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    Some regulators are going as far as to make their own cryptocurrencies, is this a viable option?

Can State-Backed Cryptocurrencies Work, Are They the Answer?
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When Russia firstly banned access to cryptocurrency exchanges and then announced that they would be launching a state-backed cryptocurrency called the Crypto Rubel, most were very suspicious and dubious.

But the trend is growing. Venezuela is ahead in the race of these state-backed coins, having launched a pre-sale of the Petro, an oil-pegged cryptocurrency launched by the government.

Now, even the Turkish government is mulling over perhaps building their own state-backed cryptocurrency as a way to maintain regulation and control over the burgeoning Blockchain and crypto space.

However, is this not an oxymoronic term, a state-backed’ and therefore centralized, cryptocurrency. One of the biggest appeals of cryptocurrencies is that they are decentralized and absent from control, but perhaps to fit in, this needs to change?

The issue with decentralization and centralization

Decentralization, when Bitcoin was still being discussed on cryptography forums with hushed anarchistic and liberal tones, was the shining light of possibility for the cryptocurrency. Financial freedom and the power to cut loose from the monopoly that had been built by central banks and governments.

It is also one of the major factors as to why those same banks and governments have feared Bitcoin, knowing that it has the potential to be a true competitor. However, it must be stated, that there is still a long way to go for Bitcoin or any other coin, to make banks and fiat currency obsolete.

However, cryptocurrencies have emerged from the shadows somewhat in recent times, gaining a huge amount of momentum and mainstream appeal. This has lead to regulators being forced to act and to do their job.

Some regulators are going with a hard-line approach, such as China with its blanket bans, others are curious but want it to fit into current legislation, which is problematic as a decentralized platform is hard to control. But overall, most regulators and nations want to encourage cryptocurrencies and especially Blockchain.

State-backed

In light of this keenness to see Blockchain thrive it is understandable why governments believe that a state-backed coin can be the answer. They are happy to see Blockchain thrive, and as such, cryptocurrencies, and also believe that they can regulate to their standards if they are the ones in charge of the new cryptocurrency.

However, it is good in theory but possibly won’t work. Already, the Petro is getting a lot of pushback and criticism, and now, the Russian Crypto Rubel is being touted as a potential non-starter.

The creation of a centralized coin, like the CryptoRuble, seems impossible, as cryptocurrencies are based on decentralized ledgers, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov told President Putin, according to Russian media.  

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Regardless of the need for a balance between the crypto community, which is after decentralization, and the regulators, who need control, the idea of a state-backed coin, a centralized one, is a little too weighted to the regulators.

What is more needed is a positive regulatory body that maintains decentralization, but also holds cryptocurrencies under the legislative blanket of the country

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Darryn Pollock is an award winning  journalist from Durban, South Africa. He picked up Vodacom’s Regional Sports Journalist Award in 2017 while expanding his Blockchain and cryptocurrency reach.  He is a contributor to Forbes, Cointelegraph, Binary District, and of course, U.Today. Darryn’s belief is that Blockchain technology will be the driving force of the next technological wave and it is the obligation of journalists and writers to tell its emerging story with integrity and pride.

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Despite the active expansion of the Ripple ecosystem and signing up over 300 new customers on RippleNet this year, the XRP price remains below $0.3.

At press-time, XRP is declining by 2.85 percent and is exchanging hands at $0.24.

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A win-or-bust XRP forecast

The community has been eager for the price to surge throughout 2019. On Wednesday, U.Today published a story with bullish forecasts regarding the price.

Today, a crypto trader @TheCryptHawk has shared a chart on his Twitter page. It shows a possibility of XRP surging to $0.56 in early December if the fractal depicted on the chart in in play.

If not, the trader says, the price may collapse to $0.17-$0.18 and then – down to $0.12.

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XRP below the $0.25 support

A short while ago, XRP dropped below the $0.25 support level, where the coin had not been in several months. This is happening despite the recent Swell conference, which was expected to push the coin’s price way upward.

The community was expecting a bull run, since last year in November, as many believe, Swell triggered it. As a result, in January 2018 XRP hit its all-time high of over nearly $4.

This year, the loyal XRP community expects a bull run every now and then but all those expectations are in vain so far. This seems strange to many, since Ripple has indeed expanded its network significantly and provided a lot of actual utility cases for XRP.

Optimists are buying on the dip while the price is low (same as many doing when the Bitcoin price drops), hoping to reap their profits later on when XRP skyrockets.

 

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Yuri is a journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future. ‘Hodls’ cryptocurrencies. Has written for several crypto media. Currently is a news writer at U.Today.

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