Facebook’s Diem Announces Silvergate Partnership, Will Move Operation Back To US

Facebook’s Diem Announces Silvergate Partnership, Will Move Operation Back To US

Diem Association, a group backed by Facebook, has disclosed its intentions to move operations from Switzerland to the United States. The group, which has been trying to secure a payment system license with Swiss bank watchdog, FINMA, said it has abandoned that plan and withdrawn its application. Diem has now set up a U.S unit.

Diem Partners with Silvergate Bank

In an official blog post detailing its relocation plan, Diem also announced a new strategic partnership with Silvergate Bank.

According to the group, moving its operations to the US is an integral part of its plan to issue the Diem USD stablecoin. By bringing the project into the US regulatory perimeter, Diem will run its blockchain-based payment system from the country easily.

The partnership with the crypto-friendly bank Silvergate to launch the US dollar-pegged stablecoin would be run by Diem Networks US.

Silvergate will become the exclusive issuer of the Diem USD stablecoin and manage the Diem USD reserve.

Diem Networks will be registered as a money services business with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). It would also be in charge of the Diem Payments Network (DPN).

The DPN is a permissioned blockchain-based payment system that would facilitate the real-time transfer of Diem stablecoins among approved network participants.

Speaking on the partnership with Silvergate, Stuart Levey, chief executive officer of Diem, expressed optimism about the collaboration and how it would take the blockchain-based payment system to the next level. Levey said,

“We are committed to a payment system that is safe for consumers and businesses, makes payments faster and cheaper, and takes advantage of blockchain technology to bring the benefits of the financial system to more people around the world. We look forward to working with Silvergate to realize this shared vision.”

Alan Lane, chief executive officer of Silvergate, also commented that the bank is excited and inspired by Diem’s technology and commitment to building a regulatory compliant payment system.

The Rebranded Diem Moving Forward

The Diem Association was formerly known as Libra Association when it was first announced in June 2019. It had several backers, including Facebook, VISA, Mastercard, and PayPal. A string of regulatory backlash saw an exodus of members some few months after its announcement.

Global central banks, government officials, and stakeholders were worried that Libra could undermine sovereign currencies like the dollar, enable money laundering and infringe on users’ privacy.

The organization has since rebranded to Diem. Diem has 26 members, including merchants, payment service providers, social impact partners, and other entities.

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Author: Jimmy Aki

ING Report: How Blockchain & DeFi Will Change The Financial Landscape

ING Report: How Blockchain & DeFi Will Change The Financial Landscape

Multinational banking services provider ING bank has lent its voice in the ongoing debate surrounding decentralized (DeFi) and centralized finance (CeFi).

In a detailed whitepaper published on its website, the Amsterdam-based financial institution expounded on the pros and cons surrounding DeFi and how centralized finance could help institute a new economic system.

Collaboration Between DeFi and CeFi Beneficial For Global Finance

The paper titled “Lessons Learned from Decentralized Finance (DeFi)” opens by admitting the radical change decentralized finance (DeFi) has brought into the financial space.

Noting that DeFi aims to replace intermediaries with automated digital smart contracts, ING argues that negative opinions surrounding the emerging technology paint it as a foe rather than an ally.

In the 22-paged document, the European financial powerhouse noted that CeFi could help address DeFi’s area of weakness, pointing out know-your-customer (KYC) protocol.

It concluded by saying that if both entities collaborate, this could see the best of both worlds coming together to birth a new financial order.

Speaking on the document, ING’s blockchain lead Herve Francois argues that DeFi could substantially be more disruptive for the finance sector than Bitcoin has been.

Decentralized finance (DeFi) follows on the back of Bitcoin’s decentralization ethos of 2008. This nascent industry has grown exponentially in the last four years, with the largest DeFi facilitator Ethereum, boasting over $76 billion worth of assets under management (AUM) single-handedly.

The booming crypto market has seen other decentralized protocols springing up, with many providing legacy-backed services for a fraction of the cost.

Legacy Institutions Could Help DeFi

Pointing to some of the key takeaways from its study of the DeFi ecosystem, ING noted that counterparty risk is replaced with technical risk in the purely digital form of financial services.

The paper highlighted eight key features of the DeFi ecosystem that makes it rise above the current financial system naming composability, flexibility, decentralization, accessibility, innovation, and three other points.

The borderlessness that comes naturally to DeFi is a major plus, given that conventional financial institutions spend so much time and resources complying with local laws of countries they branch out to.

However, ignoring anti-money laundering (AML) and KYC requirements were the weak feet of DeFi, and this is an important area centralized finance could come in.

Using DeFi lender Aave as a case study, ING said that this disruptive technology had more accuracy, transparency, and speed than its centralized counterparts. However, it agreed that the novelty of the protocol came with inherent technical risks.

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Author: Jimmy Aki

Bitcoin Dominance on a Decline for 8 Weeks Straight to Hit Three-Year Low

Time and again, the Bitcoin price will make a strong upward movement, but instead of continuing the momentum, it ends up back down again. As of writing, BTC/USD has been trading around $57,500.

It has been due to lack of momentum in Bitcoin and the surging Ether prices, which hit a new all-time high yet again at $3,550 and 0.06348 BTC, that the dominance of the leading cryptocurrency continues to decline. ETH -1.11% Ethereum / USD ETHUSD $ 3,488.63
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Bitcoin dominance has been declining throughout this year, so far, and for seven straight weeks, it has printed only red candles.

On Dec. 28, 2020, BTC dominance was at 73.67%, which has now fallen to nearly 45%, last seen in mid-July 2018. The lowest it even went down was at 35.5% on Jan. 8, 2018, when altcoins peaked during the last bull market.

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Since the beginning of 2017, when initial coin offerings (ICOs) first became popular in the market, Bitcoin dominance has been on a decline. The metric, however, has become meaningless over time, noted Qiao Wang.

“BTC dominance is now at ~45%, and is probably heading lower,” because of a combination of reasons including the success of Ethereum and other smart contract crypto-commodities, the proliferation of crypto-equities, and froth, he added.

Party to Continue

With Bitcoin price around $58,000, Ether around $3,500, and the total crypto market cap on its way to hit $2.5 trillion, we are experiencing a bull rally, which according to some, could very well be a super cycle.

While that remains to be seen, the ongoing lack of momentum in Bitcoin along with other risky assets is the result of inflation expectations keep on rising and bond yield having stalled, which has real rates falling and deep into negative territory, said Charlie Morris, founder of ByteTree.

“It’ll be back when yields turn up assuming inflationary pressures remain,” he added.

This week, as we reported, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who previously served as the chairman of the Federal Reserve, spooked the market with the talks of raising the interest rates to prevent overheating of the economy.

But Yellen does not directly impact rates in her current position, and the markets have recovered nicely since then.

It is Fed Chair Jerome Powell who is in charge, and he remains dovish as he has repeatedly said that rates will be kept low at zero and inflation target 2% until full employment and economic recovery is achieved.

So, “the party will continue for as long as the fundamentals stay the same,” writes analyst Mati Greenspan.

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Author: AnTy

TIME Will Hold Bitcoin on its Balance Sheet In Partnership with Grayscale Investments

TIME Will Hold Bitcoin on its Balance Sheet In Partnership with Grayscale Investments

TIME Magazine is ready to go all the way with Bitcoin.

The renowned publication will start accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment in partnership with the world’s largest digital asset manager Grayscale Investments.

More interesting is that TIME will take a similar approach as Tesla, and instead of converting the receiving BTC into fiat, they will be HODLing it. TIME will then be holding these BTC on its balance sheet. BTC 5.98% Bitcoin / USD BTCUSD $ 63,647.18
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“Thrilled Grayscale is partnering w/ TIME on a new video series coming this summer explaining the crypto space. Equally as important, Keith Grossman & TIME has agreed to be paid in Bitcoin and hold the BTC on their balance sheet. A first for our media partnerships!” tweeted Michael Sonnenshein, CEO of Grayscale, which holds over 3% of Bitcoin’s circulating supply in its Bitcoin Trust (GBTC). GBTC 6.01% Grayscale Bitcoin Trust tokenized stock FTX / USD GBTCUSD $ 56.48
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Sonnenshein was then retweeted by TIME President Grossman, who has been retweeting a lot of other Bitcoin-related tweets.

TIME is the latest one to have Bitcoin part of its Treasury, which started with publicly listed business intelligence company MicroStrategy in August last year, which was followed by Jack Dorseys’ Square, and then earlier this year, Elon Musk’s Tesla invested $1.5 billion in Bitcoin.

A few weeks ago, the company had also announced that they were looking to hire a CFO “comfortable with bitcoin and crypto” to transform its “98-year old brand for the next 100 years & beyond.”

Now, TIME is holding Bitcoin on its balance sheet just as MicroStrategy announced on Monday that they would be paying their board of directors in BTC instead of cash while New York Stocks Exchange (NYSE) is launching NFTs, and Coinbase much-anticipated IPO on Wednesday has a valuation of a whopping more than $100 billion, aiming to be the largest one in history.

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Coinbase’s Listing will Send Other Crypto Companies’ Valuations “Much Higher,” says Kraken CEO

Coinbase’s Listing will Send Other Crypto Companies’ Valuations “Much Higher,” says Kraken CEO

The US exchange is “gearing up” to go public itself. Jesse Powell, meanwhile, sees per Bitcoin worth a Lambo by the end of the year and one Bugatti probably by next year-end.

While Jesse Powell, CEO, and founder of cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, believes Bitcoin is going to infinity in his recent interview with Bloomberg, he provided more clarity.

According to him, because of all the money printing that’s going on, it’s hard to comprehend in terms of dollars, “it might be easier to understand if we measure it like in terms of Teslas.”

“By the end of the year, I think it’ll be one bitcoin per Lambo, and probably by the end of next year, it’ll be one bitcoin per Bugatti,” Powell said. One Lamborghini costs in the range of $200,000 to $500,000, while a Buggati’s price starts well over a million dollars.

Tesla started accepting Bitcoin as payment this month following a $1.5 billion investment last month. And thanks to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, “everyone who owns a piece of the S&P 500 now owns a piece of Bitcoin,” and in a single stroke distributing bitcoin to more people than anyone else on the planet,” he added.

And for those who are still on the sidelines, Powell said, they owe themselves to “really take a look at the fundamentals and try to understand why that is. And if you’re not understanding that, I think you must not understand how the existing financial system works and how much benefit there is to the world.”

ETH, DOT, & NFTs

As for other assets, Powell spoke about Ethereum’s PoS transition, in the process of which millions of Ether are being locked for an indefinite amount of time which is constraining the supply.

Powell predicted, “north of two thousand dollars a coin for eth by the end of this year.” ETH is currently trading above $1,800 and made ATH at $2,035 last month.

Powell also mentioned Polkadot DOT 8.89% Polkadot / USD DOTUSD $ 37.13
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, “which is sort of the next Ethereum,” and said, “you’ll see a lot of things that were on Ethereum be ported over to Polkadot for lower transaction fees.”

He also touched on NFTs, for which there is already a “huge market” as “collectibles business has been around since the dawn of humanity.” Now, it is just moving into the digital format with “tremendous commercial application.”

So, “NFTs are here to stay. Whatever you think about, you know the collectibles segment,” he added.

Valuations Will Go Higher

Talking about Coinbase’s upcoming trading debut in April, Powell said their direct competitor going public is “very exciting.”

While Coinbase was worth about $100 billion pre-IPO, it would “probably be a pop after that.” And because cryptos “really are the future of finance” and can replace everything that exists in the traditional system, “these valuations are very reasonable right now, and they can go much higher.”

This listing, Powell said, will provide them with an example and how to value Kraken.

“Historically, the crypto space has been all private. So we’ve kind of just got to speculate about how the public markets would value these businesses. And I think it’s going to be an indicator for the entire private market. And I think it’s going to send valuations of other crypto companies much higher.”

Kraken itself is on track to go public next year, in the second half, but Powell cautioned that during this time, “anything could happen in the crypto space,” so there’s no guarantee.

But, Powell assured that the exchange is “gearing up” for that by involving in discussions and “doing more acquisitions,” as their clients are constantly looking for ways to participate in the upside and the performance of the business, something that the SEC doesn’t allow.

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Coinbase Going Public Is A Watershed Moment for the Cryptocurrency Industry

Coinbase going public will be making some people very rich as institutions start to dominate exchange’s volumes, while CT was disappointed in the money-making crypto company having surprisingly small amounts of digital currencies in their treasury balance sheet.

Coinbase Global Inc. has filed with the US SEC for a direct listing on Nasdaq, and it has the crypto market excited, and the traditional markets are taking notice, as the financial statements of the company revealed that the exchange has been making a lot of money.

Interestingly, a good majority, 85% of the 130 companies that went public in the US last year, was unprofitable. But with Coinbase, the matter is altogether different.

San Francisco-based reported revenue of $1.28 billion in 2020 versus $533.7 million in 2019.

Given the record trading volume, the number of new users, as well as the crypto trading platforms it has been acquiring in just the two months of 2021 amidst the wild bull run, the revenue in the first quarter will be off the charts and is expected to surpass $2 billion, for the exchange.

This puts Coinbase with over a $100 billion valuation, more valuable than CME, ICE which owns the NYSE, CBOE, and Nasdaq.

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Source: Twitter

This will certainly be making Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong, and its top executives, rich by billions of dollars as a result of this valuation, which would make it one of the biggest companies to go public since the social media giant Facebook.

The CEO owns 21.8% of the company’s voting power, followed by a16z’s Marc Andreessen at 14.2%, who owns twice as many shares as Armstrong, and co-founder Fred Ehsram 9%. In total, the 11-member board has the majority voting control.

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Source: SEC Filing

To be listed under the ticker COIN, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, and Citigroup are the market makers who are also the advisors on the transaction with another addition Allen & Co.

One of the largest exchanges, Coinbase, reported 43 million verified users, steady growth from 23 million in Q1 of 2018. As for the transacting users, in Q4 of 2020, it was 2.8 million, nearly the same as 1Q18 at 2.7 million.

Unlike the transacting users, in 1Q18, when the market topped, Coinbase recorded $56 billion in trading volume, but during the last quarter, it was $89 billion.

The big difference has been in Coinbase’s volume by customer segment, as back in Q1 of 2018, retail dominated the exchange with more than an 80% share; it has completely changed to institutional accounting for 64% of volume in 4Q20.

Exciting & Embarrassing

Crypto Twitter (CT) has been excited about this development as Matt Huang, Co-founder at Paradigm, previously a partner at Sequoia, congratulated the company, “The Coinbase S-1 is just one step along the way toward building a legendary company… but still, one hell of a milestone.”

“This represents another major milestone in the development of the cryptocurrency industry,” tweeted Jay Hao, CEO of crypto exchange OKEx. “Coinbase’s S-1 filing will undoubtedly have a profound impact on the crypto market and usher in a new era of mainstream crypto adoption,” he added.

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Source: Twitter

What really set off the CT was the fact that Coinbase, which started in 2012 when the price of BItcoin was about $5, holds only $130 million worth of BTC.

Square’s recently announced the purchase of $170 million worth BTC is more than this, and Coinbase’s BTC stash is nowhere even near Michael Saylor’s $2.171 billion bet on Bitcoin.

Besides having 55% of their modest crypto treasury, separate from cash and cash equivalents at $1.1 billion, the company has $24 million (10%) in Ethereum ETH -5.02% Ethereum / USD ETHUSD $ 1,446.93
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, and $34 million (15%) in other altcoins.

Given that Coinbase is a cryptocurrency-centered company, some even called this crypto stash “embarrassing.”

But many expect Amrstong, Ehsram, and other early backers to own heavy Bitcoin BTC -4.15% Bitcoin / USD BTCUSD $ 46,344.77
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and crypto bags personally.

Coinbase going public, meanwhile, is also expected to be bullish for other exchanges and their tokens. “I think the bigger the Coinbase IPO gets, the better for exchange tokens. Doesn’t matter that owning an exchange token ≠ actually owning stock. Just matters that a lot of people will feel priced out of coinbase” noted trader DonAlt.

As we reported, US-based Kraken is also planning to raise funds that could more than double its valuation and surpass $20 billion.

Interestingly, in its filing with the SEC, Coinbase also mentions that they do not maintain a headquarter as of May 2020 and that they have become a remote-first company.

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Global Digital Finance Warns Hong Kong’s Proposed Rule Will Send Crypto Investors to Unregulated Exchanges

Global Digital Finance Warns Hong Kong’s Proposed Rule Will Send Crypto Investors to Unregulated Exchanges

Recently, the crypto industry players in Hong Kong have focused on fighting a proposed law that limits crypto trading only to professional investors, which will practically see about 93% of the populace locked out of the crypto market.

A key cryptocurrency advocacy group, Global Digital Finance (GDF), is warning that if the proposed law goes through, most retail investors and traders will move to unregulated and unlicensed platforms.

Global Digital Finance is made up of leading crypto exchanges such as Coinbase, BitMex, OKCoin, and Huobi, steering the efforts against the proposed new legislation.

Their caution comes after the independent Financial Services. The Treasury Bureau (FSTB) came up with a crypto regulation framework late last year that seeks to ban all retail traders from participating in the crypto market. At the time, the regulator stated that the proposal was in line with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations. At the time, the regulator explained that the new law was also meant to tighten Anti-Money Laundering (AML) as well as counter-terrorism financing measures.

However, the proposed law exceeds FATF’s recommendations and is in tandem with the stringent stance against crypto trading in mainland China.

The new law is under the public participation phase and is set to end soon before the legislation becomes law.

“Restricting cryptocurrency trading to professional investors only is different to what we have seen in other jurisdictions, such as Singapore, the UK, and the US, where retail investors can buy and sell virtual assets,” Said GDF’s chair, Malcolm Wright.

Wright explained that Hong Kong risks joining other crypto-hostile destinations stating that other FATF members such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Singapore all permit retail investors to participate in the crypto market.

A recent survey conducted by CitiBank found that only 504,000 people (7%) owned enough assets that meet a professional investor’s requirements.

The group also explained that the restrictions would also curtail innovation and even financial inclusion.

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The Elephants are Moving In; Next Will be the Baby Boomer Wealth: Galaxy Digital CEO

The Elephants are Moving In; Next Will be the Baby Boomer Wealth: Galaxy Digital CEO

Morgan Stanley is now considering becoming a Bitcoiner.

The banking giant’s $150 billion investing arm, Counterpoint Global, is considering adding Bitcoin to its list of assets, reported Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Counterpoint Global is led by Dennis Lynch and looks for unique companies whose market value can increase significantly, something Bitcoin more than fills the criteria.

The group oversees about 19 funds with prominent investments, including Amazon, Slack, Zoom, Shopify, and Moderna.

Moving ahead with its Bitcoin bet would require the approval of the regulators and the firm.

This morning Bitcoin and the rest of the crypto market is recovering from the sell-off that came not long after the price of Bitcoin nearly hit a new milestone of $50,000 following the BNY Mellon announcing support for the digital asset and Canada approving the first North American Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF).

Already, Tesla has bought $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin, and Mastercard will begin allowing cardholders to transact in selected cryptos on its network.

“The key for Bitcoin’s path higher is to win over more corporate endorsements,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda Corp.

“Bitcoin is no stranger to massive weekend moves and the next several days could easily see some wild swings.”

Even JP Morgan Chase, whose CEO Jamie Dimon called Bitcoin a “fraud,” is looking to get in with its Co-President Daniel Pinto saying that they will support Bitcoin if they find client demand, which isn’t there yet, but he’s certain that’ll change.

As such, according to Mike Novogratz, the chief executive officer of crypto investment firm Galaxy Digital, the market is yet to see more cash rush in, which is the Baby Boomer money — the “giant generational wealth transfer that’ll happen when they die off,” he said.

“I would tell you the big, big group that hasn’t participated is the baby boomer wealth channel in America,” which can’t participate through Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Charles Schwab, UBS, and others yet.

But “that’s all going to change in the next two years. I can guarantee it’s going to change because I’m seeing it. We’re working with companies, it’s going to change,” said Novogratz in a recent episode of the Odd Lots podcast.

According to him, that’s why “the elephants,” the banking giants, have been lately moving in. They would first start with their wealth management division and then their trading business.

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JPMorgan Co-President: The Bank Will Get Involved in Bitcoin If Demand is There

JPMorgan Co-President: The Bank Will Get Involved in Bitcoin If Demand is There

Which Daniel Pinto says isn’t there yet but will be at some point.

JPMorgan Chase is onboard to support Bitcoin if the banking giant sees demand for the cryptocurrency from its clients.

In an interview with CNBC, Co-President Daniel Pinto said the client demand isn’t there yet, which he’s certain will change. He said,

“If over time an asset class develops that is going to be used by different asset managers and investors, we will have to be involved.”

“The demand isn’t there yet, but I’m sure it will be at some point.”

Pinto has signaled that he is open-minded about Bitcoin in a recent company meeting, CNBC said, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.

Back in late 2017, JPMorgan CEO, Jamie Dimon, called Bitcoin a “fraud,” which is currently trading at $48,000.

This week, Bitcoin hit a new all-time high at $49,000 and is up nearly 12x from its March low.

Yesterday, America’s oldest bank BNY Mellon announced that it would hold, transfer, and issue Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, including stablecoins and CBDCs. This week has been full of institutional adoption reports from Twitter, Uber, and GM following Tesla’s announcement of $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin purchase.

Another banking giant, Goldman Sachs, has also been reportedly eyeing the cryptocurrency market. Last week, Goldman Sachs hosted a private forum with Mike Novogratz, the founder, and CEO of crypto firm Galaxy digital, for clients and employees.

“It’s possible Galaxy could help Goldman and other banks facing the same challenges,” said Damien Vanderwilt, co-president of Galaxy, who spent over two decades at Goldman Sachs. Vanderwilt expects “a range of releases over 2021,” with more corporates, pensions, and insurance companies to invest in Bitcoin.

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General Motors CEO: “No Plans to Invest in Bitcoin” But will Evaluate Accepting it as Payment

General Motors (GME) CEO: “No Plans to Invest in Bitcoin” But will Evaluate Accepting it as Payment

Ever since electric vehicle company Tesla announced that it had purchased $1.50 billion worth of Bitcoin, everyone wants to know which company will be the next to make the same decision.

Already publicly-listed, Square and MicroStrategy have done so. As we reported, even Twitter is considering adding Bitcoin to its balance sheet, but the company hasn’t made any changes yet.

So, it was only natural that people want to know if General Motors (GM) is considering the same as the company reported its fourth-quarter earnings that beat Wall Street expectations.

However, GM has no plans as such.

General Motors CEO and Chairman Mary Barra said the automaker has no plans for investing in Bitcoin. The silver lining here is that the company will be monitoring customer demand regarding accepting cryptocurrency to pay for its vehicles and services.

The company reported revenue of $37.5 billion, more than the expected $36.12 billion. GM is planning to accelerate its all-electric and autonomous vehicle development and rollout. “We are investing in the business,” Barra said.

“We see tremendous growth opportunities and we’re also accelerating EVs; $7 billion alone of the $9-$10 billion is focused on EV/AV. So we see tremendous opportunity there.”

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