Financial Technology Analyst Dan Dolev has stated that cryptocurrencies will never replace cash. He believes that the prices and value of fiat currency are more stable than cryptocurrencies, which is why they are not as widely used. However, he does acknowledge that cryptocurrency is still new and may prove to be as stable as fiat currency in the future.Each currency has its own advantages and disadvantages, but the use of cryptocurrencies continues to grow. Dolev emphasizes that a technology alone will not be enough to make it successful.
Stablecoins have a better chance, but could have a limited reach, he explains. A Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) should be wide and easy to access.Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies that are intended to be linked to a reserve asset, such as gold or the US dollar, but they are not issued by a central bank. The business case for stablecoins is that they provide low-cost, easily accessible digital payments within and across national borders, according to Prasad. In fact, the Biden administration recently told Congress that, when regulated, stablecoins could support faster, more efficient and inclusive payment options.However, stablecoins have caught the attention of US lawmakers as a potential threat to financial stability, with many at the center of controversy.
In one example, critics have wondered if the so-called stablecoin tether has enough dollar reserves to support its currency, since the tether is supposed to be tied to the dollar. It is still the largest stablecoin by market value.That's part of the reason Biden's economic advisors recommended that Congress pass legislation limiting the issuance of stablecoins to insured banks. If done, the move would give US regulators more jurisdiction over the industry, which would ultimately make stablecoins more viable, they argue. Wider use of stablecoins as a medium of exchange could benefit the poor and unbanked, as well as small businesses like street vendors in conducting transactions, says Prasad.Typical cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are decentralized and unlike stablecoins, these other cryptocurrencies are not backed by any reserve assets.
Most of the time their value is derived from supply and demand. There will only be a limited number of “coins” of each cryptocurrency in the market (whether Bitcoin, Ethereum or any other currency), meaning that their value will increase as demand for that cryptocurrency increases.Suppose you have one million of the imaginary cryptocurrency XYZ out of the one billion XYZ that will exist. Once all the possible XYZ's are in circulation people who want to invest in this cryptocurrency will be willing to pay more for it than you initially paid since their supply will be scarcer. Whatever the scenario what is clear is that cryptocurrencies can benefit people around the world and their economies.
Historically banks dealing with cryptocurrency platforms have struggled to comply with “know your customer” regulations and several governments most recently France's Minister of Economy and Finance have tried to end the anonymity offered by Bitcoin.Ethereum, the blockchain ecosystem introduced not just one cryptocurrency but numerous use cases with its programmability and versatility; companies and entrepreneurs are using it to create new technologies products and services. However what remains to be seen is the fate of fiat currency and cryptocurrency both of which have proven to be a useful medium of exchange unit of account and store of value. With all the focus on digital assets cryptocurrencies and merging realities one of many discussions that have substance is that of cryptocurrency replacing fiat currency. Consumers also cannot have financial resources or protections if cryptocurrency in its current state replaces fiat currency.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recommends against adopting cryptocurrency as primary national currency in its current state due to price volatility.
Bitcoin the world's most traded cryptocurrency will surpass money issued by central banks as dominant form of financing worldwide in less than 30 years says panel of fintech specialists. Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies that are intended to be linked to a reserve asset such as gold or US dollar. One reason why cryptocurrencies could make payments more efficient is because they can allow for fast and transparent cross-border financial transactions according to Prasad.The price of Bitcoin has risen considerably in that time and advocates often argue that cryptocurrency is a good store of value because its price will continue to rise over time. If traditional cryptocurrencies could be said to have a floating exchange rate in sense their price is allowed to fluctuate stablecoins have fixed exchange rate in sense their price remains constant with guarantee of central authority.
A stablecoin is a cryptocurrency that has its market value linked to another asset or basket of assets.