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By JAMES FRANCIS TIMOTHY, Associated PressBitcoin is the new gold, and it’s about to get a lot more expensive.
After an unprecedented run of record-breaking gains, the virtual currency is now at $2,878 per coin in the digital marketplace.
That’s up from a low of $1,903 in the spring of 2015, when bitcoin’s value was barely above $800.
On Friday, bitcoin surpassed the $2 billion mark for the first time in the world, marking a record for a currency, and raising the price to $2.8 trillion.
The spike comes after months of surging prices and investors have become more comfortable with the idea of using bitcoin to make transactions online.
The virtual currency has grown in popularity in part because of the way it operates.
The blockchain, the underlying technology, tracks and records every bitcoin transaction.
Bitcoins are digital files that cannot be counterfeited.
The blockchain, which holds the history of all bitcoin transactions, keeps a record of the bitcoin price and other attributes of every transaction.
It is a public ledger, so transactions are verifiable.
Bitcoin was created in 2009 by an anonymous programmer.
The digital currency was used to buy and sell items on the Web, and is the most popular digital asset.
Bitcoin is a new asset class with limited supply and volatility.
The price of a single bitcoin is controlled by the blockchain.
The value of each bitcoin fluctuates by a few percent.
The currency’s price is determined by the price of an open market of other cryptocurrencies.
Bitcoin has been a boon for many people, especially millennials, who are more willing to accept the currency.
But the value of bitcoin is also increasing rapidly, as investors have been attracted by its potential for remittance.
Bitcoin, with its volatility, can be a good store of value for those who have little or no money.
It has been compared to gold.
Investors who are willing to put money in bitcoin are willing and able to spend it quickly, as well.
The more people who use the currency, the greater the potential for bitcoin’s price to go up.
While bitcoin has gained in popularity, the value has been rising more slowly than the price.
Many investors are willing pay higher fees to use bitcoin, but they are hesitant to do so for fear of paying more in fees.
That uncertainty, along with concerns over the cryptocurrency’s ability to survive the current economic downturn, have led some people to turn away from bitcoin altogether.
Investors have begun to shift their focus to other currencies, including currencies created with the help of government support.
Bitcoin could continue to rise as people increasingly understand the value it provides.
It also could continue falling as new investors come along.
But for now, investors have the option of buying bitcoin at an attractive price and keeping it as a store of wealth.
That means bitcoin is expected to rise in value over time, even as the price declines.
It’s a long way from $2 trillion, which is what many investors had expected when they first began buying bitcoin in the summer of 2015.
But it’s also a long time from the $500 billion that was estimated to be the amount of money in the cryptocurrency by some analysts.