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Bitcoins and benjamins: Which is the real currency? David McBee/Pexels

What is the real value of a bitcoin?

One of the hot questions regarding the bitcoin since the first ones were created in 2009 is its real value. We will try as well to answer to this question using two concepts in economics and finance.
Sweden is studying the possibility of an “e-krona”, an electronic form of the country’s currency. Shutterstock

Central-bank digital currencies: toward a cashless society?

With countries such as China and Sweden are studying plans to create a new form of money – a central-bank digital currency. CBDCs risk revolutionizing both the way money is created and distributed.
People queuing to withdraw cash at an ATM. Demonetisation in India has not met its target and actually reinforced informal networks. Santosh Kumar

The shock of Indian demonetisation: a failed attempt to formalise the economy

Instead of a clear movement toward more formalised economic transactions, demonetisation in India has reinforced the informal economy.
Voice authentication technology could be used to increase blockchain security. Merrill College of Journalism/flickr

The blockchain could have better security than the banks

Providing security in the blockchain would convert into a degree of predictability in the technology. If this was shown to work in the long term, it would also create trust.
The change in the price of crypto-currencies, like Bitcoin, and other crypto-assets are due to investors realising the value. Chris Helgren/Reuters

Price hikes in Ether and Bitcoin aren’t the signs of a bubble

While the current speculation in crypto-currency and assets should make us pause, this is not a speculative driven bubble like tulips, or gold mining stocks.
The rand’s current weakness can be attributed to a myriad of structural problems facing South Africa’s economy. Reuters

Explainer: how currency markets work and why the South African rand is falling

Like any commodity, the value of the rand is determined by the market forces of supply and demand. Its weakening is also affected by a myriad of structural problems facing the South African economy.

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