Bitcoin prices ascended to a record high Saturday, vaulting over a psychological milestone at $60,000, a move that may reaffirm to bullish crypto-asset investors that the path forward for digital assets is higher.
was trading hands at $59,781, after hitting a fresh all-time high at $60,322.60, according to CoinDesk.
The new mark for the world’s most popular crypto comes after a relatively fallow period for the asset whose gains have been attributed to greater adoption by a clutch of prominent institutional investors.
The jump above $60,000 also means that bitcoin has taken less than a month to traverse another $10,000 milestone, after hitting $50,000 back in mid February.
Bitcoin broke the $20,000 barrier, one that it hadn’t come close to since December of 2017, less than three months ago.
|Date||Bitcoin $ milestone|
|September of 2017||$5,000|
|November of 2017||$10,000|
|December of 2020||$20,000|
|Jan. 2, 2021||$30,000|
|Jan. 7, 2021||$40,000|
|Feb. 16, 2021||$50,000|
|March 13, 2021||$60,000|
There’s no immediate catalyst for bitcoin’s recent move higher but it does come as interest in blockchain, the technology that underpins the decentralized asset, has exploded.
So-called nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, which use block chain as a way to authenticate ownership of assets and collectibles, have gone mainstream. The popularity of the once-niche area was highlighted last week when the artwork of Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple, sold for a record-breaking $69.3 million at a Christie’s online auction, marking the third most-expensive work of art sold by a living artist, and the most expensive NFT-related sale.
Whether the NFT craze marks a new level of irrational exuberance in cryptos, however, remains to be seen.
NFTs tend to be pegged to another crypto asset Ether
on Ethereum’s blockchain but the fervor for the cryptographic authentication has lifted the market for digital assets across the board, experts say.
More broadly, the rise of bitcoin has been tied to gaining institutional interest from the likes of Tesla Inc.
which said that it bought $1.5 billion in bitcoins. Meanwhile,
PayPal Holdings Inc.
back in November opened up its cryptocurrency platform to all U.S. customers after conducting a more narrow rollout.
Several high-profile Wall Street investors, including Stanley Druckenmiller and Paul Tudor Jones, also have embraced bitcoin. Famed investor Bill Miller, founder of Miller Value Partners, in a letter to clients last year reaffirmed his bullish outlook on bitcoin.