Bitcoin is Just Beginning

PayPal Holdings Inc. said it would start letting its U.S. customers purchase items with crypto, a move that is regarded as the latest embrace of digital assets by a traditional payments player.

Visa Inc.  recently announced a pilot program allowing crypto platforms to settle transactions made with their issued Visa cards in USD Coin without converting funds to fiat currency, marking the first major payments network to use the so-called stablecoin.

CME Group announced the rollout of micro bitcoin futures. The CME, which began offering bitcoin futures back in 2017, said the micro futures are sized at one-tenth of one bitcoin and will be available on May 3.

The dollar-based long-term price predictions for bitcoin are flawed, according to cryptocurrency exchange Kraken’s CEO Jesse Powell. He proposes measuring bitcoin in luxury car prices, due to the inflationary nature of fiat money.

“I think I said bitcoin is going to infinity and that’s kind-of hard to comprehend, because I’m measuring it in terms of dollars,” Powell told Bloomberg, after being asked about the price prediction for the end of 2021.

He offered alternative measures for valuing bitcoin, claiming that its value may increase from its current ‘price’ or one BTC per Tesla Model 3 to “one bitcoin per Lambo” by the end of the year, and to “one bitcoin per Bugatti” by 2023. 

“To the crypto community, I think those kinds of assets are easier to measure bitcoin against, because you never know where the dollar is going to be. There could be 10 times as many US dollars out there a year from now, so it’s really hard to measure bitcoin against the dollar,” Powell explained.

One bitcoin could have purchased a brand-new Honda Civic by the end of last year.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said this month it is now possible to buy the company’s vehicles in the United States using the cryptocurrency. The businessman said: “You can now buy a Tesla with Bitcoin.” People outside the US will be able to buy a Tesla car with bitcoin “later this year,” he added, without specifying which countries.

The world’s top crypto, bitcoin is rebounding from last week’s lows and is nearing $60,000 once again. The ongoing rally above $59,000 is being fueled by news from Visa and PayPal, who said this week they are getting into bitcoin and cryptocurrency payments. Bitcoin was trading at $57,919 per coin at 09:38 GMT on Wednesday.

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