Bitcoin news: Cryptocurrency price breaches $US20,000 in all time high

Bitcoin has smashed through $US20,000 ($A26,440) for the first time amid increased institutional and corporate interest.

The cryptocurrency hit an all-time peak of $US20,800 and was last up 6.4 per cent at $US20,675.

It has gained more than 170 per cent this year, buoyed by demand from larger investors attracted to its potential for quick gains, purported resistance to inflation and expectations it will become a mainstream payment method.

Smaller coins ethereum and XRP, which often move in tandem with bitcoin, gained 5.4 per cent and 8.1 per cent respectively.

“Many of our clients have been expecting bitcoin to surpass its all-time high of $US20,000 given the recent news from major institutional players like SGX and MassMutual openly endorsing bitcoin,” said Scott Freeman, co-founder & partner at trading firm JST Capital.

“While this is a major milestone for this nascent asset class, as retail, institutional, and blue-chip investors alike allocate more capital to this space, it would not be surprising to see other coins follow in BTC’s footsteps and for this upward trajectory to be sustained into 2021.”

The cryptocurrency bitcoin has hit an all-time peak of $US20,800 after a surge. Credit: AP

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