Bitcoin buster? The search for a more stable cryptocurrency
From the BBC:
There are now more than 1,500 cryptos – Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin to name just a few – being traded on about 190 exchanges around the world.
Prices have soared and crashed alarmingly. In 2017 the price of a bitcoin rocketed to nearly £15,000 before losing two-thirds of its value in just a few months. It’s currently worth about £5,000.
This volatility may be a speculative trader’s friend, but it has reinforced cryptos’ reputation for being high-risk investments for the adrenalin-fuelled “get rich quick” brigade.
Crypto fundraising schemes, known as Initial Coin Offerings, have alarmed regulators around the world.
So a growing number of crypto start-ups are developing alternatives known as stablecoins, digital tokens pegged to traditional fiat currencies such as the US dollar, British pound or Japanese yen, with the aim of reducing this volatility and increasing confidence.