Cryptocurrency News: Bitcoin Price Retreats From $49,000 After ETF Launch

The Cryptopians, discusses the current cryptocurrency moment and where the market is moving next. To get Laura’s take on NFTs and the metaverse, watch part 2 of the interview.

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Cryptocurrency News: Cryptocurrency prices were down early Friday after a volatile Thursday marked the first day of trading for spot bitcoin ETFs. Thursday was a historic day for the crypto industry after the SEC approved 11 bitcoin ETF proposals late Wednesday, which included issuers ARK Invest (ARKK), BlackRock (BLK), Grayscale (GBTC), VanEck and more.

Meanwhile, other trends are set to drive bitcoin in 2024, including the upcoming halving event in April and influx of institutional participation.

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Bitcoin fell to $45,800 Friday morning after spiking to $49,000 early Thursday on the ETF launch – its highest level since December 2021. BTC traded around $45,500 intraday Wednesday prior to the SEC announcement.  The world’s largest cryptocurrency rebounded about 157% in 2023. Bitcoin is up 8.5% so far this year.

Ethereum traded around $2,680 early Friday after its Thursday rally above $2,600 for the first time since May 2022. The No. 2 crypto jumped roughly 92% in 2023. Ethereum is up more than 16% so far in 2024.

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Note: MicroStrategy is a software company that converts its cash into Bitcoin and heavily invests in cryptocurrency. Former CEO and Board Chairman Michael Saylor claims MSTR stock is essentially a Bitcoin spot ETF.

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