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Bitcoin’s recent price rise has given a big boost to other cryptocurrencies, with some experiencing gains of more than 20 per cent over the last 24 hours The price of bitcoin has returned above $9,000 for the first time since March, having risen by more than a third in value over the last two weeks. The world’s most valuable cryptocurrency now has a market cap of more than $150 billion, though this is still down considerably from its peak valuation of around $320 billion in late 2017.

Other major cryptocurrencies have been boosted by bitcoin’s recent resurgence, including ethereum, ripple and litecoin. The most significant gains were experienced by the bitcoin spin-off bitcoin cash, which has almost doubled in value in the last week from $750 to $1,500.

Bitcoin exists without a central bank able to manipulate its value Bitcoin’s technical lead Gavin Andresen The market-wide gains follow several months of steadily decreasing prices, which some analysts believe represent the bitcoin bubble “bursting.” Bitcoin experienced the worst ever start to a year in 2018, falling in price by more than $10,000 between January and April. The crash was attributed to a number of factors, including the tightening of cryptocurrecny regulations in markets like South Korea, and a cooling of interest from investors.

Positive news in the cryptocurrency space in recent weeks led to optimism among some analysts, who predicted the latest price bump. At the beginning of April, when bitcoin’s price was hovering around $6,500, bitcoin expert Michael Jackson told The Independent that bitcoin’s fortunes were set for a reversal. Read more from…

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