Bitcoin has surged to a record $60,000 as stimulus hopes and big-name backers fuel demand – Business Insider

Bitcoin has surged to a record $60,000 as stimulus hopes and big-name backers fuel demand – Business Insider


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The surge marked a 1,000% gain in the past year.

  • Bitcoin hit a record $60,000 on Saturday, marking a 1,000% gain in the past year.
  • The cryptocurrency has benefited from institutional support and fiscal stimulus.
  • Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary are fans, Warren Buffett and Michael Burry aren’t.
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Bitcoin surged as high as $60,000 for the first time on Saturday, lifting its price increase over the past year to more than 1,000%.

The cryptocurrency, which boasts a market capitalization of more than $1.1 trillion, has been buoyed by investor optimism. President Joe Biden signed a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief bill into law on Friday, which will lead to $1,400 stimulus checks being distributed to millions of Americans, fueling hopes that the market boom will continue.

Bitcoin has also benefited from major institutional endorsements this year. Elon Musk’s Tesla plowed $1.5 billion into the cryptocurrency, Mastercard said it would allow merchants to accept select cryptocurrencies, and BlackRock has started to “dabble” with it as clients clamor for bigger returns.

“Shark Tank” billionaire Mark Cuban said this week that money is flowing into crypto because rock-bottom interest rates have reduced the appeal of bonds and other assets. People are also bored at home during the pandemic and
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