US markets are celebrating as Bitcoin price soars above $2000 for the first time in history. Bitcoin’s price has surged more than 100% this year and nearly 125% since hitting an annual low of $891.51 in late March. Due to the price recently hitting new heights, the price appreciation will increase dramatically as well.
Growing trader interest
The advantage of such sharp price gains is the rising interest of traders as measured by trading volume at major exchanges. Both Kraken and Poloniex had reportedly announced that they were experiencing surging bitcoin transaction activity.
A number of factors have been driving the rally:
- Trading volumes of Japanese yen and Korean won have escalated and account for around 48.6 percent of trading, according to stats from website CryptoCompare. That’s thanks to a recently passed law that allowed retailers in Japan to begin accepting Bitcoin as a legal currency. Since then, Japan has been a big driver of bitcoin trade.
- Bitcoin has acted as a safe option, in the past, for investors that worry about political instability and the performance of other asset classes.
- A debate within the bitcoin community about the future of the technology behind Bitcoin known as the blockchain has been taking place. At the moment, Bitcoin transactions are taking an unusually long time to process and come with high transaction fees. There was fear at one point this could lead to the merging of two different cryptocurrencies but those doubts have largely subsided with an alternative, more acceptable option being put forward.
All these factors add up to the rise in Bitcoin’s value in the shortest of time. According to CoinDesk, several billion US dollars have flowed into bitcoin last week, bringing its market value to more than $37 billion. In the end, as Bitcoin grows to gain more popularity and accessibility around the globe, its price will continue to soar as high as it can go.