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What Is Cryptocurrency ? A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that is secured by cryptography, which makes it nearly impossible to counterfeit or double-spend. Many cryptocurrencies are decentralized networks based on blockchain technologyβ€”a distributed ledger enforced by a disparate network of computers. A defining feature of cryptocurrencies is that they are generally not issued by any central authority, rendering them theoretically immune to government interference or manipulation.

What is a Bitcoin ? Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency. There are no physical bitcoins, only balances kept on a public ledger that everyone has transparent access to. All bitcoin transactions are verified by a massive amount of computing power. Bitcoin is the most popular cryptocurrency to date and has triggered the launch of hundreds of other cryptocurrencies, collectively referred to as altcoins. Bitcoin is commonly abbreviated as "BTC".

Why is there a surge in Bitcoin investments? (1) Bitcoin is seen as an avenue for stored value, like gold but without the hassle of physically holding the asset (2) Growing adoption of institutions in accepting Bitcoin as a payment method and alternative investment asset-class. (3) It is also sometimes viewed as an inflation-hedge.

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