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Questions tagged [cryptocurrency]

Questions involving crypto currencies, crypto coins and tokens traded via the distributed ledger technology (blockchain) and its functioning aspects, as well as the valuation, exchange and issuance of new cryptocurrencies.

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Government policy on emerging financial instruments: historical evidence?

After coming across a recent statement from David Gerard (perhaps best known for his book: Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain) on the topic of bitcoin, my interest in emerging financial instruments was ...
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Why doesn't the central bank extend loans directly?

I've been thinking about the credit theory of money lately and how it creates money. Since Banks look for sufficient reserves after extending a loan, and since the central bank always loans out money ...
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What determines a new cryptocurrency's initial value?

I understand that a cryptocurrency has no intrinisc value, and that therefore its value is determined strictly by market forces, i.e. supply and demand. I "get" (more or less) that this is how it ...
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Can we get rid of banknotes and coins?

this is more a theoretical question, nowadays with Internet, Debit/Credit cards and Cryptocurrencies, why should we keep printing/making more physical money? granted not everybody has access to ...
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How does the dollar value of all bitcoin compare with the total cost of the electricity required to generate it?

The world's Bitcoin mining in the aggregate uses surprisingly large amounts of electricity. Princeton computer scientist Arvind Narayanan estimates that Bitcoin mining now uses about five gigawatts ...
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Venezuela Petro Cryptocurrency

As I understand it, a primary feature / requirement of cryptocurrency is that it is not controlled by a government actor: it is decentralized. If this is true and the Petro is controlled by a ...
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Devaluation of Venezuelan Bolívar - Will it increase or fight hyperinflation?

According to recent news, Venezuela is lopping 5 zeros out of its regular Bolívar, and devaluing it, and pegging it to a cryptocurrence issued by Venezuela, to fight the economic situation (...
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Why do large financial institutions make international transactions in digital currency?

I've heard that blockchain technology has been used extensively by financial institutions when making international transactions to eachother, with speed and transparency and cryptographic security ...
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Is any aspect of the cryptocurrency adoption violating a widely held economic tenet?

This is not a homework question. I am merely interested. As an academic discipline, Economics refers to various laws and widely held beliefs including, but not exclusive to; Production precedes ...
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What is a suitable exponential to model a currency or cryptocurrency price increase?

I would like to model a supply and demand cryptocurrency market, not necessarily for Bitcoin, but for any coin. My difficulty is that I don't know what exponential factor might be realistic to do so. ...
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How can a crypto currency crash affect liquidity?

To the best of my knowledge, no bank will allow a borrower to provide crypto as collateral for a loan. So, if the price of crypto crashes to zero, there shouldn't be any liquidity issues because no ...
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Are cryptocurrencies a ponzi scheme or a bubble?

Several users in this forum have addressed bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as ponzi schemes. Bitcoins have several uses which could legitimate its value as a currency, but also have received ...
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Crypto-tokens: how do they function in a latter stage of company?

I am newbie to cryptocurrencies and just read an article about ICO (Initial Coin Offerings). However, I didn’t quite get the functioning and role of tokens. Lets say there is a company that plans to ...
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How can I change this formula to better calculate the reward of some financial movements? (avoiding to consider maturation)

I am here to ask you a suggestion about how to correctly handle this situation related to how to calculate the earned money into an financial investment. Here you can find a basic Excel sheet related ...
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Theoretical market capitalisation of a crypto currency?

Here’s the context. I want to know what the theoretical market capitalisation (say eg $US / Bitcoin times Q the number of coins - it doesn’t have to be Bitcoin) of a crypto currency? Assume that the ...
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How can lending be feasible on blockchain?

Given the fact that mostly all cryptocurrencies have a permanently set supply, they will invariably rise in value as cryptocurrency transactions rise. Even if cryptocurrency deflation cools off from ...
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Currency Value Formula

I recently have gained interest in the way currency value is derived in crypto-currencies and have researched the ins and outs of supply and demand. Is there a particular mathematical formula to ...
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Is a lack of “rules” dangerous for cryptocurrency

An issue/disadvantage that the gold standard had was a lack of mechanisms that forced economies to abide by the rules of the game. As a result, they could at any time de-monetize gold and therefore ...
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How do economic and financial policies in government deal with cryptocurrencies?

Given the decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum, how can centralized organisations like banks and the government create policies around it without changing the way ...
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The potential dilution of cryptocurrencies

What is to stop the value of cryptocurrencies being diluted by the emergence of other cryptocurrencies? For example, according to Wikipedia, Bitcoin was 80% of the crypto market cap in 2016, but this ...
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What are the differences between cryptocurrencies and digital currencies backed by CBs?

Given all the hype around the cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, ethereum, etc., I'm wondering what are the main differences between those and a possible digital currency, backed by a central bank, in a ...
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How are cryptocurrencies reported in GDP?

Apparently the total market value of cryptocurrencies is currently close to $118 billion. Is any of this reflected in GDP figures over the years? For example, if I start mining bitcoin today, I will ...
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Does an instant settlement system (such as blockchains) eliminate the possibility for short selling?

My understanding is that a short sell is possible because you can sell positions you don't have and then buy at a later point to cover your position (with the price hopefully being more favorable) to ...
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Is it valid to compare cryptocurrencies by using their smallest divisible unit?

I'd like to compare the relative value (in USD) of three cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Ethereum, and IOTA. (See spreadsheet below.) Specifically, I'm comparing the price of each currency's smallest unit ...
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Optimal pricing for Crypto-Currency Exchanges

I have a general understanding of game theory, and want to try to apply it to crypto-currency exchanges, which are completely decentralised systems. I come from a finance background so I will define ...
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Effects of Decentralized Currency

What effects could the growing use (and abuse) of Decentralized crypto-currency have on the rest of the world economy? For example, one cause for concern is the simplicity of laundering the currency. ...
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Scholarly papers on Cryptocurrencies/Electronic Money

Does anyone know of any peer-reviewed papers on the topic of Cryptocurrency or Electronic Money and its acceptance and practice in the financial market? Thanks!
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Financial Smart Contract on Ethereum: can an Ether Futures contract be priced in Ether?

BACKGROUND This is more in the wheel-house of economics than programming, but after a few different titles, I thought it best not to skirt around the root of my question OR create a oddly phrased USD ...
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Why is deflation not considered the opposite of inflation?

In this article from 2013 on bitcoin, the author casually states the importance of knowing that "deflation is not the opposite of inflation", without expanding or elaborating. I'm sure that there are ...
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Can a currency with constraints on the amount a person can posses boost the economy?

So there was the following proposition: Create a currency with the following contraints: Each person may only own x amount of this currency. Gaining more of this currency is not allowed. Using a ...
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Smart contracts in Dollars

In last years I have read a lot about "Smart contracts". But I cannot understand why we need bitcoin for this? The old-fashioned US Dollar are not used in Smart Contracts?
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Does Dogecoin or Bitcoin have a more appropriate rate of monetary inflation?

The supply of new Bitcoins and Dogecoins is depicted in the graph below. The Bitcoin inflation rate is currently higher than the Dogecoin rate, but it reduces sharply to a rate close to zero. It ...
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What determines the exchange rate of two fiat currencies if the supply of each is known?

In this blog post, economist Steve Landsburg posed a question about the value of Bitcoin which he didn't know the answer to. Imagine a future in which Bitcoins (or some other non-governmental ...
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what alternatives can possibly back a new currency

A currency can be backed by a trusted issuing authority, by a scarce resource or by the scarcity of its money base (eg bitcoin). Are there any other known working alternatives.
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What benefits does Bitcoin (i.e. cryptocurrency) offer?

I really, really like moderate inflation. I live in Sweden where the interest rates just went negative because we are on the brink of deflation, and the rate of inflation we have now is far too low. ...
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Friedman k% applied to cryptocurrency

Follow on to this question: Would a cryptocurrency with a base that expanded at a fix rate face fewer difficulties than one with a stagnant base? Edit: I'm referring specifically to the issues ...
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From an economics perspective, what are the ramifications of a currency with fixed money supply?

I'm thinking specifically of bitcoins. What are the pros and cons of having a fixed number of coins, as opposed to more "normal" currencies? Would the currency have no inflation?