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This week in crypto: Apr 6-12

In this week’s report: Bitcoin-mining stocks heat up, real-estate giant to accept crypto for rent, and Tom Brady joins NFT boom

Published on April 12, 2021

The big picture

Earlier today, Bitcoin came close to breaking its all-time high (set on March 13), rising above $61,000 before dropping back under the $60,000 line. In other news, Boston-based banking giant State Street, with over $3 trillion under management, announced its plans to offer cryptocurrency trading to institutional clients. State Street is the latest in a string of banking giants seeking to pursue crypto, including  Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Bank of New York Mellon

Meanwhile, Los Angeles-based Caruso Properties — one of the largest real-estate companies in the U.S. — will start  start accepting Bitcoin as payment for rent. "I believe bitcoin and cryptocurrency will play an important role in our collective future," said founder Rick Caruso. The company has also joined Tesla, MicroStrategy, Square, and others by investing some of its corporate treasury (around 1 percent) in bitcoin. 

Last week, we covered the spike in Filecoin — which has cooled this week, losing 11 percent. Curious about how other major cryptocurrencies did? Here’s the return-on-investment percentages for the ten biggest cryptocurrencies (by market cap) tradable on Coinbase: 

NFTs become popular celebrity side-gig

In the wake of digital artist Beeple’s record-breaking $69 million NFT (short for non-fungible token) sale, boldface names from the Kings of Leon to Jack Dorsey have sold NFTs of their own — and the number of celebrities investing in the space just keeps growing. From Tom Brady to Ashton Kutcher, here’s the latest NFT news:

Spotlight: Bitcoin mining stocks boom

As we’ve covered, Bitcoin’s bull run has been driven in part by institutional investors warming to the cryptocurrency. But during the same period, a related asset category has often wildly outperformed bitcoin itself. Investors in major North American crypto-mining stocks — including Marathon Patent Group, Riot Blockchain, and Hut 8 Mining — have seen returns as high as 10,000 percent since bitcoin began its rise last autumn. Unsurprisingly, many of these firms are ramping up capacity.  

Further reading: is Bitcoin really the new gold?

In a new opinion piece, Bloomberg’s senior editor for markets John Authers digs into whether Bitcoin is replacing gold for investors looking for a hedge against inflation. Data in the article suggests that over the past year, institutional investors have been selling gold in favor of Bitcoin: “Institutions appear to be making a decision to allocate some money to bitcoin as a hedge against a fiat collapse.” Learn more about inflation.