Don’t Miss the REAL GROWTH STORY: Stablecoins are KEY to Crypto Adoption!
The great thing about reading the financial news every day is that sometimes you can actually see the future as it’s unfolding. For instance, most of Facebook’s 2.38 billion users don’t yet know about the Libra coin, but they’ll know about it soon enough – and many of them will be using Libra, but they don’t know it yet.
That doesn’t mean that I’m loading the boat on Facebook stock right now; it’s perfectly fine if you want to buy FB shares and hold them for the long-term, but I personally don’t see Facebook as trading at an attractive valuation right now, and I prefer to only buy stocks that I see as being temporarily undervalued.
The financial media is buzzing about the Libra project now and they’re absolutely right to do that, but they’re missing the most important part of the story: Libra isn’t Bitcoin. It’s a stablecoin, meaning that it’s backed by a reserve of real-world assets. In the specific case of Libra, it will be backed by bank deposits and short-term government securities.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m still bullish on Bitcoin. After all, it’s the mothership of all cryptocurrencies and as the world moves towards a cashless and borderless payment system, I envision Bitcoin as a driving force in the new inflation-resistant monetary paradigm.
But that could take a while, and right now it’s all about pushing for crypto adoption – and stablecoins like Libra will play a substantial role in retail and institutional cryptocurrency adoption. Because (as the name implies) stablecoins are more stable and less prone to volatility and wild price swings, they’ll be instrumental in the mainstreaming of cryptocurrency.
News Coverage of Stablecoins. Courtesy: CB Insights
Some analysts have even said that stablecoins could be more useful than Bitcoin for paying for goods and services or transferring money across national borders. This could be the case, as many stablecoins are backed on a one-to-one basis by mainstream assets like the U.S. dollar, potentially making them more universally accepted.
As the data implies, stablecoins have actually experienced faster growth than Bitcoin in the past year or two. According to research firm Chainalysis, the global trading volume in stablecoins surged from $12.5 billion in 2017 to around $82 billion 2018. Of course, next year’s launch of the Libra coin will increase those numbers exponentially.
This leaves little doubt that more and more companies will follow Facebook’s lead in launching their own stablecoins as a simple, stabilized, scalable, and secure vehicle for moving money and making transactions. And let’s face it: not all businesses are prepared to accept a currency like Bitcoin, which could lose or gain 10% or more in a single day.
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For large companies to create their own stablecoins, they need experts to help them build out a blockchain, create the tokens, and work with the complex maze of laws and regulations surrounding cryptocurrency. I’m only aware of one publicly-traded company, ICOx Innovations Inc. (TSX.V: ICOX, OTCQB: ICOX), that performs all of these vital functions.
ICOx already has an impressive track record of empowering large companies to create their own proprietary, branded digital assets. Their roster of clients includes KODAKOne, cryptocurrency payment platform BitRail, the huge firearm dealer GunBroker.com, and the faith-based financial transaction solution provider Cathio.
In a very recent development, ICOx subsidiary Cathio entered into an agreement with Kambista, the first FinTech currency exchange platform in Peru. Kambista is famous in Peru for providing the citizens and businesses with a chance to exchange U.S. Dollars to Peruvian Soles at a competitive rate through online transactions.
In Peru, where more than 80% of the population is Catholic, acquiring a deal with Kambista is a major coup for Cathio and ICOx, as well as for the citizens of Peru, where people earn their income in Peruvian Soles but require U.S. Dollars to transact on items like mortgages, the purchase of cars, travel, and even for savings.
Under the terms of the proposed agreement, Cathio (assisted and guided by ICOx) will build and test a remittance platform with Kambista whereby individuals and organizations will be able to quickly and easily transfer funds from the U.S. to foreign countries. This will be life-changing for Peruvian people and businesses and could be the beginning of a much larger transformation throughout Latin America.
As you can see, ICOx is at the core of the next wave of cryptocurrency and stablecoin adoption. The hope of a better financial ecosystem lies in the promise of greater stability, access, and transparency – and right now, ICOx is delivering on that promise.
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