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Ints Kalnins Reuters

You get incredible highs and dizzying lows.

Bitcoin prices have increased significantly from their recent lows of around $7,000 to over $11,000 now.

Cryptocurrency prices declined at the start of 2018, which according to analysts was due to bans on virtual currencies imposed by different countries.

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Co-author Dr. Larisa Yarovaya, Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Anglia Ruskin University, said: "We identified that cryptocurrencies are relatively isolated from other financial assets, but are interlinked with each other".

According to CoinMarketCap data, all of the top 100 cryptocurrencies by market capitalisation - bar nano, dentacoin and tether - are in the red today.

A better deal for South Korea's cryptocurrency industry might be in the offing as the market regulator changes tack from its tough stance on the virtual coin trade, promising instead to help promote blockchain technology.

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After analyzing data from previous corrections, Fundstrat Global Advisors co-founder Tom Lee predicted last week that Bitcoin could peak again in July this year.

Belfort doesn't see Bitcoin itself as a total scam, but he believes that it will never go mainstream either. "If you're trying to figure out where to store your life savings, traditional assets are still your safest bet". It is actively working with the central banks of various countries, so there is an element of trust and transparency in the transactions. In early February, major banks like Bank of America, JPMorgan, Citigroup and UK's Lloyds stopped allowing credit card purchases of cryptocurrencies. Other stocks aren't generally so impacted by that. For instance, if you want to purchase goods through bitcoin, then how would you settle the price for those goods given the significant bitcoin price swings? The recovery of Bitcoin is following the "V-shaped" pattern of ups and down, he said. Bitcoin rose 3.8 per cent to US$11,502 (RM44,823) at 7:15am in NY, heading for a one-month high, according to prices compiled by Bloomberg.

Where cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are concerned though, many feel that trading is closer to gambling than it is to investment. From the inception, about 16.5 million Bitcoins have been produced. There are only 21 million bitcoins, and more can not be produced.

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Speculating on whether a cryptocurrency's price will go up is one attraction for the buyers. A lot see investing as more of a thought driven process, where investors are putting their money into something that they have thoroughly researched and are likely to see growth.

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