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FSB Claims Cryptocurrencies Do Not Threaten Global Financial System But Calls For Vigilant Monitoring

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FSB Claims Cryptocurrencies Do Not Threaten Global Financial System But Calls For Vigilant Monitoring
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The Financial Stability Board (FSB) claims that digital assets are not going to disrupt the global financial market, according to Reuters. However, it also claims that there is a need to take a harder look at these assets for investor protection.

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Small market capitalization

Despite the fact that digital assets have been on everyone’s lips after the December peak, the scope of the cryptocurrency industry remains rather small compared to other financial markets. As an aftermath of the prolonging bearish trend, the total market capitalization has dwindled to just $217 bln (to put this into perspective, that represents less than three percent of the global value of gold).

Not suitable for payments

The FSB report points out that cryptocurrencies are not suitable to be a mundane payment solution due to their low liquidity and constant price fluctuations. Hence, they lack major attributes of sovereign currencies.

However, as U.Today reported earlier, Bitcoin price volatility has recently reached its lowest level in two years, and that prompted speculations either the flagship currency is becoming boring for investors or the market is simply maturing.


Beyond the disruption of financial stability

In its recent press release, FSB notes that cryptocurrencies do not threaten financial stability. Still, as mentioned above, the rapid growth of this market requires “vigilant monitoring” because of possible risks that include exposure of financial institutions and wider cryptocurrency adoption that would result in using digital assets as a means of payment.

FSB also claims that the rise of digital assets prompts the need for investor protection and ALM regulations. Cryptocurrencies still remain in a legal grey zone, so this market is prone to manipulations. The report also touches upon the issue of funding terrorism, implying that cryptocurrencies perform the role of a facilitator. Meanwhile, one study shows Bitcoin is not popular with extremist groups who still choose cash over crypto.

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It Would Take Several Seconds to Hack Every Cryptocurrency in the Nearest Future


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Blockchain is commonly known as an immutable ledger that is impossible to hack, but there is always a looming threat of quantum computers. HCASH Chief Scientist Dr Joseph Liu, who claims that every single cryptocurrency can be hacked in a matter of seconds, has come up with his own coin that won’t be threatened by quantum hackers.

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The inevitable quantum takeover     

Quantum computers are generally considered to be the Achilles’ heel of Blockchain-based cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin. IBM has already announced its first quantum computer with Google and Intel also working in that direction in 2019.


IOTA, which is powered by DAG dubbed ‘Tangle’, is considered to be the only quantum-proof cryptocurrency on the market, but there could be yet another option – Hypercash that recently presented its post-quantum secure Ring CT protocol.    

‘If you want to use this computer to break the … normal security, it’ll take maybe 500 years to break the system. If you use a quantum computer, maybe several seconds. Hcash is trying to provide security, even in the existence of this future computer,’ – he claims during a recent interview.

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A precursor to Monero     

The aforementioned quantum-resistance cryptocurrency is based on Liu’s research paper about a ‘linkable ring signature.’  Fun fact: that paper, which was published back in 2014, was used by the creators of Monero as the basis for the flagship privacy coin.

The Ring Confidential Transaction (RingCT) allows having an external verifier without exposing who that verifier is. Liu didn’t expect the coin to produce any significant impact, but now he is eager to improve the protocol of the billion dollar currency without getting any financial gains.

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High hopes for Blockchain

Despite his gloomy prediction about the quantum takeover, Liu is still certain that the future of Blockchain is bright. He is certain that there will be an increasing number of Blockchain-related jobs that will be coupled with growing academic interest in cryptography. There is will be many use cases of Blockchain technology in different spheres of our life.

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