The Internal Revenue Service has begun sending letters to more than 10,000 cryptocurrency holders, warning they may have broken federal tax laws.
The result might be a modern version of the type of price volatility that private currencies caused in the US back in the 1830s. Bullard predicts that today’s consumers and businesses won’t like exchange-rate chaos any more today than people did then. He says that system’s unpopularity factored into the government’s decision a few decades later to replace it with a national banking system. Out of that chaos, the dollar was able to rule.
MIT’s Alex Lipton says there is a key design problem with Libra in that it would be issued in a non-immunized fashion against financial paper. Libra will need to buy high-grade paper to back the coin, so the owner of the paper will receive money from Libra (which it collected from consumers in return for Libra) and this money will start to circulate in the system. As such, there would be twice as much money in the system, with all the negative consequences.
Sound familiar? “We propose a practical mechanism combining novel technological breakthroughs with well-established hedging techniques for building an asset-backed transactional oriented cryptocurrency, which we call the digital trade coin (DTC). We show that in its mature state, the DTC can serve as a much-needed counterpoint to fiat reserve currencies of today.”
“Our solution boils down to assembling a pool of assets (contributed by sponsors), appointing an administrator (who provides enforcement of policies in extreme situations), digitizing the ownership rights on this pool, and building a special purpose narrow bank to facilitate activities of the administrator. This solution was published a year ago in both Scientific American and the Royal Society under the name Tradecoin.”
Binance is now offering a block trading option makes it possible to traders to collect more digital assets without the need for an order book, reaching over 10 Bitcoin in value. This is good for traders that want to avoid potential loss, based on the price slippage that happens with large orders being logged.
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