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Bitcoin price soars to record high

Central bank tests digital currency transactions Bitcoin price soars to record high
Mae Harvey | 13 October, 2017, 00:51

Bitcoin has raised in value by more than 75 per cent in the last four weeks.

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Bitcoin tumbled below $4 000 last month after China's central bank stepped up regulations on digital currencies, banning initial coin offerings, a popular means of fundraising for startups. It is important to note that the valuation of Bitcoin is highly volatile and more hard to sell than traditional assets. It's price also reached a historical value of $5,226; this is not the first time Bitcoin's price has soared. Nettles said interest had been much higher than anticipated and has come from banks, hedge funds and brokers.

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But that was not enough to put investors off, with bitcoin rallying around 10 per cent since then. As recently as December, bitcoin was trading at less than $1 000 dollars. Majority of cryptocurrency transactions occur in the Bitcoin network. According to data from SEMrush, a search engine data analytics company found the price had a 91% correlation with Google searches surrounding bitcoin, suggesting news surrounding the cryptocurrency increases the valuation of Bitcoin.

Interestingly, not all cryptocurrencies are following bitcoin's lead today, which usually happens when the incumbent cryptocurrency experiences price fluctuations.

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