April 14, 2024
Bitcoin Soars Rand's Decline and Institutional Investment Propel Growth
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Bitcoin Soars: Rand’s Decline and Institutional Investment Propel Growth

The ongoing fluctuation of Bitcoin continues, with the world’s leading cryptocurrency experiencing an approximate 20% increase over the week. Although it hasn’t yet reached its peak in dollar value, Bitcoin has surged past the R1m mark, underscoring its enduring strength.

Christo de Wit, Luno’s South African country manager, suggests that part of this surge can be attributed to the weakening of the Rand against the dollar, enhancing Bitcoin’s attractiveness as a hedge against depreciation. This surge in investor confidence is further propelled by the introduction of Bitcoin ETFs, which have attracted $34bn in investments since their approval in January. This influx of institutional money marks a significant shift in how conventional finance perceives cryptocurrencies.

Moreover, Bitcoin’s market capitalization has surpassed $1 trillion amid recent market volatility and concerns about inflation. Many analysts foresee sustained growth driven by this optimistic sentiment. De Wit also points out another potential catalyst for the price surge: the upcoming Bitcoin halving scheduled for mid-April 2024. Every four years, Bitcoin mining rewards are halved to prevent the devaluation of the currency over time.

Historically, each halving event has had a significant impact on the price, with an 8,000% surge following the first halving and a 3,000% increase after the second. The most recent halving in 2020 was followed by a bull market that peaked at nearly $65,000.

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