Apple’s first proprietary credit card, which is issued in partnership with Goldman Sachs and entered a limited launch last week, is reportedly approving customers with low credit scores in a move to cast as wide a net as possible.
Seeking out low credit score customers could be a risky move in the current economic climate. Other banks reportedly turned down the Apple Card partnership due to profitability concerns.
Thinking outside the box could help Apple and Goldman attract a wide audience for their card — but they may have to work to garner spend.
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Bitcoin Breaks Multiple Supports to Trade Above $5,800 as All Top 20 Coins Rally
Friday, May 3 — the crypto markets have rallied today, with #bitcoin (BTC) breaking new 2019 highs. All the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market cap are seeing significant gains over the past 24 hours, as well as over the past 7 days to press time.
Bitcoin has broken multiple price thresholds over the day, having surged to as high as $5,854 from an intraday low of $5,448. At press time, the biggest cryptocurrency is trading at $5,808, up 6.5% over the past 24 hours. Following a significant price surge, bitcoin is up almost 10% over the past 7 days.
Bitcoin’s dominance has also increased, up from 54.5% at the beginning of the day to 55.2% at press time.
#Ether (ETH), the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, surged about 5%, trading at around $170 at press time and seeing 8.3% growth over the past 7 days.
#XRP, the second-top altcoin, rose 2.4%, trading at $0.312 at press time. Over the past 7 days, the cryptocurrency is up 5.7%. Total #market capitalization spiked to as high as $187 billion today, down to $186 billion at press time. Daily trading volume has again broken $50 billion to account for more than $56 billion at press time.
Out of the top 20 cryptocurrencies by market cap, Cosmos (ATOM) is seeing the biggest gains over the day, up more than 10%. Ranked 15th on CoinMarketCap, the altcoin is now trading at 4.8%, while the coin’s market capitalization accounts for $950 billion.
Earlier today, citing an analyst at market strategy firm Fundstrat Global Advisors, Bloomberg reported that bitcoin’s price may pull back soon, but the accumulation phase is not yet over.
Also today, the Wall Street Journal reported that social media giant Facebook is seeking a $1 billion investment to develop its rumored cryptocurrency project Facebook Coin. According to the report, #Facebook is now discussing potential backing from major payment operators Visa and MasterCard.
Yesterday, American asset management firm Fidelity Investments published the results of a survey claiming that 22% of institutional investors already own digital assets.