Bitcoin

Editor’s letter

10 November 2018 9:00 am

It wasn’t so long ago that only the most committed bores spoke of money in abstract terms: money as a…

The price of Bitcoin has fallen from a high of £14,354 to just under £5,000

All change: is the bitcoin revolution coming?

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Dismiss bitcoin at your peril: its global adoption would alter everything, says Matthew Lynn

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela, who has overseen the collapse of the country’s currency

The problem bitcoin solves

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Modern financial history is littered with hyperinflation, defaults and currency devaluation. Bitcoin could put an end to that, says Saifedean Ammous

Breaking the bank

10 November 2018 9:00 am

BitMEX co-founder Sam Reed tells Damian Reilly what it took to create the world’s largest bitcoin exchange

Blockchain threatens something as important to nations as money: their legitimacy

Beyond democracy: could seasteads and cryptocurrencies replace the nation state?

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Bitcoin and blockchain could make possible previously unimaginable social revolutions, says Patri Friedman

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Gangsters’ paradise?

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Despite what you’ve heard, bitcoin is a poor way to launder money, says Arthur Hayes, co-founder of BitMEX

Has Philip Hammond saved the high street? No – but every little helps

3 November 2018 9:00 am

How much did Philip Hammond’s giveaway Budget help dying town centres? Not enough, say campaigners, but let’s give the Chancellor…

Data breaches show we’re only three clicks away from anarchy

14 July 2018 9:00 am

An IT glitch afflicting BP petrol stations for three hours last Sunday evening might not sound like headline news. A…

Enjoy your feelgood summer while you can – there may be trouble ahead

7 July 2018 9:00 am

I’ve been on a mini-tour, full of echoes and warnings. First, to the Grange Festival in Hampshire, where we might…

Virtual currencies will be our salvation

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad I never made it to Zurich but met up with Steve Bannon through the miracle of technology, thanks to…

How the Rat sniffed out £15,000 down the back of my virtual sofa

20 January 2018 9:00 am

It must be about 25 years since the Rat first made an appearance in The Spectator. He started out as…

Why cryptocurrency is the answer

6 January 2018 9:00 am

The craze for cryptocurrency can be explained by a host of factors: the allure of getting rich quick; the attraction…

In defence of that £110 million bonus for the boss of Persimmon builders

6 January 2018 9:00 am

New Year’s Eve was certainly a day for celebration in the household of 53-year-old Jeff Fairburn, chief executive of the…

The skulking assassins of the London Stock Exchange

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The revenge tragedy at the London Stock Exchange whose plot I outlined last month has reached its third act, but…

Why oh why didn’t I buy more Bitcoin?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Every time I write about Bitcoin you can probably take it as a major sell signal. The last time I…

Up the Zambezi: why Rio Tinto’s colossal coal cock-up is going to court

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Another week, another blue-chip in the dock. The US Securities and Exchange Commission has brought fraud charges against London-based mining…

Crypto-currencies are risky as hell – but worth a punt

30 September 2017 9:00 am

‘I’m up 430 per cent,’ said my friend Mash, boasting about his investments in Bitcoin. I should have known then…

How blockchain works

Blockchain: an investor’s guide

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Blockchain is the hottest bit of jargon in the financial world and potentially the most exciting development since the invention…

2017 will be one long vampire scream from the liberal elite

31 December 2016 9:00 am

I’ve been looking at my predictions for 2016 made this time last year. It’s extraordinary — don’t check, just trust…

Volatile proposition: bitcoin has plunged from its 2013 peak

Is bitcoin a safe haven against mainstream money mayhem?

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The digital currency has a cult following — but is it a safe haven against mainstream money mayhem?

Maybe bitcoin isn’t the work of the devil, after all

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I confess to being an out-and-out Luddite when it comes to bitcoin and other so-called crypto-currencies. To the extent that…

Turn the licence fee into a digital currency – and save more than just the BBC

1 August 2015 9:00 am

What follows is a proposal for reducing the BBC licence fee and improving the corporation’s output while saving the British…

One of the 444 airfields built during the second world war (Photo: Getty)

Heathrow and the strange, far-off days when Britain actually built things

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Heathrow. The whole British story is there. Reading up around that debacle last week, I came across the eye-watering —…

Welcome to crypto-currency land

26 April 2014 9:00 am

These online crypto-currencies have made the financial world more fun. It’s all so gloriously bonkers. First there was Bitcoin, the…

Do wars always start in years ending ‘14’?

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Years of war Imaginative souls have tried to compared the situation in Ukraine with that which preceded the first world…