Many countries are shifting towards introducing their own state-backed digital currencies. Central banks are exploring the potential of CBDCs. But is this effort really a good move on the rest of private coins including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and XRP?
There are many countries and people that are embracing blockchain technology or using Bitcoin and other forms of digital currencies. But there are also those who don’t want to hear anything concerning the cryptocurrency business in their countries. What is the reason for such hostility?
The cryptocurrency market is among the biggest unregulated sectors in the globe. Before the coming of digital money, drug dealers were using cash as the main means of making transactions. Now, things have changed a little bit. However, drug dealers still prefer using fiat than cryptocurrencies.
The month of January 2021 has not been fair to some of the popular digital currencies among the top 10 cryptocurrencies on the market. There was a big amount of volatility in most of the cryptocurrencies. The price of the most cryptocurrencies fell following the warning from Janet Yellen, the US Treasury Secretary, about the illicit use of digital currencies including Bitcoin.
The COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of many central banks and has now taken a route of fintech innovation. Some of the major tools being currently looked at is introducing central bank digital currency (CBDC) into the finance and banking industry. But the main question is how these new forms of digital currencies impact the economy.
The coming of Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies has totally changed the game of payments. More governments and payment service providers have now appreciated the need for digital currencies in the payment sector. Benefits of cryptocurrencies include cheap transaction fees, privacy, fast, transparent and secure money transfers.