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The boom in bitcoin and whether you need to care about cryptocurrencies

After a big rise in value several years ago, followed by a huge crash, bitcoin quadrupled in value since last fall. So are cryptocurrencies going mainstream? Or is this a bubble waiting to burst?
A visual representation of the digital cryptocurrency bitcoin is held at the "Bitcoin Change" shop in Tel Aviv back in January, 2018. The value of bitcoin has changed a lot in the years following. (Jack Guez/Getty Images)

Bitcoin is back. After a big rise in value several years ago, followed by a huge crash, the cryptocurrency has quadrupled in price since last fall.

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So are cryptocurrencies going mainstream? Or is this a bubble waiting to burst?

And either way, if you keep all your money in, well, actual money — do you actually need to think about this?

Paul Haavardsrud talks with players in the crypto and more traditional markets to find out.


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