Bitcoin, Ethereum Hit All-Time High; VanEck Makes Bitcoin ETF Fee-Free; XRP’s Overnight Rally

Written by BTSE

March 12, 2024

In an extraordinary show of strength, the cryptocurrency market has once again captured the attention of investors worldwide. Bitcoin (BTC), the pioneer and leading cryptocurrency, surged past the $71,000 mark during the Asian trading hours, setting a new record high. This remarkable achievement comes on the heels of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s approval of spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and further news that the London Stock Exchange would accept Bitcoin and Ethereum Exchange Trades Notes (ETNs). Following this news, for the first time ever, Bitcoin crossed the $70,000 threshold, signalling a bullish momentum that has been building up over recent months.

Meanwhile, Ether (ETH), the native currency of the Ethereum blockchain, also saw a notable increase, crossing the $4,000 milestone on Monday. Much of these price jumps occurred during active trading hours in Asia – and have been linked to record-breaking trading volumes in South Korea, with volumes on local crypto exchanges reportedly surpassing those in the stock market last week. 


XRP Up 20%, Outperforms Large Market Cap Siblings: Ripple (XRP), saw a significant rally overnight, advancing over 20% as it caught up with the broader crypto market upswing. This surge propelled XRP to a $0.74 high, marking its best performance since last November, which at the time was driven by speculation about a potential BlackRock-managed XRP ETF. Prior to this leap, XRP had been trailing in the crypto market, left behind compared to Bitcoin and Ethereum’s recent consistent gains –  having reached a three-year low in its value relative to BTC. In this recent rally, XRP’s 24-hour performance actually outshone even Bitcoin and Ethereum – which currently- lagging token could be next to catch up with Bitcoin and Ethereum’s seemingly endless momentum?

VanEck’s ETF Fees Reduced to Zero: In an effort to gain a competitive edge, VanEck has announced a temporary reduction of its management fee to zero for its spot Bitcoin ETF, HODL. This decision comes as the ETF struggles to amass assets, lagging behind its competitors. With the fee cut set until March 31, 2025, VanEck aims to attract more investors to its product. Could part of Bitcoin’s bullish movements be attributed to free fees on VanEck’s Bitcoin ETF?

MetaMask’s Blockchain-Powered Card: MetaMask is reportedly testing a new mastercard-powered Blockchain card. This collaboration represents a significant milestone, offering an entirely on-chain payment solution that offers users of the popular MetaMask wallet a further bridge between crypto and fiat. Could the popular crypto wallet’s movement lead to more mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency?


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