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  • Three out of four bitcoin investors have lost money

  • Data on investors in cryptocurrencies in 95 countries between 2015 and 2022

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Price of bitcoin rose from $250 in August 2015 to peak at nearly $69,000 in November 2021

Roughly three-quarters of people who have bought bitcoin have lost money according to a study published as the cryptocurrency sector reels from the collapse of a major exchange that has sapped confidence.

Economists at the Bank of International Settlements, an institution widely considered as the central banks of central banks, analysed data on investors in cryptocurrencies in 95 countries between 2015 and 2022.

"Overall, back of the envelope calculations suggest that around three-quarters of users have lost money on their bitcoin investments," they said in their study.

During the period studied, the price of bitcoin rose from $250 in August 2015 to peak at nearly $69,000 in November 2021. It is now trading at around $16,500.

The number of people using smartphone apps allowing one to purchase and sell cryptocurrencies rose from 119,000 to 32.5 million during the same period.

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