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  • El Salvador’s Bitcoin experiment is not as disruptive as it may seem at first sight Jun 25, 2021 08:45 AM IST

    El Salvador’s Bitcoin experiment is not as disruptive as it may seem at first sight

    The crucial question is the implication of the simultaneous circulation of two ‘assets’ – the dollar and Bitcoin – as a medium of exchange and as legal tender.  Monetary history is actually replete with such situations 

  • Tesla, El Salvador and CBDCs: Has Bitcoin’s moment of truth come? Jun 17, 2021 03:24 PM IST

    Tesla, El Salvador and CBDCs: Has Bitcoin’s moment of truth come?

    Tesla’s refusal to accept Bitcoin could not have come at a worse time. The cryptocurrency is beleaguered on multiple fronts, with fresh questions over its long term viability 

  • Implications of El Salvador’s tryst with Bitcoin Jun 14, 2021 11:42 AM IST

    Implications of El Salvador’s tryst with Bitcoin

    There is no doubt that El Salvador and its President Nayib Bukele have created a stir in the world of money. With El Salvador entering the Bitcoin field, will we see other economies joining the fray?

  • India cannot afford to miss the cryptocurrency bus Jun 10, 2021 04:35 PM IST

    India cannot afford to miss the cryptocurrency bus

    Future innovations in the cryptocurrency/blockchain space can come from India, and with the right set of regulations it can also be a new avenue for job-creation and economic growth 

  • Central Bank Digital Currencies have a role to play in commercial banking, and how! Jun 02, 2021 08:52 AM IST

    Central Bank Digital Currencies have a role to play in commercial banking, and how!

    Governments and central banks may work symbiotically with commercial banks to challenge large tech, e-commerce and fintech companies as well as cryptocurrencies from dominating the payments settlement space 

  • Cryptocurrencies will democratise finance the way Internet did for information Jun 01, 2021 10:50 AM IST

    Cryptocurrencies will democratise finance the way Internet did for information

    Positive regulation is going to tremendously help the adoption of this digital asset. With regulation, and adoption, the cryptocurrency market will become mature and mainstreamed 

  • Government must regulate and instil trust in crypto asset market May 28, 2021 01:03 PM IST

    Government must regulate and instil trust in crypto asset market

    The crypto asset market in India is worth $15 billion, and currently has about 6 million users 

  • Central bank digital currency has its uses, but can it replace cryptocurrency? May 27, 2021 09:44 AM IST

    Central bank digital currency has its uses, but can it replace cryptocurrency?

    CBDCs can provide an alternative to digital wallets and cryptocurrencies, but there are trade-offs to be considered 

  • Can cryptocurrencies unseat modern money? May 26, 2021 10:29 AM IST

    Can cryptocurrencies unseat modern money?

    The growing utilization of cryptocurrencies has led to fears that they may replace modern money as legal tender 

  • High volatility in crypto currencies sends investors fleeing to gold and silver  May 26, 2021 09:22 AM IST

    High volatility in crypto currencies sends investors fleeing to gold and silver 

    Gold is touching a four-month high at a time when cryptocurrencies have fallen by nearly 53 percent from their all-time high 

  • An urgent need for India to enable cryptocurrency regulation May 24, 2021 08:18 AM IST

    An urgent need for India to enable cryptocurrency regulation

    With the right checks and balances, combined with the fast-growing Indian consumer Internet economy, India can become a home to blockchain innovations that could drive India faster towards becoming a $10 trillion economy 

  • Is the carnage in cryptocurrency over or is it just a start? May 21, 2021 11:38 AM IST

    Is the carnage in cryptocurrency over or is it just a start?

    Cryptocurrencies in their current form cannot be considered as a store of wealth. The current price behaviour also negates the argument of their being a hedge against the market.

  • Bitcoin’s growing energy problem: ‘It’s a dirty currency’ May 20, 2021 01:13 PM IST

    Bitcoin’s growing energy problem: ‘It’s a dirty currency’

    Climate activists are agitated that fossil fuels will be burnt to mine crypto, and are pushing regulators to clamp down on this

  • As scrutiny of cryptocurrency grows, the industry turns to K Street May 10, 2021 07:20 PM IST

    As scrutiny of cryptocurrency grows, the industry turns to K Street

    Ripple is just one of a long list of cryptocurrency companies scrambling for influence in Washington

  • Turkey’s cryptocurrency crisis may have a silver lining Apr 28, 2021 09:42 AM IST

    Turkey’s cryptocurrency crisis may have a silver lining

    The events in Turkey highlight the risk associated with cryptocurrencies that are increasingly being traded globally and are not governed by any authority.

  • Still getting your head around digital currency? So are central bankers Apr 27, 2021 05:19 PM IST

    Still getting your head around digital currency? So are central bankers

    Global central banks are experimenting with digital payment offerings, fuelling concerns that the Fed might fall behind the curve

  • Cryptocurrency a step closer to legitimacy with Coinbase listing Apr 16, 2021 09:28 AM IST

    Cryptocurrency a step closer to legitimacy with Coinbase listing

    The listing of a cryptocurrency exchange brings more legitimacy to the world of digital currencies, but can it handle the transparency that comes with it?

  • Central bankers’ crypto experiments should put investors on alert Mar 26, 2021 11:20 AM IST

    Central bankers’ crypto experiments should put investors on alert

    Banks’ digital currencies could displace the rationale for private sector projects

  • Gold continues to remain structurally weak  Mar 23, 2021 09:17 AM IST

    Gold continues to remain structurally weak 

    A new trend has been observed where investors are now comparing gold investment with digital gold (cryptocurrency) resulting in money being diverted to cryptos 

  • NFTs are the latest get-rich-quick scheme for the ‘cryptosphere’ Mar 18, 2021 11:32 AM IST

    NFTs are the latest get-rich-quick scheme for the ‘cryptosphere’

    The bubble-mania around ‘non-fungible tokens’ will eventually burst

  • History of Money (Part III) | From Bitcoin to central bank digital currency Mar 05, 2021 02:00 PM IST

    History of Money (Part III) | From Bitcoin to central bank digital currency

    The 2008 financial crisis shook that central pillar of the monetary system: trust. Post-2008, economists started to scramble for it, and it was not a coincidence that Satoshi Nakamoto’s Bitcoin article mentions the ‘trust’ 14 times 

  • China charges ahead with a national digital currency Mar 02, 2021 03:48 PM IST

    China charges ahead with a national digital currency

    China’s central bank, which started testing eCNY last year in four cities, recently expanded those trials to bigger cities such as Beijing and Shanghai

  • Is banning cryptocurrencies the right step? Feb 26, 2021 09:47 AM IST

    Is banning cryptocurrencies the right step?

    Cryptocurrencies are a more liquid store of wealth than art, real estate, or precious stones. 

  • History of Money (Part I) | From cowries to cryptocurrency Feb 24, 2021 02:39 PM IST

    History of Money (Part I) | From cowries to cryptocurrency

    The Indian subcontinent had multiple kingdoms issuing multiple forms of coinage. When the British came to India, they realised that Rupee as a currency name was widely prevalent and stuck to it 

  • Bitcoin’s rise reflects America’s decline Feb 15, 2021 11:30 AM IST

    Bitcoin’s rise reflects America’s decline

    Bitcoin isn’t so much a bubble as “the last functioning fire alarm” warning us of some very big geopolitical changes ahead

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