Market Roundup: Bitcoin Rallies to $64K, American Banks Offer Bitcoin ETFs, and Blast Launches Mainnet

Written by BTSE

March 1, 2024

Market Roundup: Bitcoin Rallies to $64K, American Banks Offer Bitcoin ETFs, and Blast Launches Mainnet

Welcome to the latest edition of our Market Roundup, where we delve into the key movements and trends that have shaped the world of blockchain and digital currencies over the past week.

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(As of 11:15 AM Singapore Time, March 1, 2024)

This week, the crypto market has once again demonstrated its inherent volatility and potential for dramatic shifts, capturing the attention of both seasoned traders and newcomers alike. Amid a backdrop of significant developments and growing institutional interest, we’ve witnessed substantial fluctuations in key cryptocurrencies, underscoring the dynamic nature of this rapidly evolving market.

Bitcoin (BTC), the leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization, reached a high of $64K, marking its highest level since November 2021, before experiencing a significant correction to $59K. A bout of price recoveries soon followed and BTC’s price appears to have settled at around $61K this morning. Ethereum (ETH) saw its own set of fluctuations, oscillating between $3.2K and $3.5K, while Solana (SOL) rode its roller coaster from $108 to $122, and back. With the market’s rapid movements, analysts are seeing market movements in crypto – the likes of which haven’t been seen in years. This week’s price action highlights the speculative enthusiasm and investor confidence that continue to drive the market forward.

Analysts attribute this week’s market volatility to a combination of factors, including Morgan Stanley’s consideration of spot Bitcoin ETFs and the record-breaking trading volumes spurred by BlackRock’s Bitcoin ETF. Such milestones not only reflect the market’s vibrant dynamics but also signify the growing integration of cryptocurrencies into mainstream finance. With Bitcoin poised to close February with a 44% gain, its largest monthly advance since December 2020, and U.S.-listed spot Bitcoin ETFs seeing high demand against a backdrop of constrained supply, the narrative around cryptocurrencies is increasingly one of legitimacy and long-term potential. Reports from Bloomberg indicate that major financial institutions like Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo are now offering spot Bitcoin ETFs to their clients, further emphasizing the sector’s broadening appeal.

As we continue to navigate the complexities of the crypto market, these developments serve as a reminder of the sector’s maturation and the expanding role of digital assets in the broader financial ecosystem. With institutional players increasingly making their presence felt, the future of finance appears to be inextricably linked with the evolution of cryptocurrency.

For more comprehensive analyses and in-depth insights into the latest market movements, visit the BTSE blog for regular updates.

 

Web3 News

 

  • Bank of America and Wells Fargo Offer Bitcoin ETFs: Bank of America’s Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo are broadening their financial services by offering spot Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to their clients. This development, reported by Bloomberg and cited by individuals familiar with the matter, marks a significant move as it introduces cryptocurrency investment opportunities directly through these major U.S. brokerages. The inclusion of Bitcoin ETFs on their platforms follows the industry’s curiosity regarding when prominent brokerages would make such funds accessible to their clients, potentially attracting more investment into the Bitcoin market​.

 

  • Blast’s Mainnet Launch: The Ethereum Layer 2 network Blast has officially launched its mainnet, allowing over 180,000 early access users who have collectively locked over $2.3 billion in assets, to withdraw their funds. Created by Tieshun Roquerre, founder of the NFT marketplace Blur, Blast aims to offer a native yield model for ether and stablecoins, promising interest rates of 4% for ether and 5% for stablecoins. This platform’s launch signifies a major advancement in the Ethereum ecosystem, emphasizing the growing interest and investment in Layer 2 scaling solutions​.

 

  • IOTA Invests in Digital Trade Startups: IOTA’s Ecosystem Foundation, based in the UAE, is investing $10 million in startups focused on digital trade and the tokenization of real-world assets. This strategic move aims to foster the development of trade technology ventures in the UAE and Africa, marking IOTA’s commitment to enhancing the global trade ecosystem through blockchain technology. The foundation’s registration in the UAE led to a significant increase in the value of IOTA’s token, signaling market optimism for its future initiatives​.

 

Stories You May Have Missed

 

  • US Lawmakers Block SEC Crypto Custody Rules: In a notable bipartisan effort, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee has voted to overturn SEC’s Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 121, which had previously restricted banks from offering crypto custody services. This move, championed by both Republican and Democrat representatives, aims to protect consumers by enabling highly regulated banks to act as custodians for digital assets. The resolution, which still requires approval from both the House and Senate, represents a significant stride towards integrating digital assets into traditional banking frameworks​.

 

  • Clone Launches on Solana: Clone, a new protocol on the Solana blockchain, announced the launch of its public mainnet, introducing “cloned assets” or “clAssets” for trading non-native tokens. This innovation aims to simplify the trading process on Solana, allowing users to leverage the blockchain’s fast transaction speeds and low fees without leaving the Solana ecosystem. Clone’s approach provides liquidity providers with access to leveraged and cross-margined liquidity pools, signaling a significant step towards enhancing token tradeability within the Solana network​.

 

  • Portal’s Airdrop and Market Cap: Portal, an Ethereum gaming token, has launched its airdrop, quickly achieving a $425 million market cap. This cross-chain platform focuses on enhancing the gaming experience by integrating staking rewards, nodes, and other features, aiming to serve as a central hub for crypto and NFT games across multiple networks. The successful launch reflects the growing interest and investment in blockchain-based gaming, marking an important milestone for Portal and its community​.

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