Bitcoin, which accounts for most of that movement, was at $9,388.30 — or up 18.57% in the last 24 hours as of 2.03 p.m. Singapore time, Coindesk data showed. That’s the highest level since March 7.
Cryptocurrencies saw two major bouts of selling in March amid the broader plunge in equity markets. But they have now recovered that ground. Industry participants attribute this to two factors — central bank monetary policy as well as an upcoming event known as bitcoin halving.
Major central banks around the world have unveiled huge stimulus packages to cushion the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. They have also signaled their willingness to do more. This has been a factor behind the recent rise in stock markets in past few days, and has filtered through to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
“We could be seeing a lot of money flowing into equities and crypto as well, as a result of the new money printing”, Vijay Ayyar, head of business development at cryptocurrency exchange Luno, told CNBC. An event known as bitcoin “halving” is happening in May and it’s to do with a pre-programmed change in part of bitcoin’s underlying technology known as blockchain. “For those buying into bitcoin now, many see this as an opportunity to buy BTC at bargain basement rates before a price pop post halving.”
Cryptocurrency market value jumps $35 billion in 24 hours led by a surge in bitcoin, CNBC, Apr 30