Investors ride crypto fever as the price of Bitcoin hits another record high

Bitcoin has seen year-to-date gains of nearly 80%

The cloud of skepticism among major investors when it comes to the validity and stability of cryptocurrencies appears to be dissipating as the price of Bitcoin hit another record high.

Bitcoin hit above $52,000 early on Wednesday, pushing its year-to-date gains up to around 80 per cent.

The rally comes a day after Bitcoin rose above $50,000US for the first time on Tuesday.

Bitcoin was at $10,000 just one year ago. It should also be noted that Bitcoin rallied back in 2017, but then lost 80% of its value in 2018.

The rapid rise of late could be because other so-called ‘significant’ investors are following Tesla’s lead and warming up to cryptocurrencies.

Earlier this month Tesla sent shockwaves through global markets when it bought-up $1.5 billion US in bitcoin. The company also announced it would soon be accepting bitcoin in exchange for electric vehicles.

The price of Bitcoin quadrupled in 2020 and is up 60 per cent this year
The price of Bitcoin quadrupled in 2020 and is up 60 per cent this year

Mastercard also recently announced it’s bringing cryptocurrencies onto its network. Raj Dhamodharan, Executive Vice President of digital asset products at Mastercard, says the company is preparing for what’s ahead.

“We are preparing right now for the future of crypto and payments, announcing that this year Mastercard will start supporting select cryptocurrencies directly on our network. This is a big change that will require a lot of work,” Dhamodharan wrote.

Skeptics are still cautioning that this could be the biggest bubble yet, saying that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have zero intrinsic value.

“The only thing I can expect for sure is volatility, from day one, this has been a risky investment for people,” David Yermack, a professor of finance at New York University Stern School of Business, told CNBC news.

Yermack calls bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies “purely speculative” assets.

In a recent speech, Deputy Governor at the Bank of Canada, Tim Lane called the cryptocurrency rush “speculative mania.”

“The recent spike in cryptocurrency prices looks less like a trend and more like a speculative mania, an atmosphere in which one high-profile tweet is enough to trigger a sudden jump in price,” Lane said in prepared remarks.