Bitcoin Price Hits Record After Tesla Buys

SourceThe New York Times
SectorTechnology
CountryMiddle east

Bitcoin Skyrockets After Tesla Says It Bought $1.5 Billion Worth: Live UpdatesBitcoin Price Hits Record After Tesla BuysFeb. 8, 2021, 8:32 a.m. ETFeb. 8, 2021, 8:32 a.m.

ETBy Michael J. de la MercedTesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, is known for promoting cryptocurrencies.Credit...Hannibal Hanschke/ReutersThe electric-car maker Tesla is known for bucking convention. That apparently extends to using its own corporate cash to buy Bitcoin.The company disclosed in its annual report on Monday that it had purchased $1.5 billion worth of the cryptocurrency, as part of an initiative begun last month to invest in alternative assets like digital currencies and gold bullion. It added that it expected to begin accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment “in the near future.”Tesla said it held $19.4 billion in cash and equivalents as of Dec. 31.Other companies, including the payments processor Square and the business intelligence software provider MicroStrategy, have publicly said they were investing corporate cash in Bitcoin. Tesla is perhaps the most prominent...read more...