Tyler Durden's pictureby Tyler Durden   Dec 7, 2017 5:13 AM

SOURCE http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-07/bitcoin-blasts-through-15000

In the last 36 hours, Bitcoin has blasted through $12,000, $13,000, $14,000, and now $15,000 levels in an unprecedented 28% surge…

For those keeping track, this is how long it has taken the cryptocurrency to cross the key psychological levels:

  • $0000 – $1000: 1789 days
  • $1000- $2000: 1271 days
  • $2000- $3000: 23 days
  • $3000- $4000: 62 days
  • $4000- $5000: 61 days
  • $5000- $6000: 8 days
  • $6000- $7000: 13 days
  • $7000- $8000: 14 days
  • $8000- $9000: 9 days
  • $9000-$10000: 2 days
  • $10000-$11000: 1 day
  • $11000-$12000: 6 days
  • $12,000-$13,000: 17 hours
  • $13,000-$14,000: 4 hours
  • $14,000-$15,000: 10 hours

With a market cap of around $250 billion, Bitcoin is bigger than Proctor & Gamble and approaching the size of Wal-Mart as the 12 biggest ‘company’ in the S&P 500.As CoinTelegraqph reports, the price is likely being driven by news of the imminent launch of Bitcoin futures trading. CBOE will be launching their futures market this coming Sunday, December 10, with CME Group following on December 18. Nasdaq plans to launch futures trading in the summer of 2018 and Japan’s Tokyo Financial Exchange is preparing to launch futures trading as well.Bloomberg has announced that brokerage firms TD Ameritrade and Ally Invest will be offering Bitcoin futures trades to their clients. Even J.P. Morgan Chase may follow suit, despite CEO Jamie Dimon’s infamous views on the digital currency.GDAX, Coinbase’s digital currency exchange, has been leading the rally all day. The price on GDAX is currently about $500 ahead of other Western Bitcoin exchanges. The likeliest – and most bullish – explanation is that Coinbase is the easiest way for new Bitcoin investors to get involved. Consequently, when GDAX leads the charge as it has today, it probably means new “retail” investors are fueling the rally.Meanwhile, as CoinDesk reports, Ron Paul wants to know: would you take $10,000 in bitcoin, cash or something else?The former U.S. Congressman from Texas is currently holding a poll on his official Twitter account that asks in which form they would take $10,000 from a “wealthy person”. The catch: you can’t get rid of it for 10 years.Paul – who earlier this year called for the U.S. government to “stay out” of bitcoin – put the question to his more than 650,000 followers, asking if they would take $10,000 in the form of bitcoin, dollars, gold or 10-year U.S. Treasury Bonds. The result thus far – one hour remains in the poll at press time – indicate that of the more than 70,000 responses, 54 percent expressed support for bitcoin.Gold took the second-highest amount with 36 percent, followed by a mere 8 percent for the 10-year bonds. Just 2 percent indicated that they would take the Federal Reserve Notes if offered.

A wealthy person wants to gift you $10,000. You get to choose in which form you’ll take the gift. But there’s a catch: You must keep the gift in the form that you choose, and you can’t touch it for 10 years.

In which form would you take the gift?

2%Federal Reserve Notes
36%Gold
54%Bitcoin
8%10 Year US Treasury Bond

Speaking with TheStreet in October, Paul conceded that he’s no expert on cryptocurrencies (back in 2014, he argued that bitcoin wasn’t “true money”). That said, he voiced his support for cryptocurrency in the most recent interview, arguing that it lends credence to the emergence of alternative currencies against the U.S. dollar.And while Bitcoin’s eye-popping price movements have some observers saying the market is in bubble territory, Naval Ravikant, the co-founder of AngelList, while he’s not ruling it out entirely, holds a less alarmist view.

“Money is a bubble that never pops,” he said at yesterday’s Token Summit II in San Francisco.

He told attendees:

“It’s a consensus hallucination.”

And speaking to the newfound attention to bitcoin, Ravikant said people are interested in growing the wealth that they have. With most savings accounts returning zero these days – as central banks conduct what Ravikant called their “grand money printing experiment” – the general public is looking for alternative places to store their money and watch it grow.Bitcoin and other protocols seem to offer that, as even the less-developed cryptocurrencies are showing substantial returns.

“I think people are looking to solve their money problems,” he said.

Additionally, Coindesk notes that the former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, has joined the many financial luminaries to recently criticize bitcoin’s value.Speaking to CNBCGreenspan compared bitcoin to that of an early American form of money called “Continental currency” that came into use in 1775 and had become worthless by 1782. The paper-based legal tender was used at the time of the American Revolution and was not backed by a commodity such as gold.Noting that bitcoin will likely suffer similar fate, Greenspan said that a “significant share” of  Continental currency was still used to create “real goods and services,” even though it had no ultimate worth.He continued:

“Bitcoin is really a fascinating example of how human beings create value, and is not always rational … It is not a rational currency in that case.”

Greenspan’s comments come as the value of a bitcoin is soaring beyond most expectations, having gained thousands of dollars in value in the last two days.And finally, for those calling this a “bubble” – we would humbly suggest you ain’t seen nothing yet…


Bitcoin pops above $15,000 for the first time

SOURCE http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/06/investing/bitcoin-rally-hits-14000/index.html

  @CNNMoneyInvestDecember 7, 2017: 7:20 AM ET

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Another day, another bitcoin record.

The digital currency has shot above the $15,000 mark for the first time — the fourth big barrier it’s broken in less than two days.

Bitcoin has enjoyed a stunning rise this year, drawing increasing attention from mainstream investors.

Related: What the heck is going on with bitcoin?

After starting the year below $1,000, it hit the major milestone of $10,000 just last week. Despite a flurry of warnings from top economists and business leaders, its upward trajectory has continued — albeit with a few sharp dips along the way.

It zipped past $12,000, $13,000 and $14,000 within the past 48 hours before popping above $15,000 on Thursday morning in New York, according to the tracking site CoinDesk.

Related: Millions of dollars may have been stolen in bitcoin hack

“Bitcoin now seems like a charging train with no brakes, said Shane Chanel, an adviser at investment services firm ASR Wealth Advisers. “There is an unfathomable amount of new participants piling into the cryptocurrency market.”

Bitcoin has suffered a series of steep drops during its epic rally this year, giving investors jarring reminders of its extreme volatility. After breaking above $11,000 last week, it abruptly plunged by more than $2,000 before resuming its climb.

Related: Nobel winner says bitcoin ‘ought to be outlawed’

Top economists and business leaders have dismissed it as a bubble: Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz said last week that bitcoin “ought to be outlawed.” But experts inside the industry predict its rally has a lot farther to run.

Bitcoin’s rapid rise this year has been powered in part by expectations that established fund managers are set to start pouring money into the virtual currency as it gains legitimacy.

What's the future of virtual currency?
What’s the future of virtual currency?

But a study published this week by Natixis Investment Managers, a major French asset management firm, found that 64% of institutional investors think bitcoin is a bubble.

The digital currency has also gotten a big lift this year from mom-and-pop investors in countries like South Korea and Japan who don’t want to miss out on the prospect of further big gains.

Bitcoin is one of many cryptocurrencies, virtual “coins” that are “mined” by computers using complex algorithms.