Bitcoin Rise More Than 10% As Risk Appetite Ramps Up


  • Bitcoin has escalates for as 13% on last Friday to trade above $21,000 for the first time in two weeks.
  • The Cryptocurrency prices advanced also risen in US markets that put the S&P 500 on track to break a string of weekly losses.

Bitcoin and stocks found fuel in a decline in the US dollar, which has surged recently.
Bitcoin leapt to a two-week high Friday as a drop in the strong US dollar helped fuel a jump in stocks and other risk assets.

Bitcoin gained as much as 13% to $21,375.38, the first time the price has topped $21,000 since August 26. The rise was later pared to 11%.

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The bounce took place as US stocks advanced, pushing the S&P 500, the Nasdaq Composite, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average toward breaking a three-week long losing streak. The tech-rich Nasdaq was up more than 2% during the session.

“Bitcoin is welcoming the return of risk appetite and a falling US dollar. The broad market rally has rejuvenated cryptos and that could continue if investors continue to look beyond hawkish central bank overtures and lingering recession risks,” Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda, said in a Friday note.

The US Dollar Index fell 0.7% to 108.36, its weakest level in more than a week. The index that measures the greenback’s performance against six currencies recently hit fresh 20-year highs beyond 110.The dollar has been advancing as Federal Reserve officials prepare investors for a potential rate hike of 75 basis points later this month, the third consecutive increase of that size, as the central bank works to cool down hot inflation.

Ether, which runs on the Ethereum network, rose as much as 6% to top $1,700 for the first time since August 25. Solana moved 4.2% higher, and cardano picked up 2%.

Users of the Ethereum network are gearing up for the Ethereum Merge, a network update scheduled to take place on September 13 through 15. The upgrade is aimed at making the blockchain technology known for running smart contracts more efficient and less costly for transactions.

Price gains for cryptocurrencies pushed the value of the cryptocurrency market back above $1 trillion this week. The market cap dropped from more than $3 trillion in November 2021 after a months-long, so-called crypto winter.

Elsewhere on the crypto front, Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto trading platform FTX said Friday it will acquire a 30% stake in SkyBridge Capital. The investment firm run by Anthony Scaramucci will use a portion of the funds to purchase $40 million in cryptocurrencies to hold on its corporate balance sheet as a long-term investment. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

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Our Refusal To Delay Scheduled Flight For Emir Of Kano Not Disrespectful, Says Air Peace


Air Peace has accused Isa Bayero of threatening to incite Kano people against the airline following an unsuccessful request for its 6:15am flight to be delayed to accommodate the Emir of Kano and his entourage.

The airline in the response on Friday also denied disrespecting the Emir of Nigeria’s most populous state as claimed by Bayero.

Bayero had written the Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, Musa Shuaibu Nuhu, to sanction Air Peace for ‘disrespecting’ the Emir and the people of Kano.

The airline in its explanation of the incident which happened on Friday said the monarch had arrived at the Murtala Muhammed airport in the early hours of Friday from the Gambia and contacted its Chief Executive Officer, Allen Onyema demanding to board the airline’s first flight scheduled for 6:15am.

“He told the Chairman to delay the Airlines’s first flight of the day, the 6:15am Lagos-Kano flight for the Emir and his entourage,” said Air Peace Chief Operating Officer, Toyin Olajide.

Contrary to Bayero’s claim that Onyema outrightly declined the request, Air Peace said the CEO contacted her before politely explaining to him that the plane was already taxing.

She said that in line with its re-routing obligation under the Aviation Law and in deference to the exalted office of the Emir, Bayero was contacted and he was offered to put the Emir and his entourage on the 7.00am Lagos -Abuja flight.

The statement added, “On arriving Abuja, the Airline would then put the Emir and his entourage on our direct flight to Kano at no cost. Mr. Isa Bayero refused this offer; he insisted that the already taxiing aircraft should be stopped and delayed until the Emir and the other eight persons with him arrived from the International Airport.

“The decision was to fly them from Abuja to Kano still in the morning, considering the next flight from Lagos to Kano was for 7pm later in the evening.

How this became a disrespectful action by Air Peace baffles the Airline.

“After explaining this to Isa Bayero, he not only behaved in a disrespectful manner but also threatened he would incite the people of Kano against the Airline- if we did not stop the flight.”

The airline insisted that the decision to obey the request was in the Emir’s interest.

The statement said, “We took this decision so as to defend the image of our highly reverred Emir of Kano and not to insult him as insinuated by Isa Bayero.

“This is because if the passengers had been delayed for an additional hour after boarding and ready to fly, and then saw the Emir and his entourage walk in – considering the pulse of the general public lately due to complaints regarding delays – it would not have done justice to the image and character of the Emir.

“It is so unfortunate that Isa Bayero will go to this extent to portray the Chairman and Air Peace in this manner. The Chairman of Air Peace has the highest regard for the traditional institution as it could be recalled that the Emir of Kano had previously issued a certificate of commendation to the Chairman for his philanthropic work to the people of Kano and as such holds the office of the Emir and all traditional institutions in highest esteem.

“We are therefore appalled that this statement would be made to incite such negativity towards the Airline. We make bold to say that the Emir of Kano we know would have been offended to know that a flight already taxiing was halted and delayed for over 40 minutes for him.

“The Emir would never have supported this publication. He may not have even known our offers and our reasons given to Prince Isa Bayero. We reiterate our respects to our revered Emir of Kano.”

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