- Price Point: Bitcoin was trading slightly up on Monday after hitting lows over the weekend on recession fears.
- Market Moves: The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust has sunk to new lows as institutional interest wanes.
Bitcoin (BTC) was trading up slightly on the day after reaching lows of $18,635 over the weekend as concerns over a potential global recession triggered by higher interest rates and energy shortages heightened.
The British pound crashed to a record low against the U.S. dollar on Monday as fears grew about the stability of U.K. government finances. British government officials said that the Bank of England may need to step in with an emergency rate increase to calm market nerves about the government’s economic plans.
Ether (ETH), the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, was down 1% on the day to about $1,300 after hitting lows of $1,200 over the weekend.
In the news, Bank of America said in a research report that cryptocurrencies continue to act as risk assets. The report said that positive signs of an eventual recovery include stablecoin inflows.
Last week, those inflows jumped 58% from the previous week to $490 million, the report said, as “real-world use cases like payments/remittances are adopted and real-world data providers like decentralized oracle networks increase functionality.”
The purpose of the testing is to "explore innovative use cases" that could be supported by the issuance of a CBDC, a media release said.
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Grayscale Bitcoin Trust Hits Lows on Less Institutional Interest
By Lyllah Ledesma
The Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) discount, a key crypto market metric, has sunk to a record low as institutional interest in Greyscale wanes.
The trust, often referred to by its stock-trading symbol GBTC, is a type of investment vehicle that allows U.S. investors to gain exposure to price movements of BTC.
On Monday, GBTC was trading at a 35.18% discount compared with the value of its underlying assets. GBTC began trading at a discount after the first North American bitcoin exchange-traded fund in Canada in February 2021 launched.
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