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Bitcoin Breaks $8,000 Barrier Amid Speculation Over Spin-Off One unit of the cryptocurrency now valued at more than six times an ounce of gold The Guardian – November 17, 2017

Bitcoin Breaks $8,000 Barrier Amid Speculation Over Spin-Off
One unit of the cryptocurrency now valued at more than six times an ounce of gold
The Guardian – November 17, 2017

The price of the virtual currency bitcoin has broken the $8,000 barrier for the first time, prompting speculation that it could soar past $10,000 by the end of the year.

The rise means one unit of the world’s first major cryptocurrency is now valued at more than six times an ounce of gold, traditionally seen as a safe-haven investment in times of economic turmoil.

Bitcoin’s value is regularly volatile but despite several steep falls this year it has now surged tenfold from around $800 at the beginning of 2017 to more than $8,000 in the early hours of Friday morning.

Its latest increase, a month after it broke through $5,000, is linked to speculation about the likelihood of a “hard fork” to create a spin-off currency.

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