Continuing its torrid run, bitcoin topped $38,000 for the first time Thursday, a day after the leading cryptocurrency rocketed past $36,000 and $37,000.
- The price of bitcoin set a new-all time high of $38,327.60, before falling back to $38.,03.15, up 9.67% over the last 24 hours. Between Wednesday afternoon and early evening, bitcoin (BTC, +12.01%) passed $36,000 and $37,000 for the first time.
- It continues a wild start to 2021 and follows a landmark year in which the cryptocurrency rose more than 300%, with an almost 50% gain in December alone. On Nov. 30, bitcoin breached a nearly three-year-old high of $19,793. By the close of Dec. 31, the cryptocurrency had risen about $10,000.
- Six days into 2021, it’s up 30.3%, or about $9,000.
- The prevailing narrative of this record-setting run is a growing view that bitcoin represents a form of “digital gold,” a view that has brought a flood of institutional investors into the cryptocurrency.
- The latest records, however, may have more to do with the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday by President Donald Trump’s supporters believing the election was rigged and upset by the certification process that was underway than with any inflation hedge.
- Global macro uncertainty has the potential to devalue fiat currencies, which in turn could potentially increase the attractiveness of bitcoin. A disputed election followed by protestors breaking into the Capitol with at least one person being shot and killed would seem to fall under the category of “uncertainty.”
- With a market value now of $712.6 billion, bitcoin is more valuable than all but seven publicly traded companies, sitting between Tesla at $716.6 billion and Tencent at $692.7 billion.
- The market’s supply of dollar-pegged stablecoins is keeping pace with bitcoin’s meteoric rise. Since New Year’s Eve, the supply of tether (USDT, -0.14%) has growth by over 10%, reaching 22.1 billion USDT at last check. Total supply of the runner-up stablecoin, Circle’s USDC (-0.02%), has also grown by double digit percentages so far in January, currently sitting at 4.3 billion USDC, according to Glassnode.
UPDATE (Jan. 7, 13:10 UTC): Adds new all-time high, fixes current price.