Ethereum hits new all-time high of $3,400 as price surges by 350% this year

Ethereum: Cryptocurrency price figures spike overnight

The cryptocurrency that is linked to the Ethereum blockchain reached the staggering price of $3,456.57 (£2,488) on Tuesday. Ethereum differs from bitcoin as it is not just seen as a store of value and hedge against inflation but also as a burgeoning technology that will act as the foundation for a new global decentralised financial system. The Ethereum network has the ability to create so-called smart contracts that can be automatically executed using code.

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The potential of the cryptocurrency is being eyed up by large institutions both public and private.

Even state-backed entities, such as the European Investment Bank, are eager to utilise the new technology.

In April, the European Investment Bank said it issued its first-ever digital bond on a public blockchain using the Ethereum network.

Speaking to Express.co.uk Nick Spanos, founder at Bitcoin Centre NYC, said: "Besides transaction fees dropping significantly in the past months fueling increased retail transactions, Ethereum’s surge above $3,000 (£2159) all-time high is also influenced by the anticipation of two key events designed to further lower fees and deflate the coin.

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