“Only a tiny fraction of individuals believe that these are secure means of payment in comparison to fiat currencies, that financial markets cannot be trusted, but that crypto can be trusted. So, in general, I’d say there aren’t any large-scale use cases at the moment; there are, however, niche use cases “Raghuram Rajan, former governor of the Reserve Bank of India and professor of finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, agrees.
The Fuss Around Crypto
Cryptocurrencies are available in a variety of flavours. There are several types of cryptocurrency, including standard cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, stable coins such as Tether, and so on. Some of these are now being utilised as payment methods. Payments that are often made in the cryptocurrency industry to purchase crypto assets, or in the past whenever a lot greater was used for illicit payments & some of it is now being used for cross-border hawala—basically to avoid capital controls. Of course, in certain nations with a bad currency that is rapidly depreciating, we are witnessing the adequate alternative of the native currency by a virtual currency. This is not because the government desire it, but because private individuals prefer trading in cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, to dealing in fiat money. As a result, there are several applications for that type of item.
Is there now a crypto that is extensively utilised in society by people? No, not yet. And, in my opinion, by the time that happens, central banks will still have worked out what a fair decentralised digital currency should look like, and they will desire that to be the primary mode of exchange. As a result, every cryptocurrency must consider the prospect of central bank intervention. While much of the crypto mythology is around central banks debasing fiat currency and thus making this the final safe haven, we also witness the value of these cryptos fluctuate. It’s not as if their values are constant. Bitcoin has gone up by 20% and down by 20%, with significant swings occurring on the very same day. So, in comparison to fiat currencies, the belief that these are reliable forms of payment, that financial institutions cannot be trusted and that crypto can be respected belong to a small subset of people. So, in general, there are no large-scale use cases at the moment; there are specialized use cases.
What are people betting on now? They are banking on one cryptocurrency becoming the dominating force; this may be the case, but it will need new applications rather than traditional payments. In India, UPI is wonderful. Why would you want to use something other than UPI? So, where does crypto come into play? It comes in two flavours: one is micro transactions, which are too expensive to perform every single moment but can be done with digital currencies since everything is automated; this is one option. But that isn’t the case right now. Smart contracts are the second option. I have to provide a security and receive payment in the securities company. It can be done without the involvement of a third party using a smart contract. As a result, smart contracts may be used in many cross-border transactions where a third party is not desired. So they can be employed in some situations, but we haven’t seen much of it yet. Will there be a killer software, a killer cryptocurrency? Maybe, but which of the 6,000 crypto assets is it going to be?
The point I’m attempting to make is that digital currencies are not the safest investment for someone with low finances. You might lose all of your income if you buy in the incorrect crypto, or if cryptos be less of a trend than they are now since there is no significant use case. I don’t have strong feelings about it. I’d want to see further research. I’m concerned that we’re becoming more associated with overseas markets than with local events, and that if one is a large portion of the index, that connection might rise. So, unless we have a pressing need for foreign finance, I believe we should attempt to reduce our budget deficit to a minimum, and if we do, it should come from long-term money FDI. Overseas money in our unicorns does not appeal to me. We should invest more national risk capital in them, but I believe that those are safer options than relying on bond flows.