Right now, the value of a Bitcoin is north of $17,000. Considering that price was around $1,000 at the very start of the year, you can be forgiven for having a vague sense of regret: after all, if you'd bought $100 worth of the cryptocurrency back then, you'd have about $1,700 now if you cashed out today.
The ride has gotten even crazier over the past month or so, with Bitcoin more than doubling in value since mid-November.
In the wake of this recent, wild climb, people are scrambling to get in on the ground floor—or maybe, let's call it, the third floor—of a new, exciting investment. For our part, we reached out to two experts—economist Robert Shiller of Yale and professor Christian Catalini of MIT—to talk through Bitcoin; what it is, where it's going, and what we should do about it. What's below is information, not financial advice. Harness this article however you'd like. We're not saying invest or not invest, we're saying be informed before you make any major financial decisions. Let's hit it: