Cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin and Ethereum, had a breakout year in 2017. The price of Bitcoin rose from approximately $1,000 per Bitcoin on January 1, 2017, to $13,000 per Bitcoin on December 31, 2017, with a high of approximately $20,000 per Bitcoin. Ethereum increased from approximately $10 per Ether to $755 during the same time period. Both Ether and Bitcoin are used by investors to buy into Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”) opportunities, which are similar to Initial Public Offerings (“IPOs”) and were an extremely popular way of raising capital in exchange for “crypto tokens” in 2017. These ICOs, however, have spurred recent class action lawsuits.
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