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These four charts suggest that Bitcoin will stabilize in the future

February 4, 2014 in Bitcoin, Investing, News, Virtual currency

By: Timothy Lee. February 3rd, 2014 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/)

In recent weeks, something interesting has happened to the price of bitcoins: It hasn’t changed very much. In December, Bitcoin prices gyrated wildly, but since the start of the year it’s gradually gotten less volatile.

Bitcoin’s declining volatility is part of a recurring cycle the Bitcoin economy has experienced repeatedly over the past three years. It starts when a wave of publicity attracts new Bitcoin speculators and pushes Bitcoin prices to unprecedented highs. That creates an unsustainable price bubble. The bubble pops, leading to plummeting prices and high volatility. But then the price gradually stabilizes, settling on a “new normal” price.

This pattern suggests that the extreme price volatility that has bedeviled Bitcoin since its inception is likely to prove a temporary phenomenon. Bitcoin prices become volatile when a wave of media attention attracts a swarm of new users. As the Bitcoin economy grows and matures, these growing pains will become less frequent and less severe.

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