Bitcoin reached another record, coming ever closer to $50,000, as the world’s largest cryptocurrency extends its breathtaking rally. The token climbed as much as 3.6% to $49,913 in Asian trading Tuesday, according to a composite of prices compiled by Bloomberg. Bitcoin’s volatile, fivefold advance over the past year towers above the returns from more traditional investments like stocks, gold, and commodities. Bitcoin’s ascent has been buoyed by the widening adoption of the cryptocurrency, most notably Tesla Inc.’s disclosure this month of a $1.5 billion purchase. Yet a debate continues about whether the token has any intrinsic value at all, amid warnings that investors could be left with big losses because cryptocurrencies remain highly speculative. Read more at Fortune.