Bitcoin continues to show its colors by creating a record of sorts on Wednesday. It broke to a record high of above $12,000 despite questions about the cryptocurrency’s real value and worries about a dangerous bubble.
Bitcoin received a boost after Friday’s announcement by the main U.S. derivatives regulator that it would allow CME Group Inc and CBOE Global Markets to list bitcoin futures contracts.
The move opens the door to added regulation but also more mainstream adoption, as bitcoin futures and other derivatives would make it easier to trade the new asset class.
Bitcoin’s dramatic rise in evaluation to over 10-folds from below $1,000 at the start of the year to now – has raised eyebrows all around the world.
Some high profile individuals such as Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz have said it should be outlawed. “It took a long time to establish the methodology and the way bitcoin was traded. The original appeal came from the fact they were unregulated. However it’s clearly moved out of those shadows and into centre stage,” said Mick McCarthy, CMC Markets’ chief market strategist in Sydney.
“We are in the throes of a bubble market, and one of the characteristics of a bubble market is that there is no way to know when the bubble will burst.”
Bitcoin was last up 4.48 percent at $12,200.40 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange after surging to the record peak of $12,276.00.
“There is a lot of money flowing into bitcoin right now, mostly motivated by “fear of missing out” and greed,” said Leonhard Weese, president of the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong.