20211013_Bitcoin_IBT Daily price of Bitcoin (in U.S. dollars) Photo: Statista/IBT

A few months back we proclaimed 2021 to be "the year of the cryptocurrency." It was five months ago (ages in crypto terms), and a whole raft of major currencies were flying high, having been set on a dramatic upward course around the start of the year. Since though, this bubble has burst, caused by a number of significant setbacks for specific currencies as well as the whole concept itself such as the tightening of restrictions in China.

The biggest of them all was no exception to this downfall, and as CoinDesk data shows, that summer drop was not the first but is probably the most dramatic in the cryptocurrency's storied history. Having surged to an all-time high of over $60 thousand in April, Bitcoin has plunged to around the $30 thousand mark as of the end of July.

Now though, the Bitcoin roller coaster has raced skyward again, with the price surpassing $57 thousand at the start of this week. While this is down to $54 thousand at the time of writing, the yo yo hasn't yet shown serious signs of giving in to gravity again. The reason for the recent upswing? Konstantin Anissimov, executive director of the crypto exchange CEX.IO commented: "El Salvador’s move to adopt bitcoin as legal tender has been seen in a positive light. Another reason is JPMorgan’s recent note to investors - it said that the prized crypto asset seems to be a better hedge against inflation than gold. I believe the latest bitcoin rally is a direct result of inflation concerns and investors are using the cryptocurrency as a hedge against it."