First Mover Americas: Bitcoin Tops $21K, Outshines S&P 500, Gold

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Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, briefly reached the $21,000 mark for the first time since the FTX collapse in early November on Monday in early trading hours. The cryptocurrency has since retreated slightly, and is trading around $20,880. Ether also made gains over the weekend and is trading up 17% over the last seven days. While crypto assets surged on Monday, U.S. futures slipped. European stocks rose.

Binance will allow institutional investors to keep their collateralized crypto used for leveraged positions off the platform, Bloomberg reported on Monday. The exchange will let investors post collateral with Binance Custody, which will hold the assets off the internet in cold storage wallets, the report added.

The U.S. Trustee has voiced objections to FTX hiring New York law firm Sullivan and Cromwell, citing conflict of interest, in a Jan. 13 legal filing. The complaint echoes those made by a bipartisan grouping of U.S. Senators and by the crypto exchange’s founder Sam Bankman-Fried, and expresses concern the firm might tread on the toes of future work by an independent examiner.

Chart of the Day

  • The chart shows cryptocurrencies outperformed stocks and commodities by a significant margin last week.
  • The safe-haven U.S. dollar depreciated, while government bonds were the worst-performing asset class.
  • Crypto's outperformance comes after nearly two months of FTX-induced panic that saw market leaders bitcoin and ether wilt amid the risk revival on Wall Street.

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