For most of late November and a greater part of December 2017, both Crypto skeptics and fans alike held up anxiously to see where the price of Bitcoin would lead to next. Fans were not shocked as the darling of the Cryptos sailed passed the $20k mark.
Amidst the excitement, it may have been anything but difficult to quickly overlook one of the fundamental reasons Bitcoin soared so high; it was as a way to disrupt decentralized money related frameworks.
This is perhaps a major reason why virtual currencies are particularly alluring to residents in countries that can’t offer financial security. It could also be because of social distress or, as a result of an intense political atmosphere.
In a country like Zimbabwe that was made famous for its unstable socio-political atmosphere and hyper inflation, Cryptocurrencies could offer the perfect solution. For South Africa, another developing nation that keeps on confronting political corruption and disruption, Bitcoin offers a guide in the murkiness of economic vulnerability.
Notwithstanding, a certain chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco is still not bought over yet despite all the glitz and glamour that supporters heap on digital money. John Williams, the Fed chief in the Western United States believes that “cryptocurrency doesn’t even pass the basic test of what a currency should be;” this according to Reuters.
In regular conventional banker form, Williams pointed out that money ought to be essentially something “with a store of value.” He believes that it should likewise be flexible or “elastic” in that they ought to have the capacity to move with the socio-political punches.
Williams, the frontrunner for the position of Head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, opined that “The setup or institutional arrangement around Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, first of all they have problems with fraud, problems with money laundering, [and] terror financing. There are a lot of problems there.”
William has however confessed that he is exceptionally one-sided about digital forms of money because of his roots in conventional banking. He included that “the idea of the supply of currency and thinking about currency really belongs more in the sphere of government and central banks. My view is it’s really more of a promise of technology.”
As far as the market is concerned, Bitcoin has been generally remaining in the green in recent days. As indicated by CoinMarketCap, just 1 Bitcoin it is at present trading at slightly under $8,800! No one can fault Williams for taking his position on Cryptos, they don’t make a conventional bankers day.