Bitcoin is getting in on the shopping surge of Thanksgiving weekend.
Alistair Milne, co-founder and chief investment officer of Altana Digital Currency Fund. Coinbase had about 4.9 million users last November, Milne’s data showed.
Source: Alistair Milne, CNBC analysis of Coinbase data
“Anecdotally, everyone I have talked to in the cryptocurrency community has said that Thanksgiving table discussion was all about bitcoin, and that inspired many family members to buy bitcoin,” Kelly said. “I suspect that pattern was repeated across tables everywhere.”
Bitcoin has multiplied more than nine times in value this year, amid increased interest from institutional investors.
The world’s largest futures exchange, CME, is planning to list bitcoin futures in the second week of December. The launch of a derivatives product for the digital currency will mark another step in establishing bitcoin as a legitimate asset class.
Bitcoin one-week performance
U.S. dollar-bitcoin trading volume accounts for 24 percent of total trading in the cryptocurrency, according to CryptoCompare. The Japanese yen has the largest share at 59 percent, while the South Korean won comes third at 10 percent, according to the website.
The bitcoin offshoot, bitcoin cash, traded slightly lower around $ 1,592, according to CoinMarketCap.