2013 was quite possibly the year of bitcoin; it was the year in which its price skyrocketed above $1,000 as it simultaneously moved from the dark corners of the Internet to dinner-table discussions. Bitcoin is open-source software that has been trumpeted as both a virtual currency and a payment system that could revolutionize the way money is sent around the world. In its early years — think 2009 — bitcoin was known among people on cryptography mailing lists and perhaps those who bought drugs over the Internet. Now, bitcoin-related companies are attracting investments from venture capital firms like Andreessen Horowitz and accredited investors can purchase shares in a bitcoin trust . One bitcoin recently traded at $731.00 on Bitstamp, a bitcoin exchange. Here’s a chart of bitcoin’s surge this year from CoinDesk’s bitcoin price index: Unlike the U.S. dollar and other government-backed currencies, bitcoin has no central bank; it is created through a process called mining in which aThe CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index provides the latest and most accurate bitcoin price using an average from the world s leading exchanges. moneymorning.com/tag/bitcoin-prices July 15, 2015 - Bitcoin prices have been highly volatile, but what lies ahead for the groundbreaking digital currency? Get the latest Bitcoin price news here. moneymorning.com/2015/02/03/this-bitcoin-price-chart-shows-whats. The January Bitcoin price chart shows the volatility holding Bitcoin back is as bad as ever. But here s why Bitcoin price volatility will soon begin toIt’s big! It’s skyrocketing! It’s something that many people are talking about but few understand! It did this : And then it did this : And now its price is : Update: We have a rebound, folks: Personally I blame @SteveStreza . In all seriousness, what is going on? An apparent DDoS attack on two key markets for Bitcoin has taken down trading speed to a crawl. When things get tight in that way, the price falls. Bitcoin may recover once the assault has passed, but that it can be so easily harmed isn’t likely to inspire new confidence in the currency. That said, Bitcoin remains a relative unknown. To make too bold a pronouncement either way in terms of its long term viability is premature. 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This is no surprise considering the fact that the virtual currency sextupled in the past two months alone, while rising ninety-fold in the last year – at least until its recent plunge that caused prices to fall by nearly half. Many people have been debating whether Bitcoin was experiencing a speculative bubble or not, including myself. Though I am a fan of virtual currencies in the longer-run as a means of hedging against incessant debasement of fiat or “paper” currencies, I’ve been saying that their parabolic surge reminded me too much of silver’s bubble in late-2010 and early-2011. In both cases, the initial surges were driven by well-meaning amateur economists and investors who were too fearful of an imminent currency crisis or currency regime change, and were therefore tooBitcoin are produced through a process called mining . There is an upper limit of 21 million bitcoin that will ever be mined. The number of coins that are mined in each block is called the reward . This reward decreases as time passes. The last 7% of bitcoin will be mined over a timespan of 100 years. Those years are not included in this chart. The price before July 2010 is unknown because there were noIn recent weeks, something interesting has happened to the price of bitcoins: It hasn t changed very much. In December, Bitcoin prices gyrated wildly, but since the start of the year it s gradually gotten less volatile. Bitcoin s declining volatility is part of a recurring cycle the Bitcoin economy has experienced repeatedly over the past three years. It starts when a wave of publicity attracts new Bitcoin speculators and pushes Bitcoin prices to unprecedented highs. That creates an unsustainable price bubble. The bubble pops, leading to plummeting prices and high volatility. But then the price gradually stabilizes, settling on a new normal price. This pattern suggests that the extreme price volatility that has bedeviled Bitcoin since its inception is likely to prove a temporary phenomenon. Bitcoin prices become volatile when a wave of media attention attracts a swarm of new users.
As the Bitcoin economy grows and matures, these growing pains will become less frequent and less severe..