Cryptocurrency Pros and Cons

Cryptocurrency Pros and Cons

By Bryant Yao | November 1, 2017

Alternative spending solutions are becoming more prevalent today, giving consumers additional avenues to spend their hard-earned cash.

As faults in economic systems become apparent – as in the case of the massive Equifax data breach – consumers begin looking for alternative sources to safely spend their money.

Some are considering avenues like bitcoin and Litecoin as a solution, cutting out the middleman (i.e. banks and government).

How does the exchange work? Take a look at the image below, provided by BlockGeeks.com, followed by some of our pros and cons.

Pros

Each bitcoin has a unique, detailed history, making it nearly impossible to fake or replicate. This story is generated through the blockchain ledger that follows each and every digital currency throughout its entire existence.

Cryptocurrency has more measures in effect to protect the user from identity theft, as provided by each unit’s blockchain.

Payment fraud is unlikely with the use of cryptocurrency payments.

Direct transfers result in an immediate, indisputable settlement that cannot be altered by the sender.

Typically, there are no transaction fees for cryptocurrency exchanges, as each bitcoin miner is compensated through the network with newly issued bitcoins.

Cons

Cryptocurrency could become illegal due to its former use in purchasing illegal items and lack of formal regulation.

There is no way to protect your digital currency from fiduciary fraud or if you forget your password, have a computer glitch.

Digital currency can be easily stolen if not kept secure, as in the case of a Bloomberg anchor who flashed a Bitcoin bill on TV long enough for a viewer to steal it.

There is only a finite number of bitcoins that can be created, capping out at 21 million.

Bitcoin has shown to be 5 times as volatile as gold and more than eight times as volatile as the S&P 500 over the last three years.

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About the Author
Bryant Yao

Bryant is Vice President within Banking & Finance in New York, specializing in the quantitative risk management sector.

Cultivating key relationships with elite financial institutions, Bryant is considered a go-to search partner for risk and quant recruiting support by several of the world’s top hedge funds.

Bryant has years of experience advising clients on daily exposure, drawing upon his skills as a risk analytics consultant for one of the world’s largest investment firms. This unique experience drove him to become a true expert in his field and enabled him to consult clients on attracting top talent and growing structured risk teams.

A Cornell University graduate, Bryant enjoys playing poker and is a leading adviser to the PRMIA C-suite committee.

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