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Bitcoin hits new record above $50,000

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Bitcoin (BTC-USD) has topped $50,000 (£35,924), breaking through the symbolic milestone or the first time in its 12-year history.

Bitcoin climbed above $50,000 at around 12.30pm in London on Tuesday. The cryptocurrency had come close to breaking through the historic level in the early hours of the morning but pulled back. Bitcoin was trading at $50,311.63 at 12.38pm in London.

Bitcoin broke through $50,000 on Tuesday. Photo: Yahoo Finance UK
Bitcoin broke through $50,000 on Tuesday. Photo: Yahoo Finance UK

The new high extends a bull run for bitcoin that began last October. The world’s biggest cryptocurrency has risen over 350% since then.

The rally has coincided with increased institutional adoption. PayPal (PYPL) said last year it would allow customers to handle the token through its platform and Mastercard (MA) followed suite last week. BNY Mellon, America’s oldest bank, said it too would handle bitcoin on behalf of clients, paving the way for more money to flow into the market.

Institutions have already been putting money into the cryptocurrency. Square (SQ) invested $50m into the cryptocurrency in October and wealth manager Ruffer put some of its £21bn ($29bn) in assets into bitcoin last November. The biggest jolt came when Tesla (TSLA) announced at the start of this month that it had invested $1.5bn into the cryptocurrency.

“Bitcoin’s ascent from $40k to $50k took 6 weeks, a relative snail’s pace given its move from $20k to $40k happened in 3 weeks,” said Antoni Trenchev, chief executive of cryptocurrency company Nexo.

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FG to extend fuel subsidy for 6 months

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The Nigerian Government may have suspended plans to end its subsidy payments as reports indicate that the FG plans to spend N720 billion for the next 6 months on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) subsidies.

This was disclosed in an exclusive report by The Guardian on Sunday, citing that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered that the subsidies remain in place for the next 6 months.

“Specifically, President Buhari has asked the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to suspend any idea on subsidy removal for five to six months so that a plan that does not harm ordinary Nigerians is evolved if the deregulation must go on,” a Government official said.

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NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari disclosed last month that the “NNPC may no longer be in a position to carry that burden because we cannot continue to carry it in our books,” after reports of fuel imports under-recovery revealed the FG was spending N120 billion a month on subsidy.
Kyari also hinted that they may soon start selling PMS at market prices saying: “NNPC importing PMS at market price and selling at N162/L. The actual market price should be between N211 and N234/L. Meaning is that consumers are not paying the market price.
“NNPC is currently the sole importer of PMS, and we’re trying to exit the underpriced sale of PMS. Eventual exit is inevitable, when it will happen I cannot say, but engagements are ongoing because the government is cognisant of the implications.”

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Google founders earn $42 billion in 100 days

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Google originators Larry Page, 48 and Sergey Brin, 47 have brought in more cash on the whole than the absolute unfamiliar money save possessions of Africa’s greatest economy.

Larry Page, as of now worth $104 billion, has acquired $21.2 billion out of 100 days; while Sergey Brin, with an abundance valuation of $100 billion, procured $20.4 billion in a similar period. Altogether, the two men have procured $41.6 billion, overshadowing Nigeria’s unfamiliar money hold which as of now remains at a gross valuation of $35 billion.

Most of Larry page’s abundance comes from his stake in Alphabet, the parent organization of Google. The Standford prepared business person presently holds $12.6 billion in real money.

Sergey Brin’s abundance valuation is additionally gotten from his stake on the planet’s most well known web crawler and by and by, his money holding is esteemed at $12.7 billion.

Noteworthy development from the world’s most remarkable economy helped purchasing tension on Google offers and its organizers saw their abundance valuation flood. Worldwide financial backers are progressively hanging on the tech juggernaut’s offers as stunning monetary information from America’s administration ventures combined with a development in the tech area filled the climb in Google shares found lately.

Thus, financial backers are heaping critical measure of assets into Alphabet Inc., the parent organization of Google, with reports saying it won its latest high legal dispute against Oracle, a case that has waited for around 3 years.

Late value activity uncovers the stock is as of now exchanging at $2,285.88 approaching its 52-week high of $2,289.04 with a yearly profit from speculation as of now fixed at 89%.

Stock savants are astonished by such record gains in Google shares notwithstanding a quick move seen recently by some institutional financial backers into utility, energy-based stocks and of late U.S Treasury securities.

The organization as of now has a market estimation of about $1.54 trillion.

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CBN freezes 11 bank accounts of companies, individual

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Wednesday reported that it got a break request from the Federal High Court, Abuja division, to freeze 11 financial balances of 5 organizations and a person for 45 days to empower it to direct examinations concerning dubious exercises.

The request follows an exparte movement, dated March 12 and recorded on March 16, looking for the compulsory request of the court to coordinate First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited, to freeze all exchanges on the recorded records and any remaining financial balances of the respondents for 180 days forthcoming the result of examination and request right now being directed by the CBN.

As indicated by the assertion from the CBN who is the offended party, the recorded names of the litigants/respondents incorporate Albert Austin Ugochukwu with 2 ledgers, Belfour Energy and Allied Services, Belfour Oil and Gas Limited with 3 financial balances, Circle Flow Integrated Services, Kacynaus Reality Nigeria Limited with 3 financial balances and Tasmara Integrated Services.

The court report additionally expresses that the request was given by the court after perusing the Affidavit on the side of the Application, Affidavit of Urgency, Verifying Affidavit and Affidavit of Non-Multiplicity of activity all removed by an Assistant Manager of the CBN, Central Business District, Oluwatoyosi Suwebat Oladipo, along with a joined show.

The request from the Federal High Court part of the way peruses, “A between time Order is made enabling the candidate to coordinate the Head Office of First City Monument Bank Ltd to freeze forthwith all exchanges on the financial balances recorded on the movement paper for a time of 45 days just forthcoming the result of examination presently being led by the Central Bank of Nigeria.”

The archive additionally expresses that the request which was given by the Presiding Judge, A.R. Mohammed, was sustainable on lapse however just on valid justifications appeared and any individual influenced by this request was qualified for approach the court to look to save, release or have the request surveyed for valid justifications, he said.

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