China is on a massive bitcoin buying spree, with the US and Brazil coming in a distant second and third. Fiatleak has a live map. Bitcoin is currently trading at $902. Last year at this time it was trading at $424.
Experts said the rise in value was linked to the long-term depreciation of the Chinese Yuan.
The Chinese currency has dropped about 7% in value during 2016, said Reuters. The majority of Bitcoin currency trading takes place in China as it allows people to skirt restrictive local laws that limit how much money Chinese people can swap.
A report from Bitwise -- an investment firm lobbying for FEC approval for a cryptocurrency based exchange-traded fund -- found that 95% of the trading volume in Bitcoin was fake, ginned up through techniques like "wash trading" where a person buys and sells an asset at the same time.
Facebook is said to be developing a ‘stablecoin,’ which is a kind of digital currency pegged to the U.S. dollar.
“After Gerry’s death, Quadriga’s inventory of cryptocurrency has become unavailable and some of it may be lost,” said his widow.
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