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Bitcoin Prices Rise in Asian Markets Amid Interest Rate Hikes

Asian Bitcoin Rise
Asian Bitcoin Rise

Asian financial markets are seeing a slight increase in Bitcoin prices amidst potential interest rate hikes. Bitcoin has experienced over a 1% surge, trading at $69,000, reflecting the growing reliance of investors on digital assets during economic uncertainties. Nevertheless, the market scenario remains volatile.

The speculation surrounding interest rate hikes has impacted the cryptocurrency market. Despite the unpredictable economic climate, investors continue to trust these currencies’ lucrative potential. However, the importance of staying informed and assessing risks is paramount.

In cryptocurrency news, ARK Invest led by Cathie Wood sold nearly $150M in Coinbase shares last week. Bitcoin investment in South Korea has seen significant growth, even surpassing the country’s stock exchange volumes. Meanwhile, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK has permitted institutional investors to launch crypto Exchange Traded Notes (ETNs), pushing Bitcoin beyond the $71,000 mark.

In reaction to this, Mudrex, an Indian Crypto Investment Platform, intends to provide US Bitcoin ETNs to Indian investors. Moreover, Elon Musk’s Tesla reportedly purchased $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin, further elevating confidence in the cryptocurrency and bullish sentiment in this industry. The decision by FCA can potentially facilitate more institutional crypto investments.

Legal progress in the crypto industry is also noticeable. Wyoming has enacted a new framework for Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs). Meanwhile, the FBI recorded a 53% increase in crypto investment fraud losses, which reached approximately $3.94 billion in 2023. Simultaneously, the IRS is tightening crypto tax rules, and PayPal is venturing into its own crypto services.

Finally, in technology news, Jito, a Solana client developer, discontinued its ‘Mempool’ function. Ethereum’s Dencun upgrade might result in virtually no costs for their Layer-2 blockchains, according to Fidelity Digital Assets. Oyl, a Bitcoin wallet software developer, secured $3 million in funding from investors including Arthur Hayes, the creator of BRC-20, and Domo.

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