Bitcoin (BTC) is priced at $ 48,000, backed by BNY Mellon, Mastercard

Bitcoin’s price rose above $ 48,000 levels for the second time this week, hitting a new all-time high when the Bank of New York Mellon announced it would offer custody services for digital assets.

The world’s most valuable cryptocurrency hit an intraday record of $ 48,297 on Thursday at around 8:30 a.m.CET. This is based on data from the CoinDesk industry site. It last traded more than 7% to around $ 47,913.

BNY Mellon, America’s oldest bank and a major custodian provider, announced Thursday that it would begin funding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The company will eventually allow crypto assets to travel over the same financial network it currently uses for more traditional holdings like US Treasuries and stocks.

“BNY Mellon is proud to be the first global bank to announce plans to deliver an integrated service to digital assets,” said Roman Regelman, CEO of Asset Service and Head of Digital for BNY Mellon, in a statement Thursday.

“The growing demand from our customers for digital assets, the maturity of advanced solutions and the improvement in regulatory clarity offer us a tremendous opportunity to expand our current service offering in this emerging area.”

It also comes after Tesla’s announcement on Monday that it bought $ 1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin and will soon accept it as a form of payment.

Bitcoin is up more than 60% since the start of the year after quadrupling in value in 2020. The rapid rally in digital coins, according to Bullen, was fueled by increased demand from institutions, who say seasoned investors are warming to the maturing cryptocurrency to the perception that it is a store of value that resembles gold.

However, skeptics fear that Bitcoin could be one of the largest market bubbles in history.

Custody services are an essential part of the financial system as they ensure that clients’ financial assets are kept safe. Many companies have tried to improve security in crypto. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are not administered by a central authority such as a bank, which means that investors often have no way of turning if their money is lost or stolen.

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