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Google is teaming up with Citi to roll out the new Plex service, which offers online checking and savings accounts housed within Google Pay’s newly revamped digital wallet platform.

In a press release, the New York-based financial services giant reveals that with the Citi Plex Account, Citibank clients will be able to access their accounts directly within the Google Pay app.

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Anand Selva, the CEO of US Consumer Banking with Citibank, says the firm is working with Google to offer its users a more streamlined mobile banking experience.

“Just over a year ago, we set out on a journey with Google to create an experience that is 100% digital, and different, in banking. The Citi Plex Account is designed to give customers an always-on, friction-free, personalized experience at their fingertips.”

Citi president and CEO Jane Fraser says the partnership is a venture to reach a new breed of customers.

“This collaboration gives us a platform to drive significant scale in our retail bank. By unlocking the power of our respective ecosystems, we can deepen our existing relationships and serve an exponentially larger and new generation of customers.”

Citi touts that Google Pay’s new Plex Account will not require users to hold a minimum balance in their account, nor will it penalize overdraft. It also comes with no monthly account fees.

In addition, the Plex Account offers the option to request the issuance of a digital Mastercard debit card that will be instantly accessible to the user.

To utilize Google Pay’s new digital banking features, users can download the app and sign up for the Citi Plex Account waitlist.

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Japan’s SBI Holdings is launching a Bitcoin lending service

SBI Holdings has announced the launching of a crypto lending service, beginning with Bitcoin. The service will be available on the digital currency trading platform, SBI VC Trade. SBI Holdings, the leading financial services company in Japan, announced on Tuesday that it launched a cryptocurrency lending service. Starting with Bitcoin (BTC), the service will be […]

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  • SBI Holdings has announced the launching of a crypto lending service, beginning with Bitcoin.
  • The service will be available on the digital currency trading platform, SBI VC Trade.

SBI Holdings, the leading financial services company in Japan, announced on Tuesday that it launched a cryptocurrency lending service. Starting with Bitcoin (BTC), the service will be rolled out later to include other popularly-traded digital currencies, including Ether (ETH) and Ripple (XRP). The Japanese financial services giant mentioned in the announcement that the crypto lending service will also feature optimal trading opportunities. 

SBI Holdings debuts Bitcoin lending service

According to the announcement today, lending service is made available on SBI Holdings digital currency trading subsidiary, SBI VC Trade. As the service debuted with Bitcoin, the customers can lend out their Bitcoin to the crypto company, which would attract interest for them after the stated lending duration expires. The works are similar to other digital currency lending platforms. SBI Holdings accepts a minimum of 0.1 BTC and 5 BTC as maximum lending quantity.

For a lending period of 84 days, customers will earn 1.0 percent (tax included) annually of the deposited coins annually. As noted earlier, SBI Holdings intends to expand the services to include Ether and Ripple, as well as the types of lending periods, per the announcement. The development is coming after recent reports that a crypto lending platform, Cred, filed for bankruptcy, with many sources citing mismanagement of funds as a cause.

Reliability is a factor

“One of the risks of cryptocurrency lending service is the risk of bankruptcy of the lender,” the SBI Holdings’ translated page reads. “All of our customers’ lending destinations for our cryptocurrency lending service are SBI Group companies that boast high reliability, so you can use it with confidence.” 

The company further revealed its intentions to introduce more market-suited trading opportunities.

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Max Keiser: Institutions Will Purchase Bitcoin Directly From Miners And Box Out The Public As Price Reaches $1M

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Max Keiser: Institutions Will Purchase Bitcoin Directly From Miners And Box Out The Public As Price Reaches $1M

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Amid the COVID-19 crisis, economies worldwide have shuddered and governments have been forced to introduce drastic measures to resuscitate the ailing economy. As a result of this uncertainty, bitcoin has become an attractive investment for institutions. The spark that started with MicroStrategy’s jumbo bitcoin purchase morphed to an institutional frenzy around the flagship cryptocurrency.

The increased appetite for bitcoin from institutions comes from its budding image as a digital store of value. As the demand grows, the supply for BTC shrinks. Max Keiser, vocal bitcoin champion and founder of crypto-focused venture capitalist firm Heisenberg Capital, thinks this serious supply pressure will drive the price of bitcoin to $1 million.

Speaking with Express, Keiser noted that bitcoin’s supply is fixed at 900 BTC per day and will be slashed in half again to 450 BTC in 2024. And this is why he’s of the opinion that institutional players will devise ways of purchasing bitcoin directly from the miners, subsequently shutting out the public. This will be accompanied by the incredible price growth to $1,000,000.

Keiser goes on to predict that Generation Zs who purchased bitcoin while it was trading below $100 will be “the new global elite”. “The world order is about to flip”, he added.

The daily demand for bitcoin from leading crypto exchanges currently exceeds the supply minted by miners on a daily basis. To put things into perspective, the daily demand on these trading platforms totals 2,600 BTC, while miners can only produce 900 BTC per day. Keiser described this supply-demand disparity as “amazing”.

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Bitcoin has especially attracted the attention of multi-billion-dollar corporations and billionaires this year. Besides MicroStrategy, Square and Stone Ridge also allocated significant portions of their idle cash reserves to bitcoin, while PayPal recently launched a crypto service that allows users to buy, hold, and sell bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Interestingly, according to Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead, PayPal and Square’s Cash App are buying more than 100% of newly-minted bitcoins.

And there are also renowned investors putting their money into bitcoin including Paul Tudor Jones and Stan Druckenmiller. Celebrities like Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams have also come out as BTC HODLers.

As more institutions and billionaires come to the bitcoin space, the supply scarcity will intensify. The only way supply and demand counterbalance are at a higher price.


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Source: https://zycrypto.com/max-keiser-institutions-will-purchase-bitcoin-directly-from-miners-and-box-out-the-public-as-price-reaches-1m/

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A $20K Bitcoin Likely as Trump Authorizes Biden Transition

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Bitcoin is looking to retest its all-time high, near $20,000, as Donald Trump authorizes his administration to cooperate with president-elect Joe Biden’s transition team.

The flagship cryptocurrency rose cautiously on Tuesday, hours after the General Services Administration’s head Emily Murphy informed Mr. Biden that Mr. Trump had approved the official government transition process.

The statement came after Michigan certified the election results. The state found no evidence of significant voter fraud, as had claimed by Mr. Trump.

Bitcoin Boom Continues

As of 0755 UTC, the bitcoin-to-dollar exchange rate was up 0.17 percent, much in line with the US stock futures that too climbed in the pre-session trading Tuesday. Futures tied to the benchmark S&P 500 — for instance — ascended by 0.6 percent ahead of the London opening bell. Stocks in Asia surged likewise.

Markets had expressed uneasiness after the sitting US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin refused to extend support to the Federal Reserve’s emergency lending facilities. Analysts noted that Mr. Trump used his human resource tools to constraint Mr. Biden’s administration’s powers to tackle the US economic fallout.

Bitcoin remains one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Fed’s lending programs.

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Bitcoin rallies 400% from its mid-March lows. Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

The central bank printed about 20 percent of the US dollar bills that has ever existed in 2020 alone. On the other hand, Bitcoin did the complete opposite with an inherent economic policy that cut its supply by half every four years.

Fears of inflation, coupled with negative-yielding debts, pushed investors towards scarcer alternatives like Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency rose by more than 350 percent after the Fed announced its expansionary programs. The Trump administration attempted to end a big part of those aids, thus hurting Bitcoin’s further bullish prospects.

The GSA statement eased a pressing source of uncertainty for investors about the smooth White House handover to Mr. Biden. Robert Rennie, global head of market strategy for Westpac, told FT that the transition would limit the impact of Mr. Mnuchin’s decision.

Stimulus Package

A clear transition for Mr. Biden further paved the way for the long-pending coronavirus relief package.

The president-elect has earlier committed to increasing government spending to tackle the rising unemployment alongside COVID-19 infections. Should the Democrats win a majority in the Senate and Congress, the second stimulus package will face no political resistance.

Retail and institutional investors (read PayPal) have increased their Bitcoin exposure against a similar outlook. More stimulus reduces the US dollar’s purchasing power. It turns more people towards the safety of scarce assets like Bitcoin, so says Alex Mashinsky of Celsius Network. Excerpts:

“People must understand that there is no return in bonds, and they carry many risks. And buying into the stock market at all-time highs in the middle of a pandemic and a recession does not sound like an appetizing proposition.”

That somewhat justifies why Bitcoin would retest $20,000 by the end of this year — or in the first quarter of 2021 on tops.

Source: https://bitcoinist.com/a-20k-bitcoin-likely-as-trump-authorizes-biden-transition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-20k-bitcoin-likely-as-trump-authorizes-biden-transition

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