Bitcoin is picking up momentum once again, approaching a record high set last month, amid a broader risk-on rally in financial markets.

The worlds largest digital asset rose to as high as $57,679, bouncing back from a rout at the end of February. Earlier, Bitcoins market value

passed $1 trillion for the first time since February as President Joe Bidens Covid-19 relief

bill bolstered optimism in financial markets. It set an all-time high of $58,350 on Feb. 21.

Bitcoins resilience is proving to be the stuff of legend, said Antoni Trenchev, managing partner and co-founder of Nexo in London, a crypto lender. Every correction is an opportunity to reset and restart the move upwards.

Bitcoin is up more than sevenfold in the past year amid increasing institutional interest. Advocates champion the cryptocurrency as a store of value akin to gold that can act as a hedge against inflation and a weaker dollar. Others argue that the rally is a giant stimulus-fueled bubble on track to burst like it did in the 2017-2018 boom and bust cycle.

Industry participants, however, argue that the rise of institutional adoption will prevent that fate, especially Tesla Inc.s $1.5 billion investment in Bitcoin and CEO Elon Musks endorsements of the digital asset on social media. Billionaire investor Mike Novogratz, who runs

Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd., has said that Bitcoin could

reach $100,000 by the end of the year.

With assistance by Eric Lam

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