Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are ‘apolitical’ says financial expert
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Bitcoin has been increasing in recent days, seeing a 13.49 percent surge in the past 24 hours according to the latest prices from Coindesk. On Sunday at 6.59pm BTC was priced at $34,447.59 (£24,924.55) however this increased to $38,985.30 (£28,207.81) at 5.59pm on Monday.
The returns this year are up by 33.55 percent, a welcome change after the cryptocurrency saw a dip below $30,000 (£21,706.50) in recent weeks.
This has meant BTC has broken out of a six-month-long downtrend on the RSI, in what investors are hoping is the start of a major trend reversal.
Also on the up are Ethereum, XRP and Cardano, in what has been a positive day for cryptocurrencies.
But what’s behind the monumental rise in Bitcoin?
Bitcoin price: Why is Bitcoin going up? Will Amazon accept Bitcoin? (Image: GETTY)
One element of Bitcoin’s resurgence after months of uncertainty could be the suggestions Amazon could start accepting BTC payments.
Marcus Sotiriou, Sales Trader at the UK based digital asset broker GlobalBlock told Express.co.uk: “According to an insider, Amazon is looking to accept Bitcoin payments by the end of the year.
“They explained that once a fast and established method of payment for Bitcoin has been established, it would move on to other cryptocurrencies like Cardano, Ethereum and Bitcoin Cash. “
The insider said: “It won’t take long because the plans are already there, and they have been working on them since 2019.”
Bitcoin price: Bitcoin has been increasing in recent days, seeing a 13.49 percent surge in the past 24 hours (Image: COINDESK)
The insider also told City AM: “This isn’t just going through the motions to set up cryptocurrency payment solutions at some point in the future – this is a full-on, well-discussed, integral part of the future mechanism of how Amazon will work.
“It begins with Bitcoin – this is the key first stage of this crypto project, and the directive is coming from the very top… Jeff Bezos himself.”
The insider also claimed Amazon is looking into creating its own cryptocurrency by 2022.
Mr Sotiriou said: “Furthermore new job posts show that Amazon are hiring a digital currency and blockchain expert, proving the growing interest in cryptocurrency by institutions.”
Over the past few months Bitcoin was falling, with a range of factors negatively affecting the cryptocurrency.
There was a crackdown on Bitcoin mining in China due to the excessive energy usage it takes.
Mining Bitcoin requires an immense amount of power and specialist equipment.
According to the Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance (CCAF), Bitcoin currently consumes around 110 Terawatt Hours per year.
Bitcoin price: An insider said Amazon are looking to accept Bitcoin payments (Image: GETTY)
This equates to 0.55 percent of global electricity production.
This level of energy is approximately the annual energy usage of small countries like Malaysia or Sweden.
Elon Musk announced Tesla would stop accepting BTC, and there have been increases in regulation across the globe having a knock-on effect across the crypto sphere.
Bitcoin’s reached a new low of $28,814.75 (£20,848.91) on Tuesday, June 22 and lingered below $30,000 before rebounding in recent weeks.
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Today’s upward trend could turn bullish – however, BTC needs to increase yet further for that to happen.
Mr Sotiruou explained: “Bitcoin needs to recover the range high of $42,000 (£30,389.10) approximately to be technically bullish.”
Bitcoin’s all-time high is $64,829.14 (£46,907.12) – a figure it reached in mid-April 2021.
Time will tell if the cryptocurrency rebounds to reach those levels again.