Dec 22, 2017

Bitcoin's latest comedown

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Bitcoin had a wild day, dropping nearly $5,000 from its opening price before clawing back $3,500 of that decline by late afternoon.

Quick hits:

  • "[B]itcoin has lost about $110 billion of its total market value in less than a week, twice the market cap of Tesla Inc." [WSJ]
  • "Michael Novogratz, the former macro manager who's turned into one of the biggest champions of bitcoin, shelved plans to start a cryptocurrency hedge fund and predicted that the digital money may extend its plunge to $8,000." [Bloomberg]
  • Past bubbles: "In 2013, Bitcoin's price rose first to a high above $200 before crashing. Later that same year, an investing mania in China drove the price to another high above $1,200, followed by yet another plunge." [NYT]

The big picture: Bitcoin nearly hit $20,000 earlier this week. It was valued around $1,000 at the beginning of 2017.

Go deeper: People bought a lot of "coin" and "crypto" web domains in 2017

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America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.

Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and U.S. ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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