Bitcoin spikes above $5,000 for the first time

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Bitcoin has surpassed the $5,000 (£3,862) threshold for the first time.

The virtual currency reached a high of $5,103.91 in the early hours of Saturday, according to CoinDesk’s price index.

The record helped push the total value of the publicly traded crypto-currencies – including Ethereum and the Bitcoin-branch of Bitcoin Cash of $176bn.

However, there has not been a sell-off.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin was 12% off its peak, at $4,485.
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In the beginning of the year, one bitcoin traded for less than $1,000, and as recently as July, some market observers feared that the currency could crash decrease as a result of a debated “civil war” over its future.

However, since then, their value has increased, after most of its developers and miners – those who authorize the transactions, through the contribution of computing power – began to implement a compromise plan to allow technology to handle more transactions per minute.

In addition, August’s “fork” of the base of blockchain – the journal of the last Bitcoin transfers to create the new virtual currency Bitcoin into Cash without causing major disruption to the original asset.
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Both events attracted the attention of the media, which has been linked with Bitcoin later rise.

Despite the current reserve, one of the experts said they expected that Bitcoin will continue to grow in the medium term.

“We’ve seen drops like this happen before when a certain number of hit – often because people have orders to trade out of a currency when it reaches a certain value,” said Eitan Jankelewitz, a specialist in crypto-currencies in the London-based law firm Sheridans.

“And it’s human nature to choose a round number [like $5,000].

“But investors are starting to see to have crypto-currency as a small part of their diversified portfolios as an acceptable way to add risk.

“In addition, there are more and more companies are making it easy to purchase Bitcoin at scale without having to understand how the technology works or how to stay safe.”