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The price of bitcoin soared to an all-time high of $48,000 after Tesla's revelation it was converting a chunk of its cash reserves to the cryptocurrency.   © Reuters
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Will Tesla's backing help to spin bitcoin into gold?

Cryptocurrency prices behaving more like hot stocks than safe havens

FRANCESCA REGALADO, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- As an advertisement for an asset class, Tesla's announcement this month that it would convert a sizeable chunk of its cash reserves into bitcoin seemed to be as good as it gets.

After all, here was the world's richest man, Elon Musk, backing a plan to put $1.5 billion of his company's money into the cryptocurrency. And many investors took the view that what is good enough for Musk and his electric vehicle and clean energy company is good enough for them.

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