Ethereum is a decentralized, open-source blockchain that allows users to create smart contracts. The platform's native cryptocurrency is Ether. Ether is the second most valuable cryptocurrency after Bitcoin in terms of market capitalization. Vitalik Buterin, a programmer, created Ethereum in 2013.
With a 24-hour trading volume of $21,034,585,801 USD, the current Ethereum price is $4,565.66 USD. In the previous 24 hours, Ethereum has gained 4.54 percent. With a live market cap of $539,605,366,515 USD, CoinMarketCap currently ranks #2.
Thai cryptocurrency exchange Bitkub has been bought by Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), which now owns a 51 percent share.
According to a statement made Tuesday, Thailand's oldest bank, SCB, paid 17.85 billion baht ($536.6 million) for the exchange's majority ownership.
Subject to regulatory approval, the acquisition is scheduled to close in the first quarter of 2022.
Shivam Thakral, CEO, BuyUcoin, said "Ethereum's beacon chain's affair upgrade is off to a flying start which is boosting the Ether price globally. Ethereum blockchain has very strong fundamentals and is widely used in fast-growing Defi and NFT projects which makes the future of Ether even more promising. Ether has delivered a stellar return on investments with impressive growth of around 400% since the beginning of this year. The recent upgrade will make Ethereum a more secure and resilient network for crypto-related transactions which will further boost investor confidence. Ether has emerged as one of the best performing asset classes of 2021 offering a lucrative and sustainable return on investments."
According to a statement released by Commonwealth Bank on Wednesday, the bank will be the first in Australia to offer crypto services to consumers.
In conjunction with Gemini and intelligence firm Chainalysis, the bank will offer a crypto exchange and custody service.