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Considering Shorting Bitcoin? Black Swan Author Advises Not To

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The outlandish rocketing of Bitcoin’s price over 2017, and particularly since November, has led to many scions of the financial markets to call the rise of the original cryptocurrency a bubble on a scale never seen before. Even back in September, when Bitcoin’s exchange value was in the $3000 and $4000s, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon said that he believed the phenomenon had surpassed the extent of the legendary ‘tulips bubble’ of the 17th century. That comparison was echoed in early November by UBS when the Chicago Mercantile Exchange first announced that it planned to start offering traders Bitcoin futures.

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Bitcoin Surges Again on Start of Futures Trading as $100,000 Predicted For 2018

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Bitcoin’s price has taken off again over the past 24 hours as trading of futures on the cryptocurrency’s price kicked off yesterday on Chicago’s Cboe exchange. Yesterday’s launch marks the entry of Bitcoin, and cryptocurrencies as an asset class, into the financial markets mainstream. A second exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, will start offering Bitcoin futures next Monday, December 18th.

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Will the Stock Market Bubble Finally Burst in 2018? Arguments for and Against

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Almost the entirety of 2017 to date, and we only have a few weeks left, has been a positive story for equities markets. And 2016 was even better. In the UK, the FTSE 100 finished the first week of January 2016 at 5912.44 and the first week of December at 7300.49. That’s a 20% gain in less than two years. Admittedly, the vast majority of that was added in 2016, with 2017 so far a little over 2 percent up on the end of last year. Nonetheless, even holding on to those gains in the face of Brexit headwinds can be considered a very positive trend.

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Online Stock Brokers Cash in On Boom 2017 as IG Reports 9% Rise in H1 Revenue

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The booming equities markets over the past couple of years have proven to be a significant boost for online stock brokers and derivatives brokers. The UK’s big players have been posting impressive figures. Hargreaves Lansdown, the UK’s biggest online stock broker and investment platform reported record net capital inflows this year and recently added their 1 millionth account holder.

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Bitcoin Smashed $15,000 Level. $20,000 Possible by the End of the Year?

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Every other day Bitcoin seems to be smashing through price levels. Articles, including here, are being churned out that almost amount to simply changing $8000 for $9000, $10,000, $12,000 and so on. They all start with the same excited disbelief the new price level has been passed and all mention the cries of ‘tulips’ and ‘bubbles’ that warn a crash is imminent. They also all mention the impending launch of Bitcoin futures trading on major, respected and mainstream exchanges in the U.S. later this month acting as the catalyst.

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Bitcoin Breaks Above $12,000 For New Record High

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Fears last week that Bitcoin passing the $10,000 and $11,000 price levels would result in a significant correction have turned out to be unfounded. While Bitcoin did briefly drop back to below $10,000 after passing $11,000, the upwards momentum quickly resumed. Over the weekend Bitcoin comfortably held in the high $10,000s and was on a strong upwards march on Monday and Tuesday. This morning a new burst of pace reminiscent of that which took Bitcoin past $10,000 in late November took hold during the Asian session. That momentum has held until now and Bitcoin has passed $12,500 and is heading in the direction of $13,000.

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‘Rockstar’ Fund Manager Neil Woodford Says “Investors Have Forgotten About Risk”

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Online stock trading has been an extremely profitable venture for most DIY investors over the past few years. While newspaper and specialist periodical inches have still been filled with stock market pick tips, the fact is it has been almost impossible to go wrong. Achieving anything other than strong returns when investing online since early 2016 would have to count as quite an achievement with the FTSE 100 up over 25% over the past 21 months and the FTSE 250 and All-Share indices having seen similarly powerful bull runs. Putting money into U.S. markets would have proven even more profitable, with the S&P 500 up around 60% over the past 5 years.

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Is Bitcoin a Bubble? The Arguments for and Against

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With Bitcoin having now broken through the $10,000 mark, and getting close to $11,000 on the same day, the crescendo of ‘bubble’ cries is rising almost as quickly as the cryptocurrency’s price. Having started 2017 changing hands at around $1000 per Bitcoin, what has been an immensely powerful bull run to $8000 a little over a week ago. However, the path hasn’t been entirely smooth. Volatility has still remained high throughout and touching the round-number milestones of $2500 and $5000 were both followed by severe, if short-lived, corrections of 20% and 30% respectively.

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Professional Stock Market Investors Buying Back In to Market

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Over the past few months the dominant trend has been professional stock market participants commenting that the risk level for a correction in equities markets has risen significantly. Portfolios were being repositioned defensively to hedge against a downturn and significant allocations back into cash made. However, it now appears that pessimists have been coaxed back into markets which are still booming, afraid of missing out on returns.

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