Market Roundup: Hong Kong’s CBDC Initiative, Elon Musk’s Crypto Moves, and Nissan’s Metaverse Dive

Written by BTSE

March 8, 2024

Market Roundup: Hong Kong’s CBDC Initiative, Elon Musk’s Crypto Moves, and Nissan’s Metaverse Dive

Welcome to this week’s market roundup, where we navigate through the labyrinth of the crypto market’s recent fluctuations.

Token Prices

(As of 12:00 PM Singapore Time, March 8, 2024)

This week was nothing short of a rollercoaster for digital currency enthusiasts, with Bitcoin taking the spotlight for its large fluctuations. Amid the market’s whirlwind, we’ve seen tokens like Bitcoin and Ethereum exhibit movements that have kept traders on the edge of their seats, providing a vivid illustration of potentially exciting times ahead, as investors prepare themselves for a crypto bull market. 

In the realm of price movements, Bitcoin soared to an impressive high of almost $69,000, only to experience a sharp downturn, dropping to lows of $61K before making a swift recovery back to $67,000 by this Friday morning. This ‘V-shape’ correction has stirred a wave of optimism among analysts, who are now eyeing a potential surge to $76,000. Similarly, Ethereum demonstrated remarkable resilience; after plunging from its peak of $3.8K to $3.3K, it bounced back, achieving weekly highs post-recovery. The current standings, with Bitcoin at $67K and Ethereum at $3.9K, each marking an uptick of 2 to 3 percent from the week’s tumultuous journey, are a testament to the dynamic and unpredictable canvas of the crypto market.

These dramatic shifts are not just numbers on a chart; they encapsulate the fervent activity within the crypto space, offering a glimpse into the speculative fervor that drives market sentiment. While Bitcoin took the spotlight this week – as it often has done in recent months – sentiment around Ethereum is no less positive, as Bitwise analysts projecting a bullish run for Ethereum up to $10,000—a figure that may have seemed far-fetched just a year ago when the token was valued at $1.4K, but far less so now—there’s a palpable sense of anticipation for what the future holds. As we dissect these movements and peer into the analysts’ forecasts, it’s clear that the allure of cryptocurrencies continues to captivate the imagination of investors, both seasoned and new entrants, navigating through the highs and lows in search of lucrative opportunities.

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


Web3 News


  • Hong Kong’s Central Bank Launches Wholesale CBDC: The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has initiated Project Ensemble, a wholesale CBDC (central bank digital currency) endeavor aimed at bolstering the tokenization market. This project will explore innovative financial market infrastructure for seamless interbank settlements of tokenized money, focusing initially on tokenized deposits. With Hong Kong’s history of exploring wholesale CBDCs since 2017 and its ongoing research into retail CBDCs, Project Ensemble represents a significant step towards integrating tokenized real-world assets, like green bonds and carbon credits, into the financial system. This venture may eventually lead to live issuance of wCBDC, highlighting Hong Kong’s commitment to maintaining a leading position in financial innovation.


  • Tesla and SpaceX’s Bitcoin Holdings: Elon Musk’s companies, Tesla and SpaceX, have been discovered to collectively hold approximately $1.3 billion in Bitcoin, according to a report by Arkham Intelligence. The analysis reveals that Tesla’s and SpaceX’s Bitcoin assets are substantially more than previously estimated, with the two companies navigating through the volatile crypto market to achieve significant profits. This finding highlights the substantial cryptocurrency investments of Musk’s enterprises and sheds light on the broader acceptance and integration of Bitcoin within major corporate portfolios.


  • Nissan’s Metaverse Initiative: Nissan has launched a metaverse experience called “Heritage Cars & Safe Drive Studio” in celebration of its 90th anniversary. This virtual platform on VRChat blends Nissan’s automotive history with driver education, featuring iconic models like the Silvia Q’s S13 and Skyline 2000GTX-E. Users can interact with exhibits that focus on vehicle safety, pedestrian awareness, and driving multitasking. The experience, developed alongside Japanese researchers and available on the Meta Quest headset, underscores Nissan’s innovative approach to combining technology with automotive heritage.


  • Nirvana Cloud for Blockchain Applications: Nirvana Labs introduces Nirvana Cloud, a cloud computing service tailored for blockchain applications, aiming to provide a more efficient alternative to traditional cloud services like AWS and Google Cloud. With $1.7 million in pre-seed funding, Nirvana Cloud boasts clients such as Chainlink and Avalanche. By minimizing virtualization, Nirvana Cloud offers cost-effective, high-performance computing for Web3 technologies, distinguishing itself with dedicated “bare metal” servers for each client to ensure optimal performance for blockchain tasks.


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  • JPMorgan’s Analysis on Bitcoin vs. Gold: JPMorgan analysts have deemed it unrealistic for Bitcoin to match gold in notional amounts within investors’ portfolios. Despite Bitcoin surpassing gold in volatility-adjusted terms, the significant difference in risk levels—Bitcoin being about 3.7 times more volatile—means its notional portfolio allocation would be substantially lower compared to gold. They predict a realistic size for spot Bitcoin ETFs, based on current trends, could reach around $62 billion in the next 2-3 years, reflecting a measured but optimistic view on Bitcoin’s role in investment strategies.


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