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06 December 2017, 11:25 | Kelvin Horton
A copy of bitcoin standing on PC motherboard is seen in this illustration
However, as Bitcoin closes out an incredible 2017 with a final surge in value, it's continued bearish outlook against the U.S. dollar masks strong indications that Bitcoin is quickly losing its lustre.
Bitcoin was last up 4.48 percent at $12,200.40 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange BTC=BTSP after surging to the record peak of $12,276.00. This means, if you had invested $500 at the start of 2017, you probably would have returned more than $5,000 by the end of the year (2017). As a result, Bitcoin now has a higher worth than renowned companies like GM and Boeing. Buoyed by this factor, the bitcoin price rose within striking distance of the $12,000 milestone, and the flagship cryptocurrency's market cap came within a hair's breadth of the $200 billion marker. This began dropping in March and hit a low of 37.78% on June 20.
"It took a long time to establish the methodology and the way bitcoin was traded". The headline-generating speculative frenzy surrounding Bitcoin has made it a household name.
As for bitcoin, the cryptocurrency itself was up more than 1,000 per cent at $11,389 as of Monday.
Bitcoin has achieved this brand recognition largely by virtue of being the first of its kind.
"For cross-border payments, there is nothing better than cryptocurrency". If you want anonymity, go for Monero or Zcash.
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"There is a lot of money flowing into bitcoin right now, mostly motivated by "fear of missing out" and greed", said Leonhard Weese, president of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong. The value of brand recognition should not be underestimated, especially when it comes to finance. In fact, Ethereum does not even intend to replace conventional money. So China's already put curbs on it. Japan, they say Japan accepted bitcoin.
The Bitcoinprice surge has been epic in the history of markets. There are quite a few advantages this offers to Bitcoin over other cryptocurrencies, and it offers new opportunities for investment - either bullish or bearish - on Bitcoin, as well as hope for a new era in cryptocurrencies in general.
According to The Guardian, British government ministers are finalising plans to regulate digital money like bitcoin, a popular cryptocurrency built upon a technology known as the blockchain - a distributed network that operates without the need for traditional banks.
Throughout the year, Bitcoin had generally steadily risen in value, creating a chart pattern that would be a trend follower's dream: steady uptrend without downside deviation that would cause risk management stops to be executed.
For starters, Bitcoin can easily replace cash. It is the technology that enables the existence of cryptocurrency, among other things. It's not a non-fiat [digital currency]. But if its dollar value and market capitalization ever slip from the top spot, it might be a death sentence.
Bitcoin is still the king of cryptocurrency because of the self-sustaining legitimacy that being at the top gives it.
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