Bitcoin ‘can survive an apocalypse,’ says CoinDesk researcher

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Bauerle appeared on “Squawk Box” after bitcoin rocketed above $19,000 Thursday on the Coinbase exchange before plummeting. Pressure on prices continued Friday morning.

Besides holding a market value, bitcoin is also a digital currency that’s created by so-called miners with powerful computers online. The digital currency has no central authority, and the transactions are recorded in an anonymous public log called the blockchain.

Proponents argue bitcoin, which has risen more than 1,000 percent this year, is a good medium of exchange and a way to store value, much like gold. But critics, including JPMorgan Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, doubt the legitimacy of bitcoin as either. Dimon has repeatedly called bitcoin a “fraud.”

In addition to trading bitcoin in the unregulated cash market, CME Group and Cboe Global Markets are set to unveil bitcoin futures, which add a layer of federal government oversight on the contracts.

Cboe bitcoin futures are to begin trading on Sunday. The CME contracts are slated to launch on Dec. 18. Nasdaq, meanwhile, plans to launch its own bitcoin futures as early as the second quarter of 2018.

— Reuters contributed to this report.

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