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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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Are Stablecoins the Future? The Winklevoss Twins Seem to Think So!

Are stablecoins the future of crypto? Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Bitcoin bulls and Gemini Exchange founders, seem to think so. This morning, an interview was published by Fortune where the twins discussed their first marketing campaign for Gemini.

Stablecoins and Gemini

The famous twins feel digital currency has a bright future, but there need to be banking-style regulations in order for investors to trust it.

“The idea is that companies that build on top of things like Bitcoin should have regulation that’s thoughtful and that doesn’t stifle innovation,” said Tyler on Fortune’s
‘Balancing the Ledger.’ “People believe in the dream of crypto, they just don’t know how to engage in it without getting burned. We’re here to say Gemini’s a place you can do that.”

The newly launched Gemini campaign encompasses just that and is called ‘Revolution Needs Rules.’ The Winklevoss Twins have the ad spread all across Wall Street and have even purchased a full-page in the New York Times.

Crypto has been in quite the bear market the past year, and the twins believe that stablecoins (digital currencies pegged to a fiat currency) are a bright spot for this downturn. It just so happens that the twins have created their own stablecoin for their platform named the Gemini Dollar, pegged to the US dollar. Stablecoins seem to be the new trend among the crypto community, as crypto’s high volatility seems to be its biggest deterrent.

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However, like Tether (USDT), it is hard to tell if the coin is really pegged to the dollar and how that process even works. The Winklevoss twins explained in their interview that at least 60% of US 100 dollar bills are held overseas. They think this practice could be simplified if the holders just used stablecoins, instead of actual dollars.

With so many new stablecoins in circulation now, it will be difficult to keep up with them all, but the fakes can easily be exposed since they all should hold the same value.

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Are they Viable? Berkeley Economics Prof Doesn’t Think So

Stablecoins are becoming popular. There’s no denying it; a number have hit the market this year. In fact, just yesterday, the Winklevoss twins announced the Gemini Dollar—the first-ever regulated stablecoin.

Not to mention Carbon launched CarbonUSD, a US dollar backed stablecoin, today.

And yet, despite the crypto market displaying optimism around the latest trend in the industry, one Berkeley Professor provided an alternative view.

He said there is no indication that stablecoins are viable.

Berkeley Professor Talks Stablecoins

Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies pegged to a stable asset. That’s as simple as it gets. The Gemini Dollar, for instance, created by Gemini Trust Co (Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss’ company) will be pegged to the USD at 1:1.

But Barry Eichengreen, Economics Professor at the University of Berkeley, said that just because these coins can be pegged to reserves of fiat currency doesn’t mean they are “viable.”

Sure, he admits that stablecoins appear to solves problems of conventional cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin (BTC). With these digital currencies, trading prices are volatile, making their purchasing power unstable.

Further, Eichengreen said that because their value is “stable in terms of dollars or their equivalent,” stablecoins are attractive as:

  • Units of account
  • Stores of value

However, according to Eichengreen, “this doesn’t mean that they are viable.”

Changing the Mind of the Crypto Market

It seems unlikely that Eichengreen’s comments will cause the crypto market to see a disappearance in stablecoins. Yesterday, a well-known crypto player said the Gemini Dollar is a sign that the industry is maturing.

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Meanwhile, Tyler Winklevoss said that the Gemini Trust stablecoin will solve both trust problems and computer science problems.

So the question is: who should we, the people, believe?

Divided

Like with most new things, watch from afar before jumping in. How the Gemini Dollar does on the market will be an indication of how trustworthy stablecoins are. If it flops, perhaps you’ll be siding with Professor Barry Eichengreen.

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Crypto Project Carbon Launches Stablecoin CarbonUSD

Crypto project Carbon is launching its own stablecoin called CarbonUSD.

According to its website:

“Carbon is a price-stable cryptocurrency that is creating a more efficient and inclusive global economy.”

The coin will be based on the Ethereum network and is said to be backed one-for-one by the US dollar. Its arrival comes a week after the release of two competitor stablecoins, the Gemini dollar and Paxos Standard. What’s all the fuss about stablecoins?

Stablecoins

Stablecoins have become a more popular crypto release of recent months. Designed to bring stability to such a volatile market, the idea behind them is needed. But do they really deliver?

A stablecoin is a cryptocurrency that is backed by a tangible asset. So in CarbonUSD’s case, that tangible asset is the dollar. For every one CarbonUSD coin, you get one US dollar.

The positive of this model is that no matter how the market fairs, your stablecoin will always hold the same value as the asset it is backed by. Therefore traders can buy in and buy out easily knowing the value of the coin will not change.

Anyone familiar with cryptocurrency knows that this is a big issue with digital coins, whose value is usually backed by nothing but market hearsay and speculation.

The primary stablecoin is the Tether coin. But unfortunately, doubts surround the validity of the one-for-one claims about the worth of this coin.

CarbonUSD

So trust in this sector can be hard to establish but with so many new stablecoins appearing, the crypto project Carbon is unfazed, reiterating that “CarbonUSD will undergo frequent third-party attestation to verify that each token is one-to-one [dollar to token] backed. We really want to create a token that’s transparent, compliant.”

The new “price-stable” coin was released today and is available for institutional accounts, hedge funds, traders, and exchanges. In the meantime, the company is still actively looking to get CarbonUSD on more exchange listings.

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The team is predicting that CarbonUSD will reach a $1 billion market cap. If so, Carbon will transition to a “hybrid algorithmic model.”

Miles Albert, the co-founder of Carbon, stated:

“We’ve already developed our algorithmic scale model, we’ve already done simulations as well, to test the resilience of our model. From an algorithmic standpoint, we plan to whitelist our ‘metatoken’ structure after CarbonUSD has reached sufficient scale and liquidity.”

Would you buy a stablecoin? Is CarbonUSD going to be a more reliable coin than say, Tether, do you think?

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