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3 Stablecoins Everyone Should Know

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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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Whale Transfers 31.30 Million Ripple (XRP) to Bitstamp

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Over the past year or so, the fintech firm Ripple has come under fire from the XRP community for selling large amounts of the cryptocurrency token. The company holds the highest number of XRP tokens, meaning significant sales at regular intervals have affected the price of the cryptocurrency considerably.

In a new development, it has emerged that more than 31 million XRP tokens were sent from an unknown wallet to the Bitsamp exchange. The transaction was announced by a reliable Twitter account named Whale Alert, which tracks big transactions in the crypto space.

Key Impact

Now, it is being speculated that the latest movement of XRP tokens could also be a case of Ripple selling more of its holding to exchanges. Last year, there had been widespread dissent against the company for the heavy selling of the XRP token. Eventually, CEO Brad Garlinghouse had to state that the sales were aimed at expanding the use of the token.

The behavior from the company eventually saw some prominent members of the XRP community threatening that they would go for a fork if it continued. Reports suggest that the unknown wallet had received as many as 463,420,929.99 XRP tokens from Ripple last month.

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It’s not a surprise that there is speculation that Ripple has possibly started selling XRP in bulk yet again. Additionally, there has also been talk about a possible initial public offering from the company, and according to Allen Scott of Cointelegraph, such a move could prove to be a problem for XRP. He stated that an IPO could actually make it difficult for XRP to exist as a cryptocurrency altogether.

However, it should be noted that Brad Garlinghouse clarified later that his comment about more blockchain companies having IPOs was a bit of theorizing and has nothing to do with a possible IPO from Ripple.

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MPWR Crypto Summit Confirms Millennials Will be Enhancing The Digital Space

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Vancouver, BC. March 13th 2019 – – The topic of misinformed crypto practice and where the future of cryptocurrency is heading was a common theme during Monday’s MPWR Crypto Mining Summit 2019. Wes Fulford, CEO of Bitfarms and Dina Matterson, BC Hydro representative, brought forth the powerful concept of millennials leading the multi-layered space.

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Wes Fulford, CEO of Bitfarms

Fulford presented the idea that generation Y captivates a new buying behaviour, encouraging the crypto currency pattern to progress, adapt and enhance to a playing ground understood by society. Bitfarms has initiated a partnership with the students of École De Technologie (ETS) in Montreal, towards developing new applications and growth in the industry.

“BC is a great place for mining companies that are looking to supply their operations with low cost and clean power. We ensure clean energy resources fulfill future demands and initiatives” BC Hydro’s, Dina Matterson says. The clean energy topic is an increasingly important subject to the next generation. It is an important puzzle piece to educating ourselves on the crypto currency landscape and leading with green practice in mind.

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Dina Matterson, BC Hydro

Wes Fulford, Canadian powerhouse and CEO of BitFarms, which is one of North America’s largest vertically integrated blockchain infrastructure and cryptocurrency mining companies. Prior to joining Bitfarms, Wes led the financial institutions and fintech investment banking practice for one of Canada’s largest financial institutions, Desjardins Group, and during his career has led over 100 successful financings and M&A transactions.

Dina Matterson is a Business Development Manager with the Business & Economic Development team at BC Hydro. Dina works to proactively attract new customers to British Columbia by identifying the barriers to locating in B.C., and working collaboratively with key BC Hydro business groups, governments and non-government organizations to develop solutions to remove those barriers.

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About Blockchain Infrastructure Research

Blockchain Infrastructure Research is an independent research company specializing in cryptocurrency mining infrastructure. BIR provides clear, up-to-date information for major institutional investors, developers, and government organizations in support of: facilities location and design, energy management, hardware selection, supply and value chain management, regulation compliance, operations security, and understanding market and price trends.

With its team of clean energy engineers, the firm has significant expertise in identifying power solutions for medium and large scale mining operations. For more information on BIR visit www.biresearch.ca

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NetCents Technology Signs its 50th Partnership Agreement

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Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – November 13, 2019) – NetCents Technology Inc. (CSE:NC)(OTCQB:NTTCF) (Frankfurt: 26N(“NetCents” or the “Company”) . NetCents is pleased to announce the signing of its 50th Partnership Agreement with Agape Global Services Inc., (“Agapay”).

Agapay provides premium credit card processing services providing growing businesses credit card processing, e-commerce, and other electronic processing solutions for continuity of revenue and payment flows.

Over the last 24 months, the Company’s focus has been twofold. Firstly, it was to design, develop and build out the required technical infrastructure necessary to allow crypto-based payments to become mainstream. This resulted in the release of over 12 different significant upgrades and improvements to the NetCents Platform. Instant settlements, multiple terminal, Point of Sale (“POS”) & eCommerce integrations, Asset Management Platform, deployment of the Software as a Service (“SaaS”) based platform, crypto-banking stack and zero confirmation to name but a few. The stable of products the Company now offers is varied and includes; file management, authorization services; and settlement services for multiple crypto-currency formats.

Secondly, the Company looked to imbed itself into the traditional payment space by making the processing technology easier and more cost effective for merchants to implement and use while simultaneously making it simpler for consumers to use. NetCents went out and signed major manufacturers of the industry leading POS devices (PAX, Clover, Ingenico, ExaDigm, Poynt, AMP, Verifone) so as to imbed the NetCents software into their devices. This has provided NetCents with the potential to reach over 40 million active terminals worldwide.

Clayton Moore, CEO of NetCents Technology, said,

“The 50th agreement means that our partners who are a combination of Independent Sales Organizations or ISO’s (a third-party payment processing company that handles merchant accounts), Processors (handle merchant transactions for merchant acquiring banks) and Gateways (facilitates payment transaction between payment portal and processor) combine to give NetCents a reach to an estimated 7 million merchants and who collectively process well over a billion dollars annually in the traditional processing space. That is an accomplishment.”

He further went on to say,

“The onboarding of merchants was initially slower than anticipated but as the Company has publicly said, the uptake in both merchant onboarding and processing volume has been increasing steadily over the last number of months. The Company feels very strongly that by continuing to follow this path, the Company will continue to become the underlying technology for crypto-currency payments akin to the Automated Clearing House (“ACH”), an electronic funds-transfer system that facilitates bank to bank payments, credit and debit transactions in North America. Last year the ACH Network processed USD 23 billion in payments. The value of ACH payments last year was USD 51.2 trillion.”

About NetCents

NetCents Technology Inc. (CSE:NC)(OTCQB:NTTCF)(Frankfurt: 26N) is a next-generation online payment processing platform, offering consumers and merchants online services for managing electronic payments. The Company is focused on capturing the migration from cash to digital currency by utilizing innovative Blockchain Technology to provide payment solutions that are simple to use, secure and worry-free. NetCents works with its financial partners, mobile operators, exchanges, etc., to streamline the user experience of transacting online.

NetCents Technology is integrated into the Automated Clearing House (“ACH”) and is registered as a Money Services Business (MSB) with FINTRAC, which ensures our consumer’s security and privacy. NetCents is available for deposits from 194 Countries around the World, providing you with the freedom to choose to Pay. Your Way. ™

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This release includes certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements”. All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address events or developments that the Company expects to occur, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, but not always, identified by the words “expects”, “plans”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “projects”, “potential” and similar expressions, or that events or conditions “will”, “would”, “may”, “could” or “should” occur. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include regulatory actions, market prices, and continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. Investors are cautioned that any such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates, and opinions of the Company’s management on the date the statements are made. Except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the event that management’s beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change.

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