Bitcoin: The future of finance
Cryptocurrencies are the single most innovative financial development of our time and on the brink of revolutionizing the whole financial system. The potential is incredible, and yet the technology is still a mystery to most people. We want to change that.
Bitcoin is the future
Bitcoins apply wherever the Internet reaches. They turn the net into a global currency union. In addition, Bitcoins move on the Internet as smoothly as a fish in water. This reduces many of the frictions that affect the current monetary system.
What makes Bitcoin so special
Although Bitcoin was the first representative of its kind, there are now a myriad of different crypto currencies.
There are also some copies of Bitcoin itself. What is so special about Bitcoin?
Why is Bitcoin sound money?
Many of its features make Bitcoin a very stable and secure digital currency.
Bitcoin is often described as digital gold and promises its users financial autonomy. You don't need a bank anymore.
Why is Bitcoin so revolutionary?
Bitcoin is a truly international currency which is inflation-resistant, private, autonomous, does not require consent and cannot be censored. There is no central bank devaluing money through inflation, nor any banks or other middle-men conducting the transfer between sender and receiver. Bitcoin transactions are without borders. The user's private key gives full ownership of Bitcoin units, and with a passphrase you can even store it in your head.
What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a virtual currency, also known as a cryptocurrency. It was developed in 2009 and has grown at a rapid rate since then. Bitcoin is accepted in almost every country in the world; more than 500 million dollars have been transferred via this method till today. It gives an unprecedented degree of financial autonomy to its users.
How do I buy Bitcoin?
Generally from digital wallets or currency exchanges. These exist in virtually every country. These facilities will usually confirm the identity of their customers via video-based methods. You can then purchase Bitcoin via bank transfer or in some cases using other payment methods such as credit cards and PayPal for instance. After the purchase, users can store the acquired coins in their Bitcoin Wallet.
Many countries also have platforms for direct trade between private individuals which are quite popular. There are often vending machines from which you can buy Bitcoin. In addition to that you can also purchase credit vouchers in kiosks.
An alternative way to the purchase of Bitcoin is acceptance. For example by using BitBucks! You can accept Bitcoin as payment for goods or services that you provide. In some countries, employees or freelancers may be able to convert part of their salary or fee payments into Bitcoin.
Who can use Bitcoin?
Anyone who has access to the Internet. Everyone is equal with Bitcoin; the network does not require permission. Age, gender, religion, social status, origin - Bitcoin does not recognise these categories.
Where can I make payments with Bitcoin?
In theory, everywhere there is Internet. All you need is a Bitcoin Wallet such as BitBucks. Unlike national currencies, however, there is no obligation to accept Bitcoin as legal tender and so individual merchants may choose to accept it or not. At any rate, there are shops and stores in almost every country in the world that accept payments in Bitcoin, as well as numerous international online providers. Many merchants are also willing to accept BTC on request.
How does bitcoin protect against inflation?
While in Fiat money the central banks can control the money supply, in Bitcoin it is determined by an algorithm. The miners are forced to mine the amount of bitcoins specified in the protocol. The amount of bitcoins in circulation can be checked in the present by anyone and predicted for the future. Currently, there are more than 17.5 million bitcoins, the creation of new coins reduces by half every four years. There will never be more than 21 million bitcoins.
Do you need banks in order to use Bitcoin?
Yes and no. If you want to buy Bitcoin directly from, for example, the stock market, you will need a valid credit card or bank account. Another way to get bitcoin is by using custodial wallets like BitBucks. This is possible because Bitcoin is a monetary protocol for the Internet. You can use Bitcoin in the same way as you access a website. Access is enabled by wallet software, which is available in various models free of charge, or by direct connection to a node.
Who does Bitcoin belong to?
Bitcoin is, in essence, an open-source software. This means that it belongs to no-one and therefore to everyone. No-one can build a fence around Bitcoin - everyone has access.
What is a Bitcoin wallet?
A Bitcoin wallet is software you can use to administer your bitcoins. There are many wallets for all common computer systems. You can choose between local and online wallets. A local wallet gives greater independence and privacy, while an online wallet can offer more convenience.
What is an BTC address?
Bitcoins are sent to addresses. An address is an approximately 35-digit character combination. It has a similar function as the IBAN number for bank transfers: You can transfer money to it by entering it in a field on the transfer form. However, unlike IBAN numbers, your wallet can form an almost infinite number of addresses.
How do I pay with Bitcoin?
It's simple: copy the recipient's address into a field within your Bitcoin Wallet, enter the amount, and click "Send". In most BTC wallets, you can specify the amount in your local currency, so no conversion is required. Payment requests or the payment protocol are often used. They already include the amount and can either be activated by clicking or by copying them into the send field. Mobile wallets are able to scan transaction requests, so you only have to confirm the transaction. Bitcoin Wallets such as BitBucks even allow you pay with BTC by scanning the recipients QR-Code.
What is the lightning network?
The lightning network is a so-called “offchain” network. It does not transport Bitcoins to the blockchain, but operates through “payment channels”. These increase the privacy of transactions and the scalability of the system, but so far they still offer users reduced convenience and security.
An alternative to the lightning network is a fiduciary wallet such as BitBucks, which carries out transactions for users within its own system. This is less autonomous, like lightning, however results in the same effect in terms of scalability and can be better integrated into a convenient user interface.
What are “coins”?
In Bitcoin terminology, Bitcoin are not saved to addresses but as UTXO or “unspent output”. UTXO is commonly known as “coin” as it represents just this: coinage to the specified value of Bitcoin. Such coins can only be spent as a whole. If they are larger than the sum to be sent, then the remaining amount comes back into your wallet as change.
Why choose Bitcoin over other virtual currencies?
There are 1,000 virtual currencies, and none of these offer any significant advantages over Bitcoin. Bitcoin is the face of the financial revolution, the brand name of virtual currencies, the best-known and most widely accepted of them all. Why, then, would anyone want to start from scratch with another currency?
What is the difference between Bitcoin and PayPal?
PayPal is a closed system. The money that is moved via PayPal remains in that system, and can only be accessed through PayPal software. Bitcoin, on the other hand, is an open system. The user can transfer money directly, without a middle-man. At the same time this means that there is a market for middle-mens, who can provide users with an interface for Bitcoin and, with a wallet like BitBucks, payments are cheaper and more convenient.
What are transaction fees?
A Bitcoin transaction attracts a fee which is paid to the miner. Under normal circumstances fees amount between one and five cents. However during peak times these may increase noticeably to values of 50 cents or even one euro. If you pay too little in fees, you will have to wait longer for confirmation of your transaction. Most wallets select the appropriate fees. Wallets like BitBucks, in which transactions can also be internally calculated, can save you fees and accelerate confirmation of your transactions.
Isn't the Bitcoin price too volatile and therefore a risk for me as a merchant?
If you sell your Bitcoin on the same day at the end-of-day price, the volatility of the Bitcoin price hardly plays a role for you as a merchant. In addition, due to the pending halving and the deflationary character of Bitcoin, the price is expected to stabilize over time anyway.