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No such thing as bad publicity
The cryptocurrency market has bounced back after a sell-off on Friday. Panic had gripped markets following news of a potentially dangerous new Covid-19 variant named omicron by the World Health Organization. The crypto market has climbed this morning, however, rising along with global stock markets who feel more confident the world won’t return to full-on lockdowns.
The bitcoin price fell to lows of around $53,000 last week before rebounding sharply yesterday. The crypto top ten is moving higher, with ethereum, solana and polkadot leading the major market higher with gains of around 7%.
Meanwhile, the price of one tiny cryptocurrency, coincidently named omicron, is soaring, adding around 1,000% in the days since the WHO named the new Covid-19 variant—recalling the sudden rise and fall of a scam Squid Game-inspired cryptocurrency last month. Read the full story on Forbes.
📉 El Salvador bought the dip 📈
Discount bitcoin: Nayib Bukele, El Salvador’s bitcoin-besotted president, revealed the Central American country bought the bitcoin price dip late last week, adding 100 more bitcoins to the country’s more than 1,000 stash. Bitcoin has since rallied along with wider stock markets and assets after an omicron-induced panic sent sky-high prices sharply lower on Friday.
Why it matters: Bukele is doubling down on bitcoin in the face of international warnings and condemnation.
Background: Last week, recently announced plans for a $1 billion bitcoin bond (designed to fund an ultra-low tax city) sent El Salvador’s dollar-denominated bonds to an all-time low with the country’s debt the worst in the world after Lebanon this month. Speaking last week, Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey warned the country’s decision to adopt bitcoin as legal tender alongside the U.S. dollar was concerning because people could be caught out by its volatility. “It concerns me that a country would choose it as its national currency,” Bailey said, speaking during an appearance at the Cambridge University student union last week, it was reported by Bloomberg. He added that the International Monetary Fund, which monitors risks to global financial markets and is currently in discussions with the country over a $1.3 billion loan agreement, is not happy with El Salvador.
🪙 Coinstore bets on India
👐 Amid continued confusion over India’s cryptocurrency stance, Singapore-based crypto exchange Coinstore has opened its digital doors in the country.
🗣️ “With nearly a quarter of our total active users coming from India, it made sense for us to expand into the market,” Charles Tan, head of marketing at Coinstore told Reuters, adding: “We are optimistic that the Indian government will come out with a healthy framework for cryptocurrencies.”
The week ahead 📆
👀 Watch out for these cryptocurrency and crypto-related events this week.
👁️🗨️ Tomorrow, the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs will hear testimony from newly re-nominated Federal Reserve chair Jay Powell and Treasury secretary Janet Yellen on how the government’s Covid response affected the economy and inflation. Read The Economist‘s take on what Powell’s next move should be.
🎨 On Thursday, Art Basel arrives in Miami Beach with the non-fungible token (NFT) craze expected to be a big topic of conversation among artists. Go deeper: Art Basel Miami Beach opens in a younger, richer, techier city
💼 On Friday, the U.S. November jobs report drops following signs the labor market is returning to full strength.
Now read this: Is Turkey on the brink of hyperinflation?