a bullish viewpoint about the world’s largest cryptocurrency. Post the partnership with Ikigai, Pompliano talked about the company’s positive devleopments, and claimed that they were well-positioned to capture the outstanding returns brought by cryptocurrencies in the coming future.
Ikigai Chief Investment Officer Travis Kling said,
“DLT and crypto assets are fundamentally changing our world. We are honored to receive this investment from Morgan Creek Digital and look forward to working closely together with Mark, Jason, and Pomp in this exciting arena.”
Pompliano recently sat down with Galaxy Digital’s Mike Novogratz to discuss elements like liquidity, trust and custody that need to be given a boost. Novogratz stated that the cryptocurrency market was presently a booming place of business, especially with the entry of companies like JP Morgan, Telegram and Facebook. He further claimed that it was a big opportunity to invest, with Wall Street sentiments changing. The Galaxy Digital CEO added,
“Wall street earlier thought that you shouldn’t take risks on something small like cryptocurrencies. They are getting close though, not doing anything but are getting really ready. We are anyway working hard on the security token business and I promise you this, the upcoming tokens and ICOs will be a lot bigger but less sexy.”
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