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If I had a dollar for every mention of bitcoin nowadays, I'd have enough, well, to buy a good bit of bitcoin.
In keeping with this season of speculation, this week's report looks at a new market for bitcoin that could potentially tame the "Wild West" trading that has sent this crypto-asset soaring. Then, read why gold is unlikely to follow in bitcoin's footsteps, and what's in store for folks who are eager to mine this "millennial gold." Then take a break from bitcoin to read how index funds have drifted from indexing's original purpose, and watch a video about -- what else -- bitcoin's place in a long history of investing manias.
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This new way to trade bitcoin could kill its rally
Futures trading will expand bitcoin market beyond true believersThis new way to trade bitcoin could kill its rally (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-new-way-to-trade-bitcoin-could-be-what-kills-its-rally-2017-12-06)
Gold bugs hope to tap bitcoin's mother lode of profits
Prospects that bullion sees a 'bitcoin bump' are dim, writes Mark Hulbert.Gold bugs hope to tap bitcoin's mother lode of profits (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gold-bugs-hope-to-tap-bitcoins-mother-lode-of-profits-2017-12-05)
Here's what's driving bitcoin buyers' rush to 'millennial gold'
This cryptocurrency gold rush will likely end badly, writes Vitaliy Katsenelson.Here's what's driving bitcoin buyers' rush to 'millennial gold' (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-is-your-brain-on-bitcoin-2017-12-04)
A tale of two bubbles -- dot-coms and bitcoin
The internet paid off in the end because it solved a real problem; bitcoin doesn'tA tale of two bubbles -- dot-coms and bitcoin (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-tale-of-two-bubbles-the-dot-coms-and-bitcoin-2017-12-07)
This new stock-market sector will impact billions of dollars of ETF assets
There's a fundamental change coming to the way Wall Street classifies companies, and the result of it could be major for a group of exchange-traded funds that together hold tens of billions of dollars in assets.This new stock-market sector will impact billions of dollars of ETF assets (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-new-stock-market-sector-will-impact-billions-of-dollars-of-etf-assets-2017-12-06)
Index funds now are part of an investor's biggest problem
New ETFs and other products encourage stock picking and market timing, writes Mark Hulbert.Index funds now are part of an investor's biggest problem (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/index-funds-now-are-part-of-an-investors-biggest-problem-2017-12-06)
The artificial intelligence ETF is one of the most popular fund launches of 2017
One of the most notable success stories on Wall Street in 2017 isn't exactly a human-interest story.The artificial intelligence ETF is one of the most popular fund launches of 2017 (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-artificial-intelligence-etf-is-one-of-the-most-popular-fund-launches-of-2017-2017-12-05)
Bitcoin: If it's a bubble, when will it burst?
Investment manias throughout the centuries have ranged from tulips to tech stocks to housing; is bitcoin different?Bitcoin: If it's a bubble, when will it burst?
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