Bitcoin tops $7,000; Morgan Creek launches digital asset fund

Bitcoin prices were moving higher Tuesday, touching a three-week high of $7,044.35 and on track to log five winning sessions over the last six.

The No. 1 digital currency is now more than 20% off its August 14 low. A single Bitcoin

BTCUSD, +4.69%

 last changed hands at $7,026.64, up 4.5% since Monday 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the Kraken exchange.

The move higher in Bitcoin comes as the U.S. dollar is in the midst of a period of weakness, which has caught the eye of analysts.

“This kind of behavior is typical of commodities. As the buck falls, it takes more dollars to buy a barrel of oil or an ounce of gold and vice versa,” said Mati Greenspan, senior market analyst at eToro. “My suspicion here is that as the dollar dominates the markets, people are placing more faith in it over Bitcoin and of course, vice versa, when the dollar falls.”

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Morgan Creek Digital launches crypto fund

Morgan Creek Digital, an operating subsidiary of Morgan Creek Capital Management announced the launch of a digital asset index fund. The fund, which is in partnership with San Francisco-based Bitwise Asset Management, is a market cap-weighted basket of the top 10 largest digital assets, excluding Ripple and Stellar as they have a central supply of more than 30%.

“Increasingly, institutional investors are coming to us asking for exposure to the space,” said Mark Yusko, CIO of Morgan Creek Asset Management. “We wanted to create a vehicle tailored for those investors. Bitwise was the ideal partner to do this with because of their institutional approach, experienced team, and track record of success.”

The fund will have a minimum buy-in of $50,000 and will begin accepting subscriptions this week, according to Hunter Horsley, Bitwise CEO.

Altcoins extending gains in early Tuesday trading in New York

Altcoins, coins alternative to Bitcoin, have burst higher Tuesday. Ether

ETHUSD, +3.88%

was trading up 4% at $287.94, Bitcoin Cash

BCHUSD, +4.12%

was up 3.9% at $551.80, Litecoin

LTCUSD, +6.23%

up 5.5% at $60.96, and Ripple’s XRP coin

XRPUSD, +6.04%

was trading at 35 cents, up 6%.

Futures are tracking spot prices higher. The Cboe Global Markets Inc.’s September contract

XBTU8, +4.69%

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