In recent years and, in particular, recent months, cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency funds have exploded in terms of discussion and popularity. On Tuesday 28 November 2017, the value of a bitcoin reached $10,000 for the first time, marking an 850% increase from the start of 2017. Since then, there have been considerable fluctuations in the value of bitcoin, and at the date of writing the value of a bitcoin is approximately $9,200. This article will look at the history of cryptocurrencies and identify the risks associated with cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency funds in light of recent events. We will focus primarily on bitcoin, which is the most widely known and popular form of cryptocurrency.
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