Bitcoin pops above $15,000 for the first time

The digital currency has shot above the $15,000 mark for the first time — the fourth big barrier it’s broken in less than two days.

Bitcoin has enjoyed a stunning rise this year, drawing increasing attention from mainstream investors.

After starting the year below $1,000, it hit the major milestone of $10,000 just last week. Despite a flurry of warnings from top economists and business leaders, its upward trajectory has continued — albeit with a few sharp dips along the way.

It zipped past $12,000, $13,000 and $14,000 within the past 48 hours before popping above $15,000 on Thursday morning in New York, according to the tracking site CoinDesk.

The digital currency has suffered a series of steep drops during its epic rally this year, giving investors jarring reminders of its extreme volatility. After breaking above $11,000 last week, it abruptly plunged by more than $2,000 before resuming its climb…

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