Wall Street opens its arms to bitcoin, but doubts linger

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Signs of a widening embrace across the financial services industry sent bitcoin to new heights, with the cryptocurrency crossing $US50,000 ($64,240) for the first time.A week after Tesla announced its $US1.5 billion investment in bitcoin, the digital asset continues to make inroads into traditional finance, including news that an investment unit of Morgan Stanley is considering whether to bet on bitcoin. Canada also approved the first North American bitcoin exchange-traded fund.And there’s evidence that more companies are beginning to add services for cryptocurrencies -- an asset class that is still lightly regulated and controversial among policymakers. On Thursday, BNY Mellon said it’s formed a new team that’s developing a custody and administration platform for traditional and digital assets. Mastercard has said it will begin allowing cardholders to transact in certain cryptocurrencies on its network.The combination of luminaries like billionaire Elon Musk and powerhouse banks is adding fresh ammunition to bitcoin’s…

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