Currencies

Chart of the week: Bitcoin bubble hisses yet more air

Just 11 months ago, bitcoin reached a record price of nearly $20,000. Now it’s worth $4,300, its lowest level for more than a year.

Bitcoin will survive – but it could easily fall to $3,000

Bitcoin’s spectacular slide is no surprise, given the speculative excess that surrounded its earlier rise. It’s not done falling yet, says Dominic Frisby. But its day will come again.

How bitcoin and blockchain could solve our crisis of trust

Dominic Frisby discusses how trust in the world’s financial institutions has collapsed, and asks if blockchain and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin can help restore it.

Markets like gridlock – but they shouldn’t take it for granted

The markets got what they expected out of the US elections: political gridlock, which means no meddling by politicians. But it’s only a temporary reprieve, says John Stepek. Here’s why.

The pound is very, very cheap – but it’ll stay that way until Brexit is sorted

The pound could rocket once we have a satisfactory resolution to Brexit, says Dominic Frisby. But we have to clear that hurdle first.

The charts that matter: the market is on the turn

The volatility in global markets has continued this week. John Stepek looks to the charts that matter to get an idea of just what’s going on.

Why it’s worth holding a bit of gold in your portfolio

Global equities are almost in bear market territory. We don’t know what will happen next. But that’s exactly why you should have some gold, says John Stepek.

How Brexit will hit sterling

Matthew Partridge talks to currency expert Jeremy Thomson-Cook about how Britain leaving the EU could affect sterling and other currencies.

Ray Dalio: beware a dollar slump

Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s biggest hedge fund, has warned the dollar could lose almost a third of its value.

Can altcoins survive $650bn of losses?

Of course they can. It’ll be a wild ride, but cryptocurrencies are here to stay, says Matthew Lynn.

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