Risk for bitcoin

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Who Wins in a Currency Devaluation War? Banks Ready for Negative Interest Rates? Money is supposed to be a store of value. After the recent collapse in the dollar convertible price of Bitcoins, the inevitable scrutiny in the viability of the monetary system is warranted.

The official description of Bitcoin states: Bitcoin is an experimental, decentralized digital currency that enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere in the world. The Business Insider in Bitcoin Is Changing The World provides an analysis and a risk warning report. The appeal for merchants is strong. Fees are typically far less than those charged by credit-card companies or banks, particularly for orders from abroad.

And Bitcoin transactions cannot be reversed, so frauds cannot leave retailers out of pocket. Yet for Bitcoins to go mainstream much has to happen, says Fred Ehrsam, the co-developer of Coinbase, a Californian Bitcoin exchange and “wallet service”, where users can store their digital fortune. Several Bitcoin exchanges have suffered thefts and crashes over the past two years. But the real threat is competition. Bitcoin-boosters like to point out that, unlike fiat money, new Bitcoins cannot be created at whim.

That is true, but a new digital currency can be. Litecoin, a Bitcoin clone, is one. A less nerdy alternative is Ripple. That single point of failure is the most popular Bitcoin currency exchange, Mt Gox.