Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies

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.

How and where to buy bitcoin in the UK

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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.

Bitcoin is not a fraud – it’s dotcom 3.0

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Most investors don’t know what to make of bitcoin. But the best brains see the potential and are flocking to this new asset class, argues Charlie Morris.

Cryptocurrencies might be a bubble, but they’re here to stay

John Stepek looks at how the main asset price charts are faring ahead of the weekend, starting with bitcoin’s recent meteoric rise.

Initial coin offerings: a risky ride into the Wild West of finance

Companies can now raise funds by issuing their own digital currencies. Ben Judge explains how initial coin offerings work.

A bad week for gold – but a belter for bitcoin

There have been some interesting moves in our six “charts that matter” this week, says John Stepek.

Bitcoin’s bull market goes on and on – don’t miss it

Bitcoin has hit a record high against the dollar. And it’s not finished yet. Dominic Frisby explains its real potential, and why it’s got a lot further to go.

The battle for the future of bitcoin

There’s a civil war brewing over the future of bitcoin that could lead to a “fork” – two separate currencies running on separate versions of the underlying software, operating by different rules.

How blockchain will transform business

Bitcoin boosters promised that the digital currency would change the world. In a sense, it just might, as blockchain, the technology underlying it, goes mainstream. Ben Judge reports.

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