Coinbase’s blockbuster debut is a ‘watershed’ for crypto — but there are risks ahead

Coinbase is set to go public through a blockbuster direct listing Wednesday, and investors are hailing it as a “watershed” moment for the cryptocurrency industry. The digital currency exchange could be valued at as much as $100 billion, making it more valuable than major trading venue operators like New York Stock Exchange parent Intercontinental Exchange … Read more

Bitcoin hits new all-time high above $62,000 ahead of Coinbase debut

The Coinbase cryptocurrency exchange application seen on the screen of an iPhone. Getty Images Bitcoin surged to a fresh record high of more than $62,000 on Tuesday, as investors awaited the highly-anticipated stock market debut of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. The price of bitcoin climbed more than 4% in the last 24 hours to hit $62,718, … Read more

Bitcoin exchange Kraken considers going public after record trading volumes in the first quarter

Jesse Powell, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, sits for a photograph at the company’s San Francisco office in 2014. David Paul Morris | Bloomberg via Getty Images Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is considering going public through a direct listing in 2022, after seeing record trading volumes and new clients amid a surge in the price of … Read more

Fidelity leads a $376 million investment in Starling, valuing the UK digital bank at $1.5 billion

The Starling Bank banking app on a smartphone. Adrian Dennis | AFP via Getty Images LONDON — Starling Bank, a digital-only challenger bank in the U.K., said Monday that it’s raised £272 million ($376 million) in an investment round. The fresh cash injection, led by Fidelity Investments, values Starling at £1.1 billion, or $1.5 billion. … Read more

People are paying millions for clips that can be viewed for free. Welcome to the world of ‘NFTs’

A virtual art piece titled “Everydays: The First 5000 Days.” Created by digital artist Beeple, it’s the first NFT-based work of art to go on auction at Christie’s. Christie’s From art to sports trading cards, people are spending millions of dollars on digital collector’s items. These crypto collectibles, known as NFTs, have exploded in popularity … Read more

Britain should overhaul listings to help $15 billion fintech sector thrive post-Brexit, review says

Icons for the Monzo and Starling banking apps on a smartphone. Adrian Dennis | AFP via Getty Images LONDON — The U.K. should reform listings rules and visa applications to help its £11 billion ($15.3 billion) fintech sector thrive after Brexit, a government-commissioned review said Friday. Britain is one of the leading players in fintech … Read more

Square saw 1 million users buy bitcoin for first time during January’s upswing, CFO says

Square‘s Cash App platform saw a surge in first-time bitcoin buyers last month, CFO Amrita Ahuja told CNBC on Wednesday. “We had 3 million people transact in bitcoin through Cash App in 2020 and 1 million who were new to bitcoin in January [2021],” Ahuja said on “Squawk Alley,” just a day after her company … Read more

Bitcoin bounces back, surging above $50,000 after more buying from Square

Bitcoin virtual crypto currency price is displayed on a phone screen in this photo. STR | NurPhoto | Getty Images Bitcoin’s price roared back Wednesday after a sharp sell-off, climbing above $50,000 again as Square announced it had purchased $170 million worth of the cryptocurrency. At 4 a.m. ET, the world’s most valuable digital coin … Read more

Bitcoin tanks 10% after Elon Musk says prices seem high

Bitcoin soared on Tuesday to an all-time high reaching the $50,000 milestone at $50.602. Alain Pitton | NurPhoto | Getty Images Bitcoin slid Monday, pausing its stunning rally after Elon Musk said prices “seem high.” The world’s most valuable cryptocurrency sank over 10% to a price of $51,993 Monday morning, according to data from Coin … Read more

Bitcoin smashes through $51,000 to hit a new all-time high

Igor Golovniov | LightRocket | Getty Images Bitcoin continued to climb Wednesday, surging above the $51,000 level for the first time. The red-hot cryptocurrency hit a fresh record price of $51,715 at around 4:50 a.m. ET, according to data from Coin Metrics. It was last trading over 5% higher at $51,222. Bitcoin was created in … Read more