Bitcoin price surges, marking best week in months

Cryptocurrency is approaching momentous ‘halving’ event

Andrew Griffin
Friday 09 February 2024 16:46
<p>A visual representation of the cryptocurrency bitcoin is seen on 9 January, 2024 in London, England</p>

A visual representation of the cryptocurrency bitcoin is seen on 9 January, 2024 in London, England

Bitcoin’s price has surged upwards, making for its best week in months.

Since Wednesday, the price of the cryptocurrency has surged almost 11 per cent. It is up almost 5 per cent in the last day.

Bitcoin is still a long way from its heights during the pandemic: today, it is trading at around $47,000, having reached as high as $67,000 in early 2021.

It has however largely recovered from the crash and the “crypto winter” that followed that period of excitement. Bitcoin has now gained almost 110 per cent over the last year, with many of those gains coming since October.

Other cryptocurrencies also saw positive performance over the last week. Ethereum, the second largest digital currency, is up almost 8 per cent.

Interest in trading cryptocurrencies also seemed to have markedly increase. Around $72 billion of digital currencies has been traded over the last day – up more than 15 per cent, according to tracking site CoinMarketCap.

The gains for cryptocurrency come ahead of the momentous “halving” event, which is scheduled to happen in mid-April. That will see the rewards for bitcoin mining slashed in half for the first time in almost four years.

Cryptocurrency experts are split on whether that event is likely to lead to short-term price reductions – or whether it will increase interest in the technology, leading the price to go up.

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