Bitcoin crosses $15,000 mark as investors pile in

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Bitcoin crosses $15,000 mark as investors pile in

The rally came just a day after the virtual currency, which has been used to buy everything under the sun, hit the $12,000 mark for the first time.

By AFP

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Published: Fri 8 Dec 2017, 8:42 AM

Last updated: Fri 8 Dec 2017, 9:35 AM

Bitcoin ploughed past $15,000 to a fresh record on Thursday, triggering a warning the cryptocurrency was "like a charging train with no brakes" and prompting fresh concern about its looming launch on mainstream markets.

It struck a new high of $15,075 in European trading hours, according to Bloomberg News.

The rally came just a day after the virtual currency, which has been used to buy everything from an ice cream to soft drinks, hit the $12,000 mark for the first time, while it has soared more than 50 per cent in value in just one week.
Bitcoin - which came into being in 2009 as a bit of encrypted software and has no central bank backing it - has risen from a 2017 low of $752 in mid-January, and surged dramatically in the past month.
The increased interest has been driven by growing acceptance among traditional investors of an innovation once considered the preserve of computer nerds and financial experts.
US regulators last week cleared the way for Bitcoin futures to trade on major exchanges, including the world's biggest futures centre the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME).
But some, including the US Federal Reserve, have warned against dabbling in Bitcoin as it could threaten financial stability, and fears of a bubble have increased as the price has soared.
"Bitcoin now seems like a charging train with no brakes," said Shane Chanel, from Sydney-based ASR Wealth Advisers. "There is an unfathomable amount of new participants piling into the cryptocurrency market."
Bu he warned: "Once the hype slows down, we will most certainly see some sort of correction."
Transactions happen when heavily encrypted codes are passed across a computer network.
Bitcoin and other virtual currencies use blockchain, which records transactions that are updated in real time on an online ledger and maintained by a network of computers.



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