Stablecoins aim to counteract cryptocurrencies’ volatility. But if central banks get in on the act, they could finish off cryptocurrencies altogether.
Bitcoin is the 21st century global online peer-to-peer currency. One of many so-called "cryptocurrencies", it is free from the interference of regulators and nation states, it has seen its value soar against traditional paper currencies.
There are many ways of buying in to the bitcoin boom. Dominic Frisby looks at the most common, and explains exactly how to buy bitcoins in the UK.
Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and ex-CEO of hedge-fund group Clarium Capital, is generally sceptical of cryptocurrencies. But not bitcoin.
The near-vertical price rise of bitcoin, the digital currency, has been likened to the Nasdaq bubble. But there’s really no comparison.
Bitcoin is a bubble. It’s gone bananas. But it could go a lot higher yet. So what do you do? Dominic Frisby explains.
The success of cryptocurrency bitcoin is a direct result of the financial crisis and central banks’ reaction to it, says John Stepek. It’s what happens when you can’t trust money.
Tezos received plenty of hype ahead of its initial coin offering during the summer, says Ben Judge. But for those who bought in, the cryptocurrency has yet to materialise.
Buying bitcoin is just a form of gambling, says Francisco García Paramés, Spain’s best-known fund manager – and he doesn’t see the appeal.