'Speculation' refers to transactions such as buying or selling crypto-currencies, or their derivatives, in the hope that future changes in market conditions will net the speculator a profit.

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Is someone trying to kill bitcoin?

I've been observing the huge increase in the price of Bitcoin over the last month (November 2013) and I can't help but think, is someone with an ulterior motive pulling the strings here? It seems to ...
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How does the percentage of Bitcoins that trade regularly compare to other more stable currencies (such as USD)?

Does the percentage of all Bitcoins currently in circulation that exchange hands daily, weekly, or monthly indicate the amount of speculation versus actual commerce that's conducted? News reports ...
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Speculation on rate differences between different exchanges [duplicate]

Lately there have been quite a bit selling/buying rate differences between different BTC exchanges. Now some of this can be explained by the fact that different exchanges operate based on different ...
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Buying on one exchange then selling on the other

I'm curious as to what is keeping the majority of the people from buying on one exchange, where the going USD/BTC rare is cheaper, and selling it on another, where the rate can be USD$50 to USD$100 ...
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How would i use a quantitative data site like coinmarketcap.com? [closed]

I understand that I could calculate my hashrate and thus expected profitability per hardware speed, but I don't understand how to valuate what market price 'should' be and how to actually valuate an ...
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Why is Litecoin hyped so much when it doesn't add any value over Bitcoin?

Litecoin is different from Bitcoin in the following ways, however none of them is particularly useful and on the contrary are only less worthy. 84 million vs 21 millions: since Bitcoin is divisible ...
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Does it make sense to hoard on ripples like bitcoins? [closed]

Total number of bitcoins that will ever exist are 21 million and are deflated. Ripples are pre-mined 100 billion. Would hoarding 30000 XRP now will get me a profit in the future from a speculation ...
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Benefits of bitcoin as national currency? [closed]

As Bitcoin is crossing total M1 money of few countries, how could a country by adopting Bitcoin as national currency, mutually benefit Bitcoin and the country itself? ...
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bitcoin price speculation resources

where could I discuss bitcoin price speculation, and calculating fair spot and future price. In general for stackexchange sites, the factors for here and now would be "too localized" I think. So I ...
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Should the current value of 1 BTC really be $2.50 USD? [closed]

The real value of a currency depends on the value of the goods that can be purchased with it. If we assume the majority of bitcoin transactions for 'real' goods (not currency speculation) are on silk ...
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How will the Bitcoin network look after BFL ASIC hardware shipments?

There have been over 7000 pre-orders of BFL SC series mining machines, with the cheapest one supposedly running at 3.5 GH/s and the most expensive being 1000GH/s thats a lot of hashes about to be ...
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What is going to happen when it is totally infeasible to download the entire bitcoin transaction history?

As far as I know, the bitcoin system currently relies on the principle that all transactions are made by someone with access to the entire history of previous transactions. Since bitcoin's public ...
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Can bitcoins be split up into greater than a billion parts?

I understand that, at time of writing, splitting a bitcoin into more than 10⁸ parts is not useful. However, say that in the far future enough bitcoins have been destroyed (through deleted wallets due ...
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What will cause BTC/USD to shift substantially? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What factors affect the value of a Bitcoin? It's been hovering at about $5/BTC for a few months now, slowly eeking upwards. What would cause a significant spike or drop? ...
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How exactly does short selling with Bitcoins work?

Bitcoinica does (or did) offer short selling, but the question is how? If I fund my account with 100 BTC and I want to short BTC, can I do that, or do I need USD to do that?
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What type of hedging might CoinLab be employing?

In the announcement on GeekWire that CoinLab had received seed funding, there was a statement that I found interesting: CoinLab will pay game companies in government currency, not Bitcoin, and ...
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Historical transaction/trade ratio. Available? Useful?

Blockchain.info lists both "Trade Volume" and "Estimated Transaction Volume" in both BTC and USD. It occurred to me that the ratio of one to the other might be a useful metric in determining how much ...
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What is a bid wall?

On the bitcointalk forums I hear a lot of talk about "bid walls". I have never heard of these in other types of financial markets. It seems that people use them as a way to support the price of a ...
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Could speculation some day rise bitcoin to the moon? [closed]

I saw too many questions about bitcoin losing value. But in my view, 21 million bitcoins is relatively less money (ie., units) than other currencies. Why wouldn't Bitcoin's value rise simply due to ...
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Does speculation hurt bitcoin?

Related Question: Does hoarding really hurt Bitcoin Does speculation hurt bitcoin? I often hear people complain that speculation is destroying Bitcoin, or that Bitcoin will fail because of ...
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What are some of the risks of speculating on bitcoin value?

Just like a commodity it is easy to buy and sell bitcoins. Current value is so much higher then it was just a few months ago it seems like a really great investment. Especially when you consider that ...
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What factors affect the value of a Bitcoin?

Obviously the number of existing Bitcoins affects the value, but what else? What are some of the primary factors for a rise or fall in a Bitcoin's worth?