Bitcoin 'halving' prompts initial fall against dollar

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Bitcoin underwent its third scheduled "halving" yesterday as the value of the rewards paid to the cryptocurrency's miners was reduced from 12.5 to 6.25. In afternoon trading in New York yesterday, Bitcoin was down 1.3% at $8,620.43 Halving is written into Bitcoin's code, and takes place roughly every four years, or with every 210,000 blocks underwritten on the encrypted blockchain ledger. In the absence of an equivalent of a central bank to regulate their supply, this system counters the risk of inflation and caps the maximum number of Bitcoins in existence at 21 million. So-called...

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Christopher Copper-Ind

Christopher Copper-Ind is editor-in-chief of International Investment. Before this, he was editorial director of The Business Year, from 2014 to 2017.