Bitcoin surges past US$68,000, in sight of record high

BITCOIN was perched at a two-year peak on Tuesday (Mar 5) breaking above US$68,600 and stalking the all-time excessive as cash retains dashing into the biggest cryptocurrency by market worth.

Bitcoin has gained 50 per cent this yr and many of the rise has are available in the previous few weeks when inflows into US-listed bitcoin funds have surged.

On Tuesday, it was at US$68,500 in Asian hours, having reached a session excessive of US$68,828, a whisker away from the all-time peak of US$68,999.99 it set in November 2021.

Spot bitcoin exchange-traded funds have been accredited within the United States earlier this yr. Their launch opened the way in which for brand new giant buyers and has re-ignited enthusiasm and momentum paying homage to the run-up to report ranges in 2021.

“It’s crypto mania 4.0, and I think if we continue to see fairly low bond and rate volatility, it could keep going. There’s definitely something of an irrational behaviour creeping into the market,” mentioned Kyle Rodda, senior markets analyst at

Net flows into the ten largest US spot bitcoin funds reached US$2.17 billion within the week to Mar 1, with greater than half of that going into BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust, based on LSEG information.

“The appetite to gain exposure to Bitcoin is reaching insatiable levels,” mentioned Tony Sycamore, a market analyst at IG.

“While Bitcoin overbought in the short term, the move is far from done, and dips will be well supported with a move towards US$80,000 not out of the question.”

The rally has are available in tandem with information tumbling on inventory indexes from Japan’s Nikkei to the S&P 500 and tech-heavy Nasdaq and with volatility gauges in equities and overseas trade turning decrease.

Smaller rival ether has hitched a trip on hypothesis that it too might quickly have exchange-traded funds driving inflows and is up over 50 per cent for the yr and was final at US$3,649.

A regulatory submitting on Monday confirmed that US Securities and Exchange Commission has additional delayed its resolution on an utility by asset supervisor BlackRock for its spot Ethereum exchange-traded fund.

Elsewhere, the variety of US dollar-pegged stablecoins issued by Tether has crossed US$100 billion, the crypto firm mentioned on its web site on Monday. Tether points a stablecoin which is designed to keep up a continuing worth of US$1. REUTERS