Tuesday, 2 April 2019

BTC Hits ₦1,732,800 ($4,800) for the 1st Time in 2019

Top Crypto Markets See Double Digit Growth

Tuesday, April 2 — Bitcoin (BTC) has pushed over ₦1,624,500  ($4,500) for the first time this year, while top crypto markets are solidly in the green for the second day in a row, some seeing major 24-hour growth.

The price of BTC skyrocketed, gaining more than 14 percent in the space of one hour early Tuesday. Hovering around $4,650 at press time, the coin peaked at $4,849 early on April 2, according to CoinMarketCap stats, before dropping slightly and trading sideways to press time.

In comparison to yesterday’s charts, when BTC’s price was hovering around 1,480,100 ($4,100), the market capitalization of the world’s top coin has gained almost $10 billion, totalling $82 billion by press time.

BTC is currently up about 15 percent over the past 24-hours. The total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies has significantly increased during the sudden market surge today. While yesterday’s highest point was at $146 billion, today’s peak was at $163 billion, declining to $159.4 billion at press time.

As BTC’s price surged this morning, the industry is discussing a prediction made by crypto trader and investor Josh Rager of TokenBacon. In a tweet from Rager on March 31, he stated that the next BTC cycle should peak at $150,000 by 2023. Some are sceptical about the optimistic forecast, while others recall even more optimistic outlooks on BTC hitting $200,000 and more in the future.

In other crypto industry news, major American cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has recently expanded into cross-border payments. Its customers can now transfer funds to any user with a Coinbase account around the world using XRP and the exchange’s stablecoin, USDCoin (USDC), with no fee.

Meanwhile, a recent report published by SwissBanking claims that the fintech sector in Switzerland, including distributed ledger technology firms and crypto-related businesses,  continues to grow, while traditional financial institutions are stagnating.

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