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Bitcoin Prices Surge Past $5,000 Three Weeks After Passing $4,000

Less than three weeks after surging past $4,000, Bitcoin reached $5,000 on Asian exchanges Friday. An anonymous reader quotes Fortune: The idea of Bitcoin breaking the symbolic milestone of $5,000 would have been unthinkable to most people at the start 2017, when the price topped $1,000 for the first time. If you’re keeping track, the digital currency is up 500% this year, and nearly 2200% since mid-2015, when it was in the doldrums at around $220. There appears to be no single reason for the recent run-up. Instead, it can likely be explained by the same factors driving this year’s cryptocurrency bull run: Publicity-driven speculation; New financial products creating unprecedented liquidity; Trading surges in Asian markets; Institutional investors treating digital currency as a permanent new asset class.

“Magical Internet Money Hits $5k” writes Bitcoin News, adding “so far in 2017 bitcoin has outperformed all government issued tender and a vast majority of stocks and commodities.”

While the head of the Bitcoin Foundation has urged people to invest “no more than they can afford,” Bitcoin now has a market capitalization of $82.6 billion.

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