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Circle CEO Says Tokenized Fiat Currencies Are on the Horizon

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Jeremy Allaire, the CEO of blockchain-based, crypto-inclusive money transfer company Circle, said that the firm has long held that major fiat currencies would eventually be tokenized.

Significant digital currencies

In an interview on Aug. 21 on the podcast Global Coin Research, Allaire said that Circle has thought for years that sovereign currencies would eventually be digitized. He stated:

“When we got started with Circle back in 2013, I think our belief has been that there will be significant non-sovereign digital currencies that grow in use and that will be attractive to people for a wide variety of reasons, and Bitcoin obviously being the most noteworthy. But we also have believed that the major reserve currencies of the world, the major trade currencies of the world, would become digital currencies.”

A radical change

Allaire also believes that the world is headed toward a system of cheap, instant monetary transactions with traditional, fiat money — regardless of which countries happen to launch digital fiat money. Moreover, he thinks that this will be a radical change in the

way that payment systems, the monetary system and economic interaction at large will work. 

Allaire explained that he does not think digital currencies will simply be tokenized via blockchain, but otherwise operate the same as they do now. Instead, he predicts that global money tokens, backed by baskets of reserve currencies, will emerge and become the preferred monetary model. 

However, he projects this as the “mid to long-term outcome” of countries’ current endeavors with tokenization. Allaire also believes there are some detrimental factors preventing immediate progress, including issues such as nationalism, trade conflict or even a resurgence of so-dubbed economic mercantilism.

National banks move to issue digital currencies

As previously reported by Cointelegraph, a number of central banks are looking to issue digital currencies. Rwanda’s central bank is one of the latest to indicate its interest, and it joins a long list of other countries including Uruguay, the Bahamas, China, Sweden, Ukraine and the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union. 

China in particular appears to be approaching a digital currency launch quickly, with some sources saying that Facebook’s Libra has provided inspiration for further testing.

Source:cointelegraph

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Watch Civic’s CEO Talk About His New Cross-Border Payment System

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Civic’s Vinny Lingham joined us at the Digital Money Forum last week to talk about his new money transfer platform – a worldwide system that holds no funds but instead connects multiple money services businesses (MSBs) in a global network.

The product, called Civic Wallet, will let users carry cryptocurrencies and fiat currency on their own devices and uses Civic’s facial recognition systems to secure the system. Because Civic holds none of the keys or currencies, the clients and MSB endpoints will use the wallet as a sort of piping. Lingham said his product uses Civic’s Secure Identity

Ecosystem to reduce dependence on complex keys.

Because it uses facial recognition there are no seed phrases and restoring your wallet is as simple as looking at your phone. “It’s literally using your face as the key as opposed to anything else, so I don’t need to remember any passwords,” he said.

Lingham demonstrated the app to us at CES 2020 last week. He expects it to launch this spring.

“The app is launching to our private list with over 100,000 people on it worldwide at the end of February. We’ll start sending on invites aggressively, and then the public launch is gonna be in March,” he said.

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Overstock CEO: Crypto Investments Are Ready for Prime Time

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Overstock CEO and Medici Ventures President Jonathan Johnson has been betting on crypto companies for most of the last decade. Now he believes these investments are finally ready to enter the real world.

In an interview at the Digital Money Forum during CES 2020, Johnson talked about Medici’s portfolio of companies and said many of them are shipping products. He still believes, however, the ecosystem is being driven by early adopters.

“There will always be early adopters who take it and it will become more widespread. I think we’re in the early adopter stage of product in production, not the widespread stage quite yet,” he said.Volume 90% 

Johnson believes the real value blockchain

brings isn’t quite clear but it will be as the use cases become more visible. He sees companies like Voatz as leading the way in blockchain-powered solutions.

“It’s understanding which problems the technology solves,” he said. “So, for example, in the voting space, it’s overseas voters. It’s military personnel and their families. Or it’s disabled voters where the mayor has to have a compliance mechanism to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

Ultimately, he believes mass adoption comes from understanding.

“Blockchain technologies could [solve those problems.] So when these companies can explain the solution that they’re providing, then I think it becomes more readily adopted,” he said.

Check out the rest of the video for the rest of his comments on blockchain adoption.

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+1825% per year – Interview with Bitsmax CEO – David Harding

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In a recent interview with Teletype, Bitsmax CEO David Harding said that the company would have representative offices opened in 4 countries, by February 2020. Read ahead for the complete interview.

Interviewer: David, there is a lot of talks around your platform regarding the revolution in the field of earning on cryptocurrencies, Could you please tell us what the revolution is about?

David Harding [D.H]: It is a fact that cryptocurrencies are a complicated thing to understand. In fact, if you go outside and start asking passers-by about the blockchain and currencies, how it all works, not everyone would be able to answer you, but I’m sure everyone would have heard about Bitcoin and its price back in 2010. Our platform solves the problem of cryptocurrency complexity. Everything is very simple – our clients make a deposit for a year and receive from 2 to 5% per day passively and stably every day throughout the year. ”

Interviewer: Wow! So if I rightly understand, you and your team do all these courses, follow the market, make deals, exchanges, and so on?
D.H: That’s right, our customers only invest, we do the rest.

Interviewer: But where does such a huge percentage come from? It can’t be exactly compared with bank interest.
D.H: I am constantly asked this but in my opinion, the answer to this is simply obvious. If you looked at the graph of the Bitcoin exchange rate, you would see that it sometimes jumps by 20%

per day, so it’s pretty obvious. I don’t understand this “wow”.

Interviewer: This is amazing David. Who exactly can become an investor?
D.H: Investments are open to absolutely everyone; absolutely any inhabitant of the planet earth who has a smartphone and the Internet can become our company’s customer. One of the revolutionary sides of our platform is that we do not divide people into nations, countries or states. We give absolutely everyone the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.

Interviewer: So David, right now I can take my iPhone, go to your platform’s website, make a deposit and receive 5% per day stably? Do I understand it correctly?
D.H: That’s right, but the percentage also depends on the amount of investment. Larger the deposit, the greater the interest.

Interviewer: Is there any minimum entry threshold?
D.H: Yes, 10 dollars.

Interviewer: David, all this sounds too attractive, don’t you think so?
D.H: Yes, this is a problem, many do not believe in such numbers, so we lowered the entry threshold so that anyone could test our platform by investing only $10 and make sure that all this is real. We also plan to open representative offices in 11 countries, among which 4 countries would have it by February 2020.

Interviewer: With your enthusiasm and goals, I can only wish you good luck. Thank you for answering our questions.

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