Bitcoin surges above $15000 to new high

Stephen Roach

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Bitcoin was trading at United States dollars 12,269 at 8:12 AM, according to industry site CoinDesk.

The rush to buy bitcoin has defied warnings from some analysts about it potentially being a bubble that's ready to pop. Governments across the world still remain skeptical about investing in digital currencies. At the beginning of 2017, bitcoin was at $1,000. While much of the news surrounding bitcoin in the past year has been about the tremendous gains, there has been less discussion about the calculation of the value itself, and particularly about how Google (or any other source, for that matter) has determined the value of a bitcoin.

Many investors admit to not understanding the technicalities of the instrument or the blockchain technology that underpins its existence, hoping instead to profit on the expectation that bitcoin as an investment will simply continue to rise.

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Britain and other European Union governments have announced plans to control cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, due to concerns over their potential use for money laundering and financing terrorism.

"This is a unsafe speculative bubble by any shadow or stretch of the imagination", he told CNBC's "The Rundown".

However, many financial experts and exchanges have adopted the cryptocurrency.

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"This is a toxic concept for investors", Roach told CNBC. Michael Novogratz, Former Fortress Hedge Fund Manager, estimated that that bitcoin's price would rise at least four time in the coming 13 months.

According to Coinbase, the one-year change in bitcoin's value is +1421.64%, which means that the currency was worth around $800 last year.

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