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Bitcoin price hits $40k amid ETF discussions and BTC halving anticipation Bitcoin price hits $40k amid ETF discussions and BTC halving anticipation

Bitcoin price hits $40k amid ETF discussions and BTC halving anticipation

Investor confidence peaks as Bitcoin's value rally aligns with halving countdown and ETF prospects.

Bitcoin price hits $40k amid ETF discussions and BTC halving anticipation

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Bitcoin has broken the $40,000 barrier, a significant milestone energizing the crypto space. In the past 24 hours alone, $23 billion in trading volume was recorded, showcasing the intense market activity surrounding the world’s premier cryptocurrency.

This rally was further bolstered by a $15 million in short liquidations, indicating a strong bullish sentiment among investors.

The ETF expectation: A Turning Point

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) engaged in pivotal discussions with Grayscale and seven other applicants for spot Bitcoin ETFs to fuel this optimism.

These meetings, particularly the ones involving Grayscale’s CEO Michael Sonnenshein and its custody partner, Coinbase, indicate a heightened interest and potential shift in the regulatory stance towards cryptocurrency ETFs.

Notably, the SEC’s interactions weren’t limited to Grayscale. Conversations with giants like BlackRock and Hashdex and other notable asset managers like Bitwise, VanEck, Fidelity, and Invescoย signal a comprehensive review of the crypto ETF landscape.

The discussions varied from technicalities like in-kind versus cash redemption models to broader regulatory implications.

MicroStrategy’s strategic Bitcoin accumulation

MicroStrategy, under the visionary guidance of CEO Michael Saylor, has further cemented its position as a major Bitcoin proponent by acquiring an additional 16,130 BTC.

This latest purchase elevates the company’s total Bitcoin holdings to a staggering 174,530 BTC, marking it as their third-largest acquisition since adopting a Bitcoin-focused strategy.

Halving countdown adds to enthusiasm

Further fueling the market’s bullish outlook is the anticipation of Bitcoin’s halving event, slated to occur in 141 days. Historically, halving events, which reduce the rate of new Bitcoin creation, have been precursors to significant price rallies.

This upcoming halving is increasingly a catalyst for sustained growth and long-term value appreciation in Bitcoin.

Despite the SEC’s reticence in outright approving a spot Bitcoin ETF, these recent developments, coupled with the trading fervor and the upcoming halving, paint a picture of a crypto market on the cusp of a transformative era.

As the world of finance watches closely, Bitcoin’s latest leap beyond $40,000 could very well be the harbinger of a new chapter in the crypto narrative.

Bitcoin Market Data

At the time of press 10:43 pm UTC on Dec. 3, 2023, Bitcoin is ranked #1 by market cap and the price is up 1.01% over the past 24 hours. Bitcoin has a market capitalization of $778.85 billion with a 24-hour trading volume of $13 billion. Learn more about Bitcoin ›

Bitcoin

10:43 pm UTC on Dec. 3, 2023

$39,818.18

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Crypto Market Summary

At the time of press 10:43 pm UTC on Dec. 3, 2023, the total crypto market is valued at at $1.5 trillion with a 24-hour volume of $40.8 billion. Bitcoin dominance is currently at 52.13%. Learn more about the crypto market ›