There is a massive unseen tsunami of technological disruption forming at the moment, and it’s flow has initiated from the emergence of Cryptocurrencies, with Bitcoin being the first and the most popular. This can be called the new wave of the Internet of money. At the moment, we are kind of in the 1993-1994 creation period during the early Internet days, and Facebook and Twitter of Cryptocurrency are a decade away. But, with the increasing rate of innovation, it is estimated to be closer to 3-5 years away.
Cryptocurrency (or “crypto”), which is earning huge popularity, is a form of payment that can be exchanged online for goods and services. Many companies have issued their own currencies, often called tokens, and these can be traded specifically for the goods or services that the company provides. Consider them as arcade tokens or casino chips. One needs to exchange real currency for the cryptocurrency to access the goods or services. It uses a technology called blockchain, which is a decentralized technology spread across many computers that manages and records transactions. Part of the appeal of this technology is due to its security.
A cryptocurrency may be a medium of exchange that is digital, encrypted and decentralized. But, unlike the U.S. Dollar or the Euro, there’s no central authority that manages and maintains the worth of it. Instead, these tasks are broadly distributed among a cryptocurrency’s users via the web.
Most of us might be familiar with the foremost popular versions, Bitcoin and Ethereum, but interestingly, there are around 5,000 different cryptocurrencies in circulation, consistent with CoinLore. Even though Crypto can be used to shop for regular goods and services, but, many investing in cryptocurrencies treat it as investing in other assets like stocks or precious metals. While cryptocurrency may be novel and exciting, purchasing it is often risky and you need extensive research to completely understand how each system works and whether or not to invest in it.
The total value of all cryptocurrencies on May 27, 2021, was recorded to be more than $1.7 trillion — down from April high of $2.2 trillion. The total value of all bitcoins, the most popular digital currency, was pegged at about $735 billion — down from April’s high of $1.2 trillion.
Cryptocurrencies are amassing huge popularity among their supporters for various reasons. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are seen as the currency of the future and people are racing to buy them now, presumably before they become more valuable. It removes central banks from managing the money supply, since over time these banks tend to reduce the value of money via inflation, so cryptocurrency looks like a better alternative. The blockchain technology behind it makes it more secure than traditional payment systems. Some speculators like cryptocurrencies because they’re going up in value and have no interest in the currencies’ long-term acceptance as a way to move money.
How to buy cryptocurrency?
Some cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, are available for purchase with U.S. dollars, while others require that you pay with bitcoins or another cryptocurrency. To buy cryptocurrencies, you need a “wallet,” an online app that can hold your currency. Generally, you create an account on an exchange, and then you can transfer real money to buy cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin or Ethereum. Also, there is a growing number of online brokers offering cryptocurrencies.
For those who see cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin as the currency of the future, it should be noted that a currency needs stability. Cryptocurrency is an incredibly speculative and volatile buy. Stock trading of established companies is generally less risky than investing in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Although, more countries are starting to accept cryptocurrencies or at least allow their citizens to invest in the digital currency. Regions are now starting to promote comprehensive regulations over cryptocurrencies. Even though each country has a different approach towards digital currencies, people worldwide have grown interests in crypto investment.
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Article by Neelchandra Roy, The North-Eastern Chronicle