It has been increasingly difficult, for a variety of reasons, for hedge funds to identify profitable short sale opportunities. The root cause of the most challenging of those obstacles is the persistent, artificially low interest rates engineered by the world’s central banks. Many market participants, then, are seeking an investment environment free from manipulative regulation. One mechanism of escape, the first asset to exist outside the control of government, is Bitcoin.

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