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    Bitcoin Surges to New Record High of $8200

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    The value of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency has rocketed by 37% in just eight days; on Monday it reached a record high of $8,241.

    Bitcoin reached a record high of $8,241 on Monday, according to data from industry website Coindesk.

    The cryptocurrency has risen in value by 2.6% since the open of trade on Monday, capping a remarkable eight days of growth. 

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    Since November 12, when Bitcoin was valued at $5,857, the volatile currency has increased in value by 37%.

    Bitcoin has enjoyed a meteoric albeit volatile rise this year: at the beginning of 2017, a unit of the cryptocurrency was valued at $998.

    Other cryptocurrencies have surged in value, too. According to industry website Coinmarketcap, the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies also hit an all-time high on Monday, of $242.9 billion.

    ​Some market observers have expressed concern that the meteoric rise in Bitcoin's value is a symptom of a bubble in the cryptocurrency market. Others are speculating on how far the cryptocurrency surge will go.

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