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 Yao is Vice President within Banking & Finance in New York, specializing in the Quantitative and Risk management sector.

Bryant came to GQR as an experienced specialist and has worked with top sell-side and buy-side firms to execute searches ranging from Chief Risk Officers to Quantitative Analysts. Several of the world’s largest Hedge Funds and Investment Managers depend on Bryant for risk and quant recruiting support and consider him a go-to search partner, particularly at the senior level.

Bryant has a proven track record working with top-tier asset managers and hedge funds on hirings across Risk Management and Quantitative Finance.

Prior to his recruitment career, Bryant was a risk analytics analyst at one of the world’s largest investment firms where he advised clients of their daily risk exposure. His industry knowledge makes him a true expert in his field and enables him to consult clients on how to build out and structure teams in risk as well as the best approach for attracting top talent.

Bryant is a graduate of Cornell University and enjoys playing poker and golf. He is also a leading advisor to the PRMIA C-Suite committee.

When Bryant came to America, he decided to name himself Bryant in honor of his favorite basketball player, Kobe Bryant.

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