Steve Wozniak founds a blockchain-based platform, China is testing the e-yuan, Microstrategy wants to buy new Bitcoin and JPMorgan sees Bitcoin as a serious competitor to gold. The top crypto news of the week.
Another exciting week in the crypto space is drawing to a close. The most important events around Bitcoin and Co. in a compact overview.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak founded “Efforce” . The platform based on blockchain technology wants to fundamentally change the energy efficiency market by securitizing energy projects. This should make it easier for everyone to access energy projects. To do this, the company went public with the WOZX token, the value of which went through the roof immediately. Starting at $ 0.1, the price jumped to $ 2.88 in no time. The token was able to record an increase of 2,800 percent.
China mixes e-yuan with the people
A CBDC raffle came to an end on December 11th in the Chinese city of Suzhou . The citizens of the city had the chance to win 100,000 packages with 200 digital yuan each. Now citizens can spend the currency at the upcoming “Double12” festival until December 27th. Many businesses in the city have already announced that they will accept the e-yuan. So does e-commerce giant JD.com. China has been testing the introduction of a digital currency for some time. Similar tests had previously been carried out in the city of Shenzhen.
Microstrategy wants to buy more Bitcoin
The American software manufacturer Microstrategy has once again announced that it wants to buy Bitcoin . This emerged from a communication dated December 7th. The IT company plans to invest 400 million US dollars. The money will come from the sale of convertible bonds (senior convertible notes) to institutional investors. The share price of Microstrategy (MSTR) benefited from the announcement and rose rapidly by 2.5 percent. So far, the US service provider’s strategy of using Bitcoin as the main reserve asset is working. In particular, the Bitcoin rally of the past few weeks has catapulted the corporate value of Microstrategy into the sky.
JPMorgan sees Bitcoin as serious competition to gold
JPMorgan believes that the adoption of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the mainstream financial industry will hurt gold. Just a few weeks ago JPMorgan certified Bitcoin a bright future and since October Bitcoin funds have seen enormous capital inflows from institutional investors. According to JPMorgan’s quantitative strategist Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, this trend will continue in the long term and more and more institutions will invest in digital gold. JPMorgan is one of the few Wall Street banks that predict a major shift from gold to cryptocurrencies.
Airbnb goes public
The Californian accommodation platform Airbnb made its stock market debut on the evening of December 9th . At the time of going to press, the share price was just under 150 US dollars (124 euros). Despite the enormous drop in sales in the tourism industry, the company decided to go public after several postponements. The issue price was 68 US dollars. In the IPO application, the company also commented positively on a possible implementation of cryptocurrencies. It would therefore hardly be surprising if the company would at least allow the industry leader Bitcoin as a means of payment.