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Bitcoin Scales $58K for First Time; YTD Gain Over 98%

For all of 2020, bitcoin rose 305%.

Feb 21, 2021 at 8:18 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 12:14 p.m. UTC

Another day, another all-time high for the leading cryptocurrency.

  • Bitcoin (BTC) on Sunday set a new high water mark of $58,332.36, bringing the leading cryptocurrency's year-to-date gain to over 100% less than two months into the year. For all of 2020, BTC rose 305%.
  • At press time, the price settled back to $58,148.31, up 2.3% over the last 24 hours, and cutting the YTD gain to over 98%.
  • Some are attributing the eye-popping rise to tremendous demand from buyers looking to hedge against inflation as governments keep spending and central banks keep printing money in a desperate effort to keep their economies afloat during the pandemic. Yet, despite all the printing and spending of fiat money, the key indicators aren’t reflecting inflation at all
  • “Through the insatiable buy-side pressure from exchange-traded fund (ETF) issuers, closed-end funds and large public corporations adding bitcoin to their positions, demand is massively outstripping supply,” said John Willock, chief executive at digital asset exchange Blocktane. 
  • The current ramp-up in the price of BTC was ignited earlier this month by Tesla, when the electric-automobile manufacturer said it had purchased $1.5 billion of the cryptocurrency for its treasury. This sparked a round of playing "who's next?" in terms of investing treasury funds in BTC and the resulting hype helped focus the attention of main street investors on the sector overall.
  • Some have speculated that the series of all-time highs reached over the last several days is at least partly due to BTC-hungry MicroStrategy, which on Friday morning said it had raised more than $1 billion of debt in order to fund even more purchases of the cryptocurrency. The price of BTC has risen more than $5,000 since the company's announcement.

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