To start with it went through $US20,000. Then ten days later, it broke through $US25,000, and then, with hardly taking a breath, it crossed $US30,000. Now merely a couple of days into 2021, the selling price of bitcoin has crossed $US40,000.

Nothing’s brand new with the digital currency in the month since it crossed $US20,000 – there is been no significant change in what it tends to be used. Even though some investors are now making use of the notoriously volatile currency as a “store of value,” that is traditionally a title kept for safe haven investments as gold and other precious metals.

“Will you be in a position to purchase a cup of coffee with bitcoin? Most likely not with the present version of Bitcoin. It is largely turn into a store of value,” said Mike Venuto, a co-portfolio supervisor of the Amplify Transformational Data Sharing ETF, a $US391 million ($503 million) exchanged-traded fund that focuses on blockchain technologies as well as companies that deal with cryptocurrencies.

Media attention to its rise has only extra fuel to the rally. But investors in digital currencies as well as businesses that trade or perhaps “mine” them are actually warning people to be sceptical of Bitcoin’s recent rise as well as to be braced for a great deal of volatility.

It’s been a crazy ride for bitcoin the previous 3 years. The digital currency made its big Wall Street debut in December 2017, when the major futures exchanges rolled out bitcoin futures. The focus drove Bitcoin to about $US19,300, a then unheard of price for the currency.

Well then it all evaporated. The currency’s value plunged sharply in 2018, and by December of that season Bitcoin was really worth lower than $US4,000 a coin. Up until this most recent rally which started in October, Bitcoin typically floated between $US5,000 as well as $US10,000.

While during the last 2 years businesses have embraced the technology that underlies digital currencies like Bitcoin, a principle known as the blockchain, the actual uses for Bitcoin have not really changed after its rally 3 years ago. It’s still mostly used by those distrustful of the banking system, criminals seeking to launder cash, and also for the majority of part, as a department store of value.

In fact, other investments typically used as safe havens throughout uncertain times – important valuable metals – have been trading at near record highs also.