Using metaphors for cryptocurrencies helps people feel more familiar with the technology. But there's a downside – we expect it to work just like regular money.
If Bitcoin is a bubble, it will be because its price rises are too great and can't continue. If it isn't, it will be because the Bitcoin market is still expanding. We just don't know which one yet.
Futures trading is driving up the price of Bitcoin but institutional investors remain cautious.
Allegations bring to the fore questions over the legitimacy of bitcoin – a sound investment tool or a massive scam?
An analysis of Bitcoin's fundamentals shows how much of a bubble its price has inflated to.
If you can't use Bitcoin to buy anything then it has no intrinsic value.
The astronomic rise of the price of bitcoin over the past 12 months raises fears that the cryptocurrency is set to crash which could see many people lose money.
Crypto cash is catnip for criminals and a huge challenge to law enforcement – so it's time to bring in a tough, jurisdiction-busting regulatory body.
A digital Australian dollar could remove the role of middlemen and creates a cheaper electronic currency system, while at the same time enabling the government to fully regulate the system.
Within the world of cryptocurrencies, ICOs are the way to raise funds – but without any government oversight.
The development of distributed trust technologies is making traditional institutions like banks, corporations and governments nervous. Those who have power like to hold onto it. What's next?
Despite billions raised in the past year, ICOs are still risky. But ASIC has finally given us a sign of how they will be regulated.
As cryptocurrency systems improve, they will better protect criminals' identities and even allow people to offer anonymous rewards for crimes they want committed.
Despite its name, cryptocurrency isn't just money. It could also be debt or equity and so it should be regulated and taxed in the same way as other finance.
The recent crackdown on cryptocurrencies in China is a prelude to the assertion of control over this area by the Chinese authorities.
Regulation and oversight could be the saviour or the death of a Bitcoin and others.
The UK's biggest industry is poised to lose a big chunk of its (human) workers.
Cybercriminals increasingly depend on e-currencies to profit from their misdeeds. They, and their potential victims, could be driving some of the growth in cryptocurrency markets.
The future and the past, money, technology and politics documented and imagined in fact and fiction, in an economist's recommended reading.
There's a raging debate in South Africa about the role of its central bank. This is inevitable given that so much is changing in the world of central banking and in economic life.