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Tesla Rival Fisker Won’t Invest in Bitcoin, Says CEO

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By citing environmental issues, the CEO of the electric vehicle company Fisker said it has no plans to buy or allow payments with bitcoin.

Tesla’s electric vehicle competitor Fisker Automotive has no plans to interact with bitcoin, said the company’s CEO, Henrik Fisker. During a recent interview, the executive also touched upon the growing environmental concerns and called BTC “not a sustainable solution.”

Fisker Won’t Get Involved With Bitcoin

Although Tesla and its CEO, Elon Musk, caused massive turbulence in the markets most recently, the electric vehicle maker is actually one of the largest BTC holders. Earlier this year, the firm filed a document with the SEC showing it had purchased $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin in January.

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Since then, Tesla has made the news with each BTC interaction, which raised questions among other companies if they will look into following the example. One of the largest Tesla competitors, Fisker Automotive, however, has no such plans.

The co-founder and CEO, Henrik Fisker, recently refuted any assumptions that his firm could buy or enable bitcoin payments. Furthermore, he didn’t seem concerned with any changes in terms of the most utilized global currency.

“I don’t think anybody can foresee what the currency is going to be in five years. At this point, I’m not really bothered by what the currency is.”

Henrik Fisker and a Fisker Car. Source: CarAndDriver
Henrik Fisker and a Fisker Car. Source: CarAndDriver

Energy Consumption Is an Issue

Interestingly, Fisker actually joined Tesla in the reasoning why they plan to steer clear from bitcoin. As it became painfully known by now, Musk’s company said it will cease receiving BTC transfers for its products due to “environmental issues.”

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Later on, the billionaire argued that most of the bitcoin mining comes from fossil fuels, which has been debunked numerous times in the past.

Nevertheless, Fisker’s executive said, “I just don’t think it’s a sustainable solution. It’s not environmental-friendly, and we would not do that.”

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Billionaire Mark Cuban Identifies Altcoin With ‘Most Upside’ As Bitcoin Blasts Above $60,000

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As Bitcoin shoots above $60,000, business magnate Mark Cuban says one altcoin stands above the rest in terms of investment potential.

In a new interview with CNBC Make It, the billionaire says that Ethereum (ETH) is the best crypto prospect on the market.

“As an investment, I think Ethereum has the most upside.”

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Cuban, who previously stated that smart contracts on Ethereum’s blockchain have revolutionized the cryptocurrency market, believes that the second-largest crypto by market cap is the digital asset which most resembles legal tender.

“I wish I had bought [Ethereum] sooner. I think it’s the closest thing we have to a true currency.”

Cuban went on to reiterate his position that Bitcoin (BTC) is superior to gold because not only is its supply scarce, but it’s easier to transfer, store, trade, and fractionalize. That sentiment is shared by fellow billionaire CEO Chamath Palihapitiya of Social Capital and Virgin Galactic.

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Cuban’s comments come on the heels of him saying that customers prefer making payments in Dogecoin (DOGE) rather than BTC at his venues because Bitcoin tends to be a highly appreciable asset.

Ethereum is exchanging hands at $3,839 at time of writing, an 11% increase from its seven-day low of $3,431, according to CoinGecko.

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ProShares Set for Bitcoin Futures ETF Launch on Monday After Apparent SEC Approval

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission has reportedly greenlit the country’s first Bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF).

ProShares, an ETF provider, filed a post-effective amendment prospectus on Friday that states the company plans to launch the BTC Futures ETF on Monday, a sign that the SEC has approved the product.

The fund doesn’t invest directly in Bitcoin, but it provides price exposure to Bitcoin futures contracts, a first in the US.

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Both Bloomberg and CNBC, citing people “familiar with the matter,” reported earlier in the week that the SEC planned to approve BTC futures ETFs from ProShares and the independent investment firm Invesco Ltd.

Invesco’s ETF is also set to provide exposure to a collection of exchange-traded products (ETPs) and private investment trusts that hold Bitcoin, rather than direct investments in BTC itself.

Last month, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler said he was open to ETFs for Bitcoin futures, noting that they are filed under mutual fund guidelines which provide “significant investor protections.”

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Bitcoin is trading at $61,549.38 at time of writing and is up 6.6% in the past day and more than 40% in the past two weeks, according to CoinGecko.

BTC hit its all-time high of $64,804.72 in mid-April.

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Bitcoin May See Real Peak If ETF Is Approved and I May Cash Out Half My ETH: CNBC’s Jim Cramer

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Jim Cramer shares a common view that Bitcoin has the opportunity to reach a short-term peak or even a real peak if Bitcoin ETFs are approved next week.

Host of CNBC’s Mad Money, Jim Cramer, has talked to Andrew Sorkin from CNBC’s Squawk Box show about the prospects of the Bitcoin price if or when four Bitcoin futures ETFs get the SEC’s approval next week.

Cramer also stated that he may cash out half of his Ethereum stash.

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SEC approval for ETF may push Bitcoin up, Cramer says

Answering Sorkin’s question, Cramer stated that a lot of people believe there is a high chance that the senior cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, may hit a short-term or even a real price peak if four BTC-based ETFs are approved by the SEC next week.

He corrected the host and said that the regulatory agency may approve not just one but four Bitcoin futures ETFs next week.

However, he stated that people are running ahead of a possible ETF approval.

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Bitcoin spikes to $59,500 as chance for ETF approval emerges

Earlier today, the flagship digital currency, Bitcoin, soared to a multi-month high of $59,500 on the Bitstamp exchange. It happened after Bloomberg released a report, saying that so far the Securities and Exchange Commission has not objected to approving multiple Bitcoin futures ETFs that were submitted to it earlier this year.

The Bloomberg article stated that the information had been confirmed by multiple sources close to the SEC and to the matter in question.

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The media giant’s ETF analyst, Eric Balchunas, believes that the likelihood of Bitcoin ETFs getting the green light has now risen to more than 90%. Still, he is not ready to “close the case” yet.

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