Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology is one of the major advancements witnessed in recent times. Digital currency is almost taking the place of physical money due to its advantages.
Today, the crypto market is worth over a trillion US dollars. Crypto has gained mass adoption while its popularity has increased despite its ups and downs. The number one cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, has become a legal tender in El Salvador (2021) and the Central African Republic (2022). The volume of Cryptocurrency holders continues to grow because, unlike fiat cash, it’s accessible to everyone. Taking Bitcoin as an example, you can easily buy bitcoin with gift cards.
Although Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies have enjoyed huge success, many still don’t know about cryptocurrency.
In this post, we’ll learn about cryptocurrencies and their real use cases. Those who have been in the dark will see the opportunities that abound in cryptocurrency.
What is Cryptocurrency?
Cryptocurrency is a digitally encrypted, decentralized currency that is not linked to or regulated by any government or central bank.
It is based on blockchain technology, which is a distributed ledger framework. Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency created which has led to the creation of others alike known as altcoins. It was created by an individual with the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto as a solution to the global financial crisis of 2008.
Cryptos are categorized as virtual or digital currencies. They were originally developed to provide an alternative mode of payment for online transactions.
Cryptocurrencies are highly volatile which makes it very risky to invest. This is one of the reasons many nations of the world are yet to adopt it.
5 Use Cases of Cryptocurrency
Here are the major reasons many people today own cryptocurrency. If your question has been about what you can do with cryptocurrency, then you need to read this.
- Low-Cost Money Transfers
One of the biggest advantages of bitcoin is that, compared to other electronic payment systems, it has a very low transaction cost. Bitcoin’s transaction fee is not nearly as costly as the fees on money transfers brokered by banks, credit cards, and commercial software.
Bitcoin is used by immigrants to send money home to their loved ones at a low cost. This is one of the main reasons countries like El Salvador & the Central African Republic turned to Bitcoin for their citizens. BTC allows immigrants to send cheap, practically-instant remissions.
- An Alternative Store of Wealth
Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin can be used as a store of wealth just like your physical money. Cryptocurrencies are stored in wallets that cannot be accessed by anyone else.
While your bank accounts and assets could be frozen, that cannot be said of crypto in your wallet because only the individual with the private keys to the digital wallet can have access to it.
You can buy crypto assets to hold for a short or long-term basis. If you decide to trade your crypto asset then you’ll need a place that meets your requirement.
Prestmit is one of the best digital exchange platform to trade cryptocurrency
- Make Private Transactions
Many prefer to make transactions today with cryptocurrency as it cannot be traced by anyone. Cryptocurrency enables users to make anonymous financial transactions.
That means individuals can make money transfers without having to explain to a bank why they are sending a large sum of money, what the sources of the funds are, and to whom they are sending it, which can delay the transaction and involve unnecessary bureaucratic processes.
- Travel the World & Beyond
Cryptocurrency has grown since it was officially launched in 2009. Digital currencies are accepted as payment for travel. Top travel agents accept Bitcoin as a payment method to book flights, car rentals, and hotels.
The growth of the bitcoin ATM market also means travellers are now able to convert their cryptocurrency into local currency in most major cities around the world. If you’re not the type that doesn’t want to move around with physical money, then this should be a good option for you.
Crypto assets such as BTC, DOGE, ETH, and so on are available all over the world. You can sell Bitcoin in Nigeria and other top crypto assets on your visit. This is how far crypto has really grown.
- Payment of Goods & Services
Bitcoin and other crypto assets like dogecoin are being used for payment of goods and services both online and physically. Tesla, NBA’s Mavericks, and many other companies now accept dogecoin for goods & services.
With bitcoin, you can buy luxurious cars like Lamborghini while Elon Musk’s Tesla will soon accept BTC for its electric-driven rides. You can also buy a range of other luxury goods such as art, fine wines, and real estate with cryptocurrency.
You’ll need to get the latest bitcoin news in Nigeria if you really want to make use of cryptocurrency. Crypto traders whether beginners or veterans need to be updated so as not to miss out on these enormous opportunities.
Cryptocurrency has several real-world use cases that make it one to own by many people in the world today. Its real-world use cases are also the reason it is seen as the future of money.
Cryptocurrency investment is the riskiest form of investment. If you must invest in it, make sure you put what you can afford to lose as return on investment is not guaranteed. Also, note that this article is not for financial advice but for educational purposes.
South Korea Pledges Mpox Vaccine Supplies
By Kestér Kenn Klomegâh
Sadly, African health authorities for several months have pursued vaccines for curing mpox and its further spread mostly in vain as worldwide outbreaks were reported during this year. But there is some light at the end of the tunnel as some considerable assistance might come from the Republic of South Korea.
The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said some few thousand doses being the first consignment of mpox vaccines as a donation, would arrive shortly and be used for health workers and people living with the disease in the hardest-hit areas in Africa.
The continent this year has recorded 202 deaths from mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, with a fatality rate of 19.3% across 13 countries. African health authorities for months have made feverish efforts in search for curbing the disease’s spread.
According to the Acting CDC director, Ahmed Ogwell, more than 50 new mpox cases in Congo were recorded this month and said Ghana and Nigeria are the other most affected countries. A surge in mpox infections was particularly reported last May outside West and Central Africa.
“Let us get vaccines onto the continent,” CDC Acting Head, Ahmed Ogwell, said in a weekly media briefing pointing to another instance of 1.3 billion people on the continent without access to a vaccine, as in the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The solutions need to be global in nature. If we’re not safe, the rest of the world is not safe,” he warned.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has, however, warned against discrimination. “A failure to act will have grave consequences for global health,” Lawrence Gostin, Director of the WHO Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law, said on Twitter.
Health officials have emphasized that mpox can infect anyone in close contact with a patient or their contaminated clothing or bedsheets. Researchers are still exploring to establish how it spreads but believe it’s mainly through close, skin-to-skin contact and through contact with bedding and clothing that touched an infected person’s rash or body fluids.
It generally causes mild to moderate symptoms, including fever, fatigue and painful skin lesions that resolve within a few weeks.
Reports, however, said that the mpox had been established in parts of Central and West Africa for decades; it was not known to spark large outbreaks beyond the continent or to spread widely among people until May when authorities detected dozens of epidemics in Europe, North America and elsewhere.
In Africa, mpox mainly spreads to people by infected wild animals like rodents in limited outbreaks that typically have not crossed borders. In Europe, North America and elsewhere, the mpox is spreading among people with no links to animals or recent travel to Africa. In the U.S. and Europe, the vast majority of infections occur among men who have sex with men, though health officials have stressed that anyone can contract the virus.
Access Holdings Merges Sigma, FGPL for Formidable PFA Business
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
To create a formidable pension funds administration (PFA) business in Nigeria, Access Holdings Plc has merged its subsidiary, First Guarantee Pension Limited (FGPL), with Sigma Pensions Limited.
The marriage between the two PFAs was made possible after Access Holdings acquired an indirect equity stake in Sigma.
Recall that in October, the company announced that it was buying a stake in Sigma to revolutionise the PFA sector.
On Thursday, a court approved the merger between the firm and FGPL, giving room for the organisations to become one and offer innovative products to customers.
A notice signed by the group company secretary of Access Holdings, Mr Sunday Ekwochi, confirmed the development.
“Sequel to our announcement on October 25, 2022, Access Holdings Plc, trading as Access Corporation, today announces the completion of its acquisition of an indirect equity stake in Sigma and the merger of its subsidiary, FGPL, with Sigma.
“Following the sanction of the scheme of merger between Sigma and FGPL by the Federal High Court on December 1, 2022, FGPL has been dissolved without winding up, leaving Sigma as the surviving entity,” a part of the statement dated Friday, December 2, 2022.
“Following the successful completion of the merger, our plan is to leverage the synergies of these entities, as well as the corporation’s expansive distribution network, strong risk management culture and best-in-class governance standards to create a formidable pension funds administration business,” the group chief executive of Access Holdings, Mr Herbert Wigwe, stated.
FrieslandCampina Buoys Unlisted Securities Market by 1.11%
By Adedapo Adesanya
The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange returned to the positive zone on Friday, December 2, as it appreciated by 1.11 per cent at the close of business.
This was driven by a gain in the stock price of FrieslandCampina Wamco Nigeria Plc. The company appreciated by N5.29 price to close at N66.63 per share versus the previous day’s price of N61.34 per share.
This outweighed the 1 Kobo loss recorded by UBN Property Plc during the session as the price of the property investment company went down to 91 Kobo per unit from the preceding session’s 92 Kobo.
When the market closed for the day, the total value of the unlisted securities market increased by N10.27 billion to N933.71 billion from N923.44 billion.
In the same vein, the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) stretched by 7.82 basis points to 710.58 basis points from the 702.76 basis points in the previous session.
During the session, there was a surge in the volume of securities by 140,993.7 per cent as investors exchanged 2.2 million units, in contrast to the previous day’s 14,508 units.
Likewise, the value of shares traded at the session ballooned by 1,526.6 per cent to N10.7 million from the N657,534.75 recorded a day earlier, while the number of deals improved by 400 per cent to 20 deals from four deals.
When the market closed for the day, AG Mortgage Bank Plc was the most traded stock by volume (year-to-date) with 2.3 billion units valued at N1.2 billion, Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc occupied second place with 687.8 million units worth N14.3 billion, while Lighthouse Financials Services Plc was in third place with 224.7 million units valued at N112.3 million.
Also, CSCS Plc ended the day as the most traded stock by value (year-to-date) by trading 687.8 million units worth N14.3 billion, VFD Group Plc was in second place with 29.1 billion units valued at N7.7 billion, and FrieslandCampina WAMCO Plc was in third place after selling 16.8 million units worth N1.9 billion.
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