Bitcoin surges past $60,000 for first time
Cryptocurrency Bitcoin has risen for the first time above US$60,000 (£43,100 / A$77,000 / €50,000), continuing its record-breaking run.
Bitcoin – which has more than tripled in value since the end of last year – has been powered on by well-known companies adopting it as a method of payment.
But some analysts said this latest surge came in part due to the huge US stimulus package approved this week.Bitcoin’s total market value last month exceeded $1tn.
However, Bitcoin has a track record of wild price swings and has fallen sharply a number of times since it was created in 2009. The recent spikes have been fuelled by big companies.
In February, Elon Musk revealed that his electric carmaker Tesla had bought $1.5bn worth of Bitcoin and would be accepting it as payment for its cars in future.
Mastercard also plans to accept certain cryptocurrencies as a form of payment while BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, is exploring ways it can use the digital currency.
The Covid-19 pandemic has also played its part in Bitcoin’s price rise, as more people go online for shopping, moving further away from physical coins and notes.
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