Bitcoin Is Now Bigger than Bank of America and NZ Dollar by Market Cap
As Bitcoin reaches a new yearly high of $12,470, its market cap is now greater than Bank of America’s and New Zealandâ€™s fiat currency.
As Bitcoin gets more support from first-time investors, its market capitalization has risen past Bank of America’s market valuation, and put it within striking distance of PayPalâ€™s.
According to AssetDash data at the time of writing, Bitcoin’s current market cap sits just over $226 billion, having risen 3.2% in the last 24 hours. However, Bank of America’s market cap has fallen more than 2% today to $224.4 billion. This bullish behavior from Bitcoin (BTC) and slight drop in BoA means the analytics site ranks BTC as the 25th most valuable asset by market capitalization, just behind PayPal at $230 billion.
However, Bank of America was not the only fiat-based institution to fall behind the crypto asset today as it reached a yearly high of $12,470. FiatMarketCap, a site that tracks BTC’s rise against major fiat currencies, states that Bitcoinâ€™s market cap now puts it ahead of that of the New Zealand dollar (NZD).
Bitcoin is now ahead of the siteâ€™s estimate for the total number of NZD in circulation at 346.4 billion, or roughly $227 billion. This would make Bitcoin the 34th most valuable of all fiat currencies.
Traditional investors choosing crypto
Bitcoin’s price has grown substantially in 2020 as the Federal Reserve has pushed many controversial measures to lessen the economic impact of the pandemic, prompting many prominent figures in finance to consider crypto for the first time.
While billionaire Warren Buffett has made his feelings on cryptocurrencies well known â€” saying they â€œbasically have no valueâ€� â€” others like Morgan Creek Digitalâ€™s Jason Williams have predicted that Buffettâ€™s multinational conglomerate holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, could invest in Bitcoin soon. Williams said that â€œyoung managers and analystsâ€� at the firm would make the decision to buy BTC, even if Buffett were unaware of their actions.
Buffett isnâ€™t the only billionaire to potentially consider crypto as a way to hedge his bets in this economy. Paul Tudor Jones, the founder of hedge fund Tudor Investment Corporation, is also still bullish on Bitcoin since revealing the crypto asset was part of his portfolio in May.
During BTCâ€™s recent surge past $12,000, Jones said on Twitter:
â€œMy bet on Bitcoin as a safe haven against the deteriorating dollar is doing incredibly well. My only regret is not buying more. I believe this rise in price weâ€™re seeing is far from over. In fact, itâ€™s just getting started!â€�
Another possible new face to the crypto world is Barstool Sports founder, Dave Portnoy, who recently spoke with Gemini exchange founders, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss. With the assistance of the twin brothers, Portnoy purchased $200,000 in Bitcoin and $50,000 in Chainlink (LINK), some of his first crypto purchases.
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