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Bitcoin slammed as ‘worst investment of 2014’

Bitcoin has been officially named the worst investment of 2014, a result of the cryptocurrency’s steep decline in value this year.

In fact, even the Greek stock market fared better than Bitcoin in terms of percentage value drop, marking a serious slump in the digital dosh’s success.

Business site Quartz dubbed the currency with its new title, after revealing the ‘worst of the worst’ investments of the year.

“There was plenty of ugliness to be found in the markets this year,” wrote the site, “But none of these investments has been as atrociously awful as Bitcoin.”

So just how bad was 2014 for Bitcoin? Well when valued against US dollars, the currency dropped an incredible 52 per cent in value.

Greek stocks, by comparison, saw a fall of 28 per cent, much lower than the drop in Bitcoin worth.

Bitcoin now prices up at $322.26 per coin, which translates to £206.45 sterling – still no sum to scoff at.

Unfortunately it seems the currency is well past its prime, as Bitcoin’s record high measured in at $1,242 on November 29 last year – that’s £790 per coin.

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At the start of 2014, Bitcoin weighed up at somewhere around £740 per coin, seeing an April slump to around $400, and prices just keep falling.

It’s been a tough year for Bitcoin, largely thanks to the clamp down on the illicit Silk Road marketplace and the Mt. Gox cryptocurrency exchange.

The most worrying potential outcome for Bitcoin loyalists is a sudden exodus of investors, which could lead to a huge devaluation over a very short period of time, effectively rendering the currency worthless.

Other entrants to the ‘worst of the worst’ investment roster included the Argentine peso with a 24 per cent fall, and Russian US dollar corporate bonds with an 18 per cent fall.

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