Bitcoin is becoming as safe a haven as gold, one investment analyst told CNBC.
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The price of the cryptocurrency has been rapidly rising in recent weeks. It traded above $730 per bitcoin at the end of last week, levels not since February 2014.
According to Chris Burniske, a blockchain analyst and products lead at investment manager ARK Invest, the cryptocurrency could be referred to as digital gold, as it shares many of the characteristics that makes the precious metal a great store of value.
"Bitcoin shares those same characteristics," Burniske told CNBC in a phone interview. "[Both have an] extremely limited supply and a relatively inert state. Bitcoin and gold can both be used: for example, gold is used in electronic circuits and bitcoin is used as payment.