Crypto investment firm Grayscale sees 900% jump in assets to $20 billion amid bitcoin frenzy

Grayscale kicked off last year with $2 billion in assets under management and ended with more than $20.2 billion, driven by demand from institutional investors such as hedge funds, endowments and pension funds.
Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust became a popular, publicly traded way for investors to get exposure to cryptocurrency without owning the coins themselves.
“There’s no longer professional risk of investing in the digital currency asset class — there’s probably more career risk in not paying attention to it,” said CEO Michael Sonnenshein.

Record $1 billion worth of bitcoin linked to the Silk Road seized by U.S. government

Thousands of bitcoins — worth $1 billion — were seized by law enforcement this week in what the Justice Department said was the largest seizure of cryptocurrency in the history of agency.
The cryptocurrency is linked to sales of illicit drugs and goods on Silk Road, a dark web marketplace that shut down in 2013.
“Silk Road was the most notorious online criminal marketplace of its day,” says U.S. Attorney David Anderson of the Northern District of California. “The successful prosecution of Silk Road’s founder in 2015 left open a billion-dollar question. Where did the money go?”

U.S.-China trade deal will hold for now, former Trump trade negotiator says

The trade deal inked by Washington and Beijing is likely to hold for now, according to former top White House trade negotiator Clete Willems.
Willems’ comments came White House advisor Peter Navarro stoked confusion about the status of the U.S.-China trade deal, which briefly sent investors reeling.
Following the debacle, Willems said there are “two lessons” that investors can learn from this.

XRP loses 10% as cryptocurrency market struggles

XRP, the third-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, has lost a further 10.14% in the last day to fall back to just $0.273.

Today marks the third consecutive day of losses for the cryptocurrency, which fell from a 2020 peak of over $0.343 down to its current value—equivalent to a loss of almost 19% in less than three days.