Bitcoin’s Rebound, Ethereum’s Future, and Crypto in Sports and Finance

Written by BTSE

March 21, 2024

In a vivid rebound from yesterday’s setbacks, the cryptocurrency market witnessed a surge today, with Bitcoin (BTC) eclipsing the $67K mark, buoyed by dovish Federal Reserve remarks. This bounce-back starkly contrasts with the prior day’s slump, where Bitcoin fell to $61,628 and Ethereum (ETH) declined by 20% over the week. The Fed’s reassurance of three impending rate cuts by year’s end, quelling inflation concerns, spurred a rally across crypto and traditional markets alike.

Ethereum notably recouped losses, climbing to $3,853, amid regulatory uncertainties and broader market optimism sparked by Coinbase’s announcement on futures contracts for altcoins. This swift recovery illustrates the digital asset market’s responsiveness to macroeconomic cues and regulatory news, highlighting its resilience and the complex interplay between economic policies and investor sentiment.

 

What to Watch Out for Today

  1. NBA’s Haliburton Eyes Crypto Salary: Tyrese Haliburton, an NBA All-Star, is open to receiving part of his salary in Ethereum, highlighting the growing intersection of sports and digital assets. As the NBA integrates more technology, such as NFTs, players like Haliburton are leading the charge. Athletes entering crypto could signal new investment avenues and broader adoption. Long ETH?

 

  1. BlackRock Dives into Digital Assets: After depositing $100M in USDC on Ethereum, BlackRock now holds $40,000 in meme coins and NFTs. This activity follows the firm’s establishment of a tokenization fund in partnership with Securitize. Since the deposit, unnamed users have sent BlackRock a variety of digital assets, including notable tokens and NFTs. With major financial institutions exploring crypto, it might be time to watch the digital asset space more closely.

 

  1. SEC Delays Decision on Ether ETF: The SEC has pushed its decision on the VanEck Ether ETF application to May 23, inviting public input amid ongoing scrutiny of Ether’s legal status. This move extends the uncertainty around Ether ETFs, despite previous approvals for futures-based variants. With the regulatory landscape for cryptocurrencies under intense review, this delay highlights the challenges of integrating digital assets into mainstream finance. Could this delay hint at a more comprehensive regulatory framework for crypto ETFs, or is it another roadblock for Ether’s mainstream financial integration?

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