Is it time for state-backed cryptocurrencies?

Love it or hate it but don’t ignore the cryptocurrency because it is here to stay. Bitcoin, the most famous of the cryptos is an electronic peer-to-peer cash system which has been around for almost a decade but has gained more prominence in the rest of the world only during its tumultuous ride last year. Finally, the traditional financial institutions and governments have woken up to the immense possibilities the cryptos and the underlying technology have. Switzerland is one country that is excited about the cryptocurrencies and why shouldn’t it be, it is known as the Crypto Valley because it is home to some of the most popular blockchain enterprises like the Ethereum Alliance.  The Swiss government is ready to explore the possibilities of launching a “state-backed” cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrencies are safe and do away with the middleman usually involved in all monetary transactions besides cash. Their decentralized nature and the lack of regulations means that any State that wishes to launch its own cryptocurrency has to overcome several legal, economic and financial challenges before it becomes a reality and a viable option.

But everyone in this land of exquisite beauty is not convinced with the need for a state-backed cryptocurrency. The Swiss Central Bank differs in its opinion on cryptocurrencies. It states that there is no proof that digital currency will ensure an efficient cashless payment system. The bank further says that there would be no significant advantage by turning the crypto way, on the contrary, it will harm the financial stability of the nation and would pave way for several unforeseen problems especially in the times of a crisis.

There are other examples of countries that wish to release their own digital coins and some which have already launched their state-backed cryptocurrency. For example, Venezuela released its first digital currency Petro but it has come under scrutiny for use in less than honorable ways. Russia is another country exploring the possibilities of launching its own cryptocurrency with some specific conditions.

What makes national cryptocurrency an exciting possibility is that they will be more stable as they will have the backing of the fiat currency and hence will be free from the volatility plaguing cryptocurrencies. But Central Banks must consider all the repercussions and side effect of a state-backed digital currency before issuing it.

If all this talk of cryptos has you excited you can get your own by downloading the Ethereum Code. Find out more before you invest in any software.