It seems neither Russian President Vladimir Putin, the central bank of China or JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon are strong enough to keep Bitcoin down. The cryptocurrency has today broken thru the $5000 level and is now trading at a new all time record high of $5200.
To put this figure into perspective, just about a month ago the price hit a low of $2900. So if you were able to buy Bitcoin at that time you would have made a 80% return by now.
Iqbal V. Gandham, Managing Director at eToro UK, commented:
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“Recent criticism from industry and regulation crackdowns in China and Russia spooked markets in recent weeks and caused the Bitcoin price to plummet. So we expect some investors to be surprised by Bitcoin bouncing back to this record high so soon afterwards.
Yet Bitcoin was designed to operate outside of the influence of governments and central banks, and is doing exactly that. So to us, this bounce back in price is no surprise.
In reality, whilst we’re excited to see Bitcoin hit this record high, this is just the beginning for Bitcoin. Bitcoin has a lot further to go than this price point to become a real world currency, as it was designed to one day be. Most are unaware that in future people will not spend a single Bitcoin. Instead people would spend the underlying tokens, called Satoshis, in the same way we spend coins and not a bar of gold. A single Satoshi is only worth $0.00005 currently. Clearly, for this to gain spending power, the price of a Bitcoin will need to be significantly higher than $5,000.
“This price peak may boost more support for the bubble argument we’ve seen from investors in recent months. But we continue to argue these calls on bubble territory are coming far too early in the story for Bitcoin.
“This record is an exciting milestone and sign of market confidence in the outlook for Bitcoin and the underlying technology behind the cryptocurrency, Blockchain. But we expect many more milestones like this to come.”