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Since bitcoin traded above its record at the start of December, major banks have also warmed to the token as an alternative to popular hedge assets like gold. JPMorgan strategists said Tuesday that institutional investors' growing interest in bitcoin will pull cash out of gold in the long term.
The token's rally is a "vindication" for investors who rode out its infamous boom and bust, said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at Oanda. Now read more markets coverage from Markets Insider and Business Insider:.
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Markets Insider. The clearing is controlled by asymmetric cryptography, the public key identifying an account, while a corresponding private key allows sending balances from that account. In addition to clearing, Bitcoin also contains an inelastic production function.
Clearing mechanism together with a defined supply allows Bitcoin to be used as a medium of exchange. Whether you call it a currency or commodity or a quasi-commodity Selgin from a trading perspective, Bitcoin is an instrument just like other currencies which can be bought or sold. Risk is mentioned in the description of every financial product and the potential gain is calculated based on the rewards.
When it comes to investment, Bitcoin is not dissimilar to any other financial product and the fact that it's a new phenomenon, naturally, it will have more potential for volatility before it becomes stable.
Bitcoin's value is ultimately proportionate to the trust of people, whether they are early adopters or are just starting to use it for day-to-day payments, and this will drive the growth of Bitcoin as it's becoming more and more integrated into the world's economy.