Norwegian Man Makes Bitcoin Fortune from $27 Investment
October 31, 2013 12:53 PM
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This afforded him a nice apartment in Toyen
You always hear stories about people who tuck old comics or toys in the attic for years and later find out how valuable they've become. Some guy from Norway just did that with
, Kristoffer Koch bought 5,000 bitcoins in 2009 for only 150 kroner ($26.60 USD). Years later, that investment unexpectedly grew into a little nest egg.
Koch originally bought the bitcoins writing a thesis on encryption. After that was complete, he forgot about them.
But when the media started heavily covering bitcoin in April 2013, Koch was reminded of his and decided to take a peek at his encrypted wallet containing those original 5,000 bitcoins. He found out that by today's rates, those 5,000 bitcoins are worth NOK5m ($886,000 USD).
This afforded him a nice apartment in Toyen, which is a wealthy area in the Norwegian capital.
tends to fulctuate a lot, and Koch happened to see his value at the right time. In April 2013, bitcoin value peaked at $266. Then it fell to a low of $50 soon after.
In fact, it hit a high of $197 just this month.
For those who are unfamiliar, bitcoin is a peer-to-peer digital currency that is encrypted. It's bought with traditional currency from a bitcoin exchanger and later change them back for cash or other purchases.
But bitcoin has
had some problems
in the recent past. In August, the feds questioned the legality of cryptocurrency and considered banning it or at least putting heavier restrictions on it. At that time, the bitcoin industry's largest advocacy/trade group the Bitcoin Federation met with federal regulators from the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
(DHS), Federal Reserve,
Department of Treasury
Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Internal Revenue Service
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Earlier this month, the FBI shut down Silk Road, which was a website designed that enabled its users to buy and sell illegal drugs and other unlawful goods and services anonymously. New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara seized $28 million in bitcoins that belonged to Ross Ulbricht, the alleged owner of Silk Road.
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Bitcoin is a clasic ponzi scheme
11/4/2013 4:05:32 AM
Bitcoin is a classic ponzi scheme and this will end badly for anyone stupid enough to buy in now. The currency is backed by nothing and has no actual value. The main appeal is that it's "gained value". In other words, people will flock to it thinking they'll make a fortune, only to get burned. Just like tech stocks. Just like housing. It's a bubble that eventually will turn to bust.
The original "investors" like this guy get lucky, sort of like winning the lottery. Most others get nothing.
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