Bitcoin reached a new record on Sunday, rising above US$49,000 for the first time.

The world’s largest cryptocurrency reached about US$49,694 earlier in the day, before paring gains to around US$48,904 as of 10.10 am in New York. It’s now up almost 70% so far this year. Rival cryptocurrency Ether hit a record on Saturday and is up about 150% year-to-date.

Bitcoin has been buoyed in recent months by endorsements from the likes of Paul Tudor Jones and Stan Druckenmiller. Bloomberg reported on Saturday that Morgan Stanley may bet on Bitcoin in its US$150 billion investment arm, following news late last week that BNY Mellon plans to service cryptocurrencies for its clients.

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