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Thursday 15/11/2018

Cette étude examine si le Bitcoin peut (ou pourrait) constituer une alternative crédible à l’euro ou au dollar. Est-il une menace pour la politique monétaire, ou, au contraire, doit-il constituer une source d’inspiration pour les banquiers centraux ? Le bitcoin fait face à de nombreux défis. Premièrement, il est loin de constituer un système de paiement stable et fiable, comme l’aurait voulu ses concepteurs. Deuxièmement, le bitcoin est, par nature, un objet quasi-ingouvernable. Troisièmement, le bitcoin, contrairement à ce que pourraient penser ses défenseurs, ne permet pas de protéger efficacement les données et la vie privée de ses utilisateurs. Pour autant, le Bitcoin n’est pas sans intérêt. L’article se conclut par quelques pistes qui pourraient inspirer, notamment, les banques centrales.

Tuesday 11/9/2018
Jan Vergrote

Part of the financial news in recent months has been dominated by articles about ‘cryptocurrencies’. Sky-high gains, followed by significant price falls, both for the currencies and the companies involved, have been everyday occurrences. Little wonder, then, that comparisons have been made with the dotcom bubble: high valuations for technology that has not (yet) proved itself. In developed countries, cryptocurrencies are used mainly as a speculative asset. Believers see the long-term value of these cryptocurrencies mainly based on the underlying blockchain technology, which is expected to have many other applications in combination with new technology. 

By contrast, in weak and underdeveloped states, there is mistrust with regard to cryptocurrencies, often because of their anonymity that facilitates criminal dealings. So, whereas believers see cryptocurrencies as a far-reaching innovation, others view it as a way to create ‘funny money’. And while some invest in these currencies based on the promise of a future market, there may be many dangers lurking around the corner, such as Internet fraud, phishing scams and hacking of the underlying software. Just where these virtual currencies will end up remains an unanswered question today. But allow us to provide you with an initial guide.