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High-Speed Traders Are Taking Over Bitcoin

  • Cryptocurreny offers fragmented market, zero transaction fees
  • Risks include hacking thefts, Chinese government crackdown
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High-Speed Traders Dominate Bitcoin

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Zhou Shuoji is not a bitcoin believer. He says the cryptocurrency will never replace its traditional forebears, and he calls most of its proponents fanatics.

But for Zhou, a 35-year-old high-speed trader in Beijing, bitcoin is also too good to resist. His computers trade it 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Using lightning quick orders, they profit from tiny price discrepancies on the myriad venues where it changes hands.