Morgan Stanley May Bet on Bitcoin as It Nears $50,000 in Value

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As couples celebrated Valentine’s day with roses and chocolate this week, investors celebrated big wins from their Bitcoin (BTC) investments. The cryptocurrency reached a record high of $49,714.66 Sunday, according to CoinDesk. The rally then screeched to a halt, with the crypto opening at $48,875 and reaching a low of $46,347 by midday Monday

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BTC rose 20% last week after electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla announced an investment of $1.5 billion in the crypto. This morning’s fall could represent a market correction or investors taking profits during this weekend’s rise. “There’s this unadulterated wave of big players (buying) that has continued to push the price higher,” Chris Weston, head of research at Melbourne brokerage Pepperstone, told Reuters. “We might be seeing one or two big funds just cashing out.” 

BTC has gained more than 1,100% in value since March 2020, Reuters says.

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Meanwhile, Counterpoint Global, a $150 billion investing arm of Morgan Stanley, says it’s considering a Bitcoin investment, sources told Bloomberg News. The crypto fits the firm’s portfolio of “unique companies whose market value can increase significantly,” Bloomberg writes.

However, a Bitcoin investment would require regulatory approval as well as sign off from Morgan Stanley. If this happens, Bitcoin could be one step closer to being recognized as an asset class and widely accepted as a viable investment by Wall Street firms, which can currently invest in crypto only through trusts, according to Bloomberg. 

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