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3 Stablecoins Everyone Should Know

You may be familiar with the term stablecoin. But because it is a relatively new type of cryptocurrency, you may not be familiar with what it is.

So what is it? Why is there so much fuss surrounding these coins and what are the stablecoins you should know about?

Let’s dig in!

Stablecoins: What On Earth are They?

In its most simple terms, a stablecoin is a cryptocurrency that is pegged to a tangible, or stable, asset. Examples of a stable asset include gold or the US dollar. The idea of backing a cryptocurrency with a tangible asset is to reduce the price volatility associated with standard cryptocurrency. In doing so, digital coins become far more practical for everyday use, and it may encourage global adoption.

Cryptocurrency Volatility

Standard cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have high volatility. On any given day, the value can suddenly increase or decrease (often by significant percentages) for no apparent reason other than market hearsay or fear mongering. This is because the value of Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, depends on what value is given to it by investors. It does not depend on a physical asset to determine its worth. Because of this, Bitcoin and most cryptocurrencies are inconvenient for daily transactions.

Imagine this: You are a vendor, and you sell a dress in exchange for 300 RPX. At the time of the transaction, 300 RPX could be worth $35 USD. However, the next day that same amount of RPX could now equal $23 USD. You wouldn’t be a very happy vendor. Further, you would be consistently aware of the ever-changing value to which your wares are a victim too.

Price changes like this are shocking for merchants and consumers alike. But the adoption of stablecoins may be a catalyst to the decentralized cryptocurrency system working mainstream.

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Stablecoins Offer an Optimal Currency

The goal is to create an optimal currency.

According to Forbes“an optimal cryptocurrency should have the following four traits: price stability, scalability, privacy, and decentralization.”

Price stability is the key trait, and this is what a stablecoin aims to achieve. As Forbes explains further, “Short-term stability is important for transactions and long-term stability is important for holding.”

So let’s look at some examples of stablecoin projects aiming to create the optimal cryptocurrency.

Tether: The Pioneer

You can’t talk about stablecoins without giving a nod to the pioneer. Tether is notable because it’s widely considered the first stablecoin.

1-to-1 USD

Tether claims it is 100% backed by fiat currency held in a reserve bank account. It is said to be backed 1-for-1 to the US dollar, with 1 Tether being equal to $1 USD. It will remain fully backed once all Tethers in circulation are less than or equal to all the fiat held in the reserve.

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Most Established but Controversial

As it is the pioneering stablecoin, Tether is the most established and is well-integrated. However, Tether has faced controversy in the past, as its claims have not been legitimately proven. The company’s terms and conditions state that “Tether reserves the right to refuse to issue or redeem Tether Tokens.”

Some fear this statement gives the company credence to not redeem the currency at the 1-to-1 value it claims.

uBUCK: The All-in-One Convenience

uBUCK is a digital currency wallet that has fiat capabilities.

According to its website, uBUCK enables you to “pay people with uBUCK cash with lightning speed, make purchases online at approved merchants or withdraw cash at the ATM.”

With the ability to buy uBUCK Cash using either Bitcoin or Ethereum cryptocurrencies, a user is effectively “storing” their cryptocurrency in a stablecoin that is tied to the US dollar.

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How Does It Work?

It works like this: A user buys a prepaid uBUCK voucher from the uBUCK mobile application. As stated, you can use BTC or ETH to buy, but regular fiat credit and debit purchases are also accepted.

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Users then load the uBUCK Debit MasterCard (linked to the uBUCK wallet) with their voucher credit, effectively converting the uBUCK Cash into dollars by doing so. This then means ATM withdrawals and regular shopping around the globe is possible with the uBUCK MasterCard.

Wallets

uBUCK comes with four secure wallets. These are the uBUCK Cash Wallet, a Bitcoin wallet, Ethereum wallet, and the USD Debit card. By having a multi-functional wallet, a user can manage their digital and fiat currency in one convenient place. Then, as stated, by using the uBUCK app, the wallet enables users to store, convert, and spend their fiat and cryptocurrencies.

Free Money Transfer

Another interesting feature of this platform is that users can send uBUCK vouchers to other recipients anywhere around the world for free. Essentially, the service allows free money transfers in only a few minutes.

MakerDao: Complex but Transparent

Maker is a decentralized autonomous organization, and its stablecoin is called Dai. Pegged against the US dollar, Dai operates on the Ethereum blockchain and, as such, it is transparent.

Asset Collateral

Each Dai is worth $1 USD, and the website states that “Every Dai is backed in excess by collateral at all times, so you never have to worry about its value moving up or down.

Further:

“Every Dai is backed by another asset of value. Our collateral portfolio is diversified, allowing multiple assets to guarantee the value of each Dai.”

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Ethereum Blockchain

The system is said to be quite complex. To receive Dai, you have to first send your ETH tokens to the Maker platform where they will be “locked up.” Then using the Ethereum blockchain, Maker maintains stability by an autonomous system of smart contracts.

According to its website, Dai offers freedom from volatility:

“Dai stands to transform the financial industry by creating a stable and decentralized currency that will allow businesses to realize the future of money.”

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The Takeaway

Stablecoins can bring stability to the crypto world and offer real potential for global adoption. The key is to create the optimal cryptocurrency inclusive of price stability, decentralization, scalability, and privacy.

The technology is still relatively young and will continually evolve, but it is clear that demand is there. People are looking for the balance between a decentralized payment network and stable value.

Everybody wants to feel secure in their transactions and know that they won’t lose value on their assets for no reason other than market hype.

We’ve mentioned only a few stablecoins here. There are more out there! Do you have any favorites? Do believe the technology will work and bring us towards that optimal currency?

Let us know below!

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Gemini Stablecoin Launches as World First

A bit of an understatement, but it’s a massive day for the crypto industry. On Monday, the Winklevoss twins announced the launch of the Gemini stablecoin, a regulated cryptocurrency backed by USD.

Here’s why this is significant crypto news.

Introducing the Gemini Stablecoin

There are multiple reasons to be optimistic about the Gemini dollar, aside from it being the world’s first regulated stablecoin.

For starters, the Gemini stablecoin will be pegged to the United States dollar at 1:1. Second, the Gemini dollar will allow individuals to both send and receive USDs on the Ethereum network. To do so, users will be using ERC20 tokens.

To simplify, users can convert USD into Gemini dollars, and vice-versa.

Third, the launch of the Gemini dollar indicates that the Winklevoss twins have not been scared away from the crypto industry. Last month Tyler Winklevoss said that the Gemini Trust Co had been considering launching a stablecoin for a while. However, when factoring in things like SEC rejections and the downturn in the Bitcoin price, you could foresee the possibility of this not happening.

That’s not the case though. And we’re glad to see the Gemini dollar hitting the market. After all, stablecoins are starting to become more and more popular, and, according to Gemini Trust Co., the Gemini dollar “combines the creditworthiness and price stability of the U.S dollar with blockchain technology” as well as the “oversight of U.S. regulators.”

The Crypto Market Reacts

Everyone seems pretty excited. Various mediums are covering the stories, the Winklevoss twins are active on social media, and numerous well-known crypto players have joined the conversation.

One crypto player even said this is a sign that the crypto industry is maturing, which seems accurate. Thanks to the Gemini dollar, the gap between conventional banking and the crypto market will close.

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The Takeaway

What do you think about the launch of the Gemini stablecoin? Let us know in the comments below!

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New Stablecoin Stronghold | Has IBM Support For Blockchain Payments

Fintech startup Stronghold has created a new stablecoin token dubbed the ‘Stronghold USD’ and it has received support from IBM. The token is launched on the Stellar network.

Stronghold is the first ever stablecoin to use the Stellar network and is reportedly backed by the US dollar at a 1:1 price ratio.

IBM and Stellar

IBM has been using the Stellar network since 2017 for cross-border payments and has now adopted the new stablecoin to enhance this process.

According to IBM’s senior vice president of global industries, platforms, and blockchain, Bridget van Kralingen, the new token represents a “tremendous opportunity” to improve blockchain payments currently undertaken by IBM.

IBM had been using Stellar’s native token, the Lumen (XLM) to facilitate fiat currencies by exchanging existing fiat’s into XLM for making transactions on the blockchain. One problem though is that this system is exposed both to intra-fiat exchange rates and volatile cryptocurrency rates.

However, using the Stronghold token eliminates the variables of the exchange rates and will play a big role in improving costs. This is because its worth remains stable no matter how the crypto market changes as it is backed by the dollar. Unlike regular cryptocurrencies which are backed by pure speculation as opposed to a tangible asset determining the price. These coins can be easily manipulated on a moment-by-moment basis by news or opinion.

Other Stablecoins

Van Kralingen also said that other stablecoin projects “pegged to national fiat currencies other than the U.S. dollar” would also be of value for IBM’s blockchain integration.

Malta-based Stasis only recently launched its own stablecoin backed by the euro on a 1:1 rate.

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Tether is also one of the more famous, albeit controversial, stablecoins on the market. It too claims to be backed by the US dollar at a 1:1 ratio.

Stablecoins have been gaining increasing traction as they may be one of the key ways to protect coins from the volatility of cryptocurrency markets. Price volatility is one of the major concerns for vendors about adopting these assets, as the value is forever changing.

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New Stablecoin Backed by the Euro, EURS

A Malta-based company Stasis has launched a new stablecoin called EURS. EURS is backed by the Euro and should trade on a one-for-one basis. The coin has been built on the Ethereum EIP-20 standard platform and has already begun trading on London-based exchange DSX already.

DSX predict the order volume to reach $500 million USD by year-end.

Stablecoins: EURS and Tether

Anyone familiar with Tether may scratch their beard dubiously at the EURS coin. But why?

Firstly, it is important to know that a stablecoin is the name given to a coin that is backed by an actual tangible asset, and in Tether’s case, its company claims that every tether coin on the market is backed by one US dollar — similar to Stasis’ claim about the EURS coin (except a different currency).

Every Tether is said to be tradeable on a one-for-one basis with the dollar. However, for months, controversy has surrounded this claim as it has never been legitimately proven. Also, the company’s terms and conditions state that “Tether reserves the right to refuse to issue or redeem Tether Tokens”, and some fear this give the company credence to not redeem the currency at the one-for-one value it claims.

Stasis 

Stasis will have to prove the true value of the EURS coin to gain market trust. There is no denying that stablecoins can bring more stability to the crypto world; providing an easier way for people to get in and out of a position and the demand for such an asset is certainly there. EURS will be effective on exchanges in lieu of fiat currency. In such a case, traders can trade their fiat for EURS and then enter an exchange with EURS, safe in the knowledge that the value of their currency will remain the same no matter the volatility of market prices. Not having to use fiat currency means that money can be moved between crypto exchanges without having to use wire transfers.

So in theory, anyone who holds EURS will have nothing to worry about because at any given time the tokens can be redeemed for real Euros.

Gregory Klumov, Stasis CEO stated: “EURS bridges the gap between traditional finance and the cryptoeconomy…While cryptocurrency trading is currently dominated by individual and retail investors, STASIS and EURS will pave the way for institutional investors to enter the game and begin allocating capital – that’s what’s needed to take the industry to surpass the trillion dollar mark.”

Stasis adds that EURS was specifically developed to satisfy growing demand for cryptocurrencies from European institutional investors.

Last week, Malta brought three new bills into law. Their purpose? To encourage cryptocurrency businesses to set up shop there. Stasis has announced it will obtain a license under this new regulatory framework.

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Silvio Schembri, the Maltese Minister for Financial Services, Digital Economy and Innovation said on the matter:

“We therefore welcome any blockchain initiatives such as STASIS that while being innovative, will still respect and encourage compliance and we look forward to the company applying for a licence under our DLT regulatory framework.”

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