Prospects of digital currencies in 2019

Some experts said that after a hot development period, the digital money market will have a reorganization and elimination of inappropriate currencies in the coming time.

Market is not quiet

The digital money market in general and Bitcoin in particular had 1 year of unfavorable transactions. The value of Bitcoin has fallen from the peak of nearly $ 20,000 / BTC in early 2018 transactions to $3,500 in the last trading session of 2018. Thus, within nearly a year, Bitcoin lost nearly 80% of the value.
Similarly, many other digital currencies also have strong corrections. The second popular Ether – electronic currency after Bitcoin also dropped from $1,432 / Ether in January 2018 to about $150 / Ether at the moment.

Besides, 2018 also witnessed the failure of Bitcoin Cash. Contrary to the expectation of outstanding growth in early 2018 with the ability to replace the Bitcoin, this digital currency also experienced a sharp decline in the last months of 2018.

The prospects

Judging by the prospects of digital currencies in 2019, many experts think this may be a year of growth again. However, the Bitcoin currency may continue to lose against other currencies. The recent lackluster development of Bitcoin and the lack of technical support in general will lead to the collapse of this currency. As technology companies invest in Blockchain technology and spend the time and energy needed to nurture new digital currencies, some experts believe that Bitcoin will not be able to grow in keeping with the growth of other digital currencies.
According to Samuel Leach, virtual money expert and founder of Yield Coin, Bitcoin may not be able to follow the upward trend of cryptocurrency in 2019, even when some countries recognize the value of money. The main reason lies in investors’ apprehension before the strong fluctuation of this currency in recent years.

The most likely possibility for Bitcoin is that the currency will continue to receive recognition from a number of portfolio swaps (ETFs) and futures markets. Bitcoin will remain a highly speculative trading instrument for some, but will not become a popular means of trading and storing value, Leach added.

Meanwhile, compared to Bitcoin, other currencies appear to be ripple, often with a team of solid engineers standing behind to support constantly, help develop and ensure the stability of currencies in the future.

In addition, in that context, stable currencies (stablecoin) that are designed to counter strong volatility and unstable prices in the electronic money market will quickly rise to dominate market share. Previously, Bitcoin failed to become a stablecoin due to unpredictable fluctuations and strong price fluctuations in a short period of time. The value of bitcoin fluctuates according to the speculation trend and the purpose that traders are willing to buy and sell.

Cryptocurrency 10 years after Bitcoin

Cryptocurrency 10 years after Bitcoin

Cryptocurrency 10 years after BitcoinThe value of money is controlled by the Central Bank, you can physically see it and hold it and you can exchange it for services and commodities. Even though you can also send and receive it digitally, the fact remains that it is physical currency. Bitcoin, originally meant to be a peer-to-peer electronic cash system to prevent double spending, and not currency per say, was launched in late 2008, early 2009, by its inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, though not his real name. Bitcoin is not controlled by any entity or server, it does not have a physical form so you cannot hold it or see it, but it can be exchanged for goods and services digitally. It is digital currency and it is the world’s first form of cryptocurrency.

The turn of the 21st century brought the new age of digitalizing every aspect you can think of, seeking new ways to become untraceable. Cryptocurrency created just that. An anonymous way to transact business, virtually untraceable in most cases due to its uncrackable code, and secure enough that it may be the new future for money. The blockchain technology used for cryptocurrency transactions is basically a digital ledger which cannot be hacked, has no single point of failure and it is completely transparent. The question is, how is blockchain so secure in a world where hacking is becoming an increasingly popular career choice for most, bringing down entire economies at times?

Blockchain technology uses cryptography keys which creates your digital signature in the form of a private key that identifies with you, allowing you to digitally sign and authorize transactions, as well as a public key which does not give away your identity, only pointing the person you are conducting the transaction with to the address of your wallet where your cryptocurrency is stored, to be used for completing the transaction. Of course, if anyone has access to both your keys, then they can access all your digital assets, so private keys are meant to be kept safely.  Once a transaction is completed, it is added to the digital ledger of the blockchain and includes a digital signature, a public key, a unique ID and a timestamp. The public key is always random and it changes each time you do a transaction, making your identity virtually untraceable.

Transacting currency digitally is becoming progressively popular where persons now pay bills directly from their bank accounts, purchase commodities and transfer funds, all in the digital realm. With cryptocurrency, there is no middle man, that is, the banks. You are responsible for your own assets and you transact business with the person directly, albeit, without knowing who exactly you are transacting with. Nevertheless, blockchain technology would reduce costs and boost efficiency dramatically, and may even be the answer to reducing global poverty. All transactions are recorded and cannot be duplicated or changed since it is broadcasted to every node, thus lowering the rate of cyber-fraud and hacking. A cashless society is emerging and it all started from the Bitcoin invention a decade ago.