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Four factors driving the price of Bitcoin

The price of Bitcoin has dropped to around A$8,000 in the last few days, after almost hitting A$10,000 in the past month, and rising over 1,850% since 2015 . All of this shows how volatile the currency is, prompting the question, what leads to such huge movements?

Our ongoing research reveals four factors that affect the price of Bitcoin. These include media hype and uptake by peers, political...

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A bubble? We don't even know how to value Bitcoin


Bitcoin is a " speculative mania " according to the governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. But it's not so easy to say that Bitcoin is a bubble - we don't know how to value it.

Recent price rises ( close to A$18,000 in the past three months) may be too great and can't continue. But the Bitcoin market is only just maturing as an investment and as a currency, and so it may still have...

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The bitcoin and blockchain: energy hogs


The digital world still lives under the illusion that it is intangible. As governments gathered in Paris at COP21 in 2015, pledging to reduce their carbon emissions to keep global warming below 2°C, the spread of digital technology continued to take place without the slightest concern for the environment. The current popularity of the bitcoin and blockchain provide the perfect...

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Blockchain is useful for a lot more than just Bitcoin


Blockchain technology is not just useful for creating digital currencies such as Bitcoin or developing new financial technologies .

Blockchains can be used for a wide variety of applications, such as tracking ownership or the provenance of documents, digital assets, physical assets or voting rights.

Blockchain technology was popularised by the Bitcoin digital currency system. But,...

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What happened to the price of Bitcoin? The truth behind ...


When Katherine Hunt's dad asked her whether or not he should invest in Bitcoin, alarm bells rang, first she thought "he's a musician".

Hunt is a lecturer in accounting at the Griffith Business School, and as someone who knows the five stages of a bubble and crash, she was worried when it seemed everyone was thinking they needed to "get in on" Bitcoin.

"The stock market is a...

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