Bitcoin (BTC) scende al livello di supporto „Make or Break

  • Bitcoin è scambiato sopra il supporto a 52.500 dollari.
  • Gli indicatori a breve termine supportano un rimbalzo.
  • BTC è scambiato all’interno di un potenziale canale parallelo discendente.

Il prezzo del Bitcoin (BTC) è sceso notevolmente il 24 marzo, raggiungendo l’area di supporto di 52.500 dollari.

Ci si aspetta che il Bitcoin rimbalzi al livello attuale o al supporto di 50.250 dollari.

Bitcoin cade al supporto

BTC ha fatto un tentativo di movimento al rialzo ieri, ma ha finito per chiudere con uno stoppino superiore molto lungo. Inoltre, la candela giornaliera ha avuto una chiusura ribassista sul time-frame giornaliero.

Attualmente, Bitcoin è scambiato appena sopra il supporto a 52.500 dollari. Questo è il livello di ritracciamento 0,5 Fib dell’intero movimento verso l’alto.

Il prossimo livello di supporto più vicino si trova a 50.250 dollari. Questo è il livello di ritracciamento di 0,618 Fib e anche un’area di supporto orizzontale. Pertanto, se Bitcoin Bank cade di nuovo a questo supporto, ci si aspetta un rimbalzo.

Gli indicatori tecnici nel time-frame giornaliero sono fermamente ribassisti. Il MACD è in territorio negativo, l’RSI ha attraversato sotto 50, e l’oscillatore stocastico ha fatto un cross ribassista.

Movimento a breve termine

Il grafico a due ore è un po‘ più rialzista. Nonostante il prezzo abbia fatto un minimo inferiore, sia il MACD che l’RSI hanno generato divergenze rialziste. Questo è un segno di un potenziale rimbalzo.

Inoltre, possiamo vedere che l’attuale calo è un perfetto retest dei massimi visti tra il 25 febbraio e il 3 marzo.

Almeno nel breve termine, ci si aspetta un rimbalzo. Dal momento che Bitcoin è anche scambiato al supporto a lungo termine, questo potrebbe svilupparsi in un movimento a lungo termine.

Il Bitcoin invertirà la tendenza?

Uno sguardo più attento mostra che il Bitcoin è scambiato all’interno di un canale parallelo discendente. Questo modello contiene spesso un movimento correttivo. Pertanto, ci si aspetta un breakout dal canale alla conclusione.

Tuttavia, l’esatta pendenza del canale non è chiara. Il BTC si trova sulla linea di supporto del canale (nero) o si sta avvicinando ad essa. La linea di supporto si trova vicino a $50.250. Entrambi gli scenari sembrano possibili dato che 50.250 dollari è anche un forte livello di supporto.

Quando si misura la prima parte del calo, possiamo vedere che la seconda parte ha avuto un rapporto esatto 1:1. Dal momento che il BTC è anche scambiato ad un livello orizzontale, e ci sono più divergenze in atto, è più probabile che il Bitcoin abbia raggiunto un minimo e rimbalzerà da qui.

Conclusione

È probabile che il Bitcoin abbia già raggiunto un minimo e che ora si muova verso l’alto. Uno scenario ribassista potrebbe vedere il BTC scendere verso i 50.250 dollari prima di rimbalzare potenzialmente.

In ogni caso, il calo in corso non sembra l’inizio di un impulso ribassista.

I tori hanno favorito in vista della scadenza record di $ 6,1 miliardi di opzioni Bitcoin il 26 marzo

Fino a 6,1 miliardi di dollari di opzioni Bitcoin scadranno il 26 marzo, ma i dati sui derivati ​​suggeriscono che la scadenza favorisce i trader rialzisti.

Negli ultimi due mesi, l’interesse aperto sulle opzioni Bitcoin è aumentato del 60% fino a raggiungere i 13,5 miliardi di dollari mentre il prezzo di BTC è salito a un nuovo massimo storico

Il risultato dell’apprezzamento del prezzo di Bitcoin e dell’open interest in aumento delle opzioni ha portato a una scadenza potenzialmente storica di $ 6,1 miliardi fissata per il 26 marzo.

La maggior parte delle borse offre esposizioni mensili, sebbene alcune detengano anche opzioni settimanali per contratti a breve termine. Il 29 gennaio 2020, ha avuto la scadenza più grande mai registrata poiché sono scaduti $ 3,5 miliardi di contratti di opzione. Questa cifra rappresentava il 36% di tutti gli interessi aperti in quel momento.

I dati sopra mostrano che la scadenza del 26 marzo di Bitcoin contiene 100.400 BTC. Quella concentrazione insolita si traduce nel 45% dei suoi contratti che scadono tra undici giorni.

Vale la pena notare che non tutte le opzioni verranno scambiate alla scadenza poiché alcuni di questi scioperi ora sembrano irragionevoli, soprattutto considerando che mancano meno di due settimane.

A differenza dei contratti futures, le opzioni sono divise in due segmenti. Le opzioni call (buy) consentono all’acquirente di acquisire BTC a un prezzo fisso alla data di scadenza. In generale, questi vengono utilizzati su operazioni di arbitraggio neutrale o strategie rialziste.

Nel frattempo, le opzioni put (vendita) sono comunemente utilizzate come copertura o protezione dalle oscillazioni di prezzo negative.

Il rapporto call to put è sbilanciato

Per capire come queste forze concorrenti sono bilanciate, si dovrebbero confrontare le call e le dimensioni delle opzioni put a ciascun prezzo di scadenza (strike). I mercati delle opzioni sono tutto o niente, il che significa che hanno valore o diventano privi di valore se vengono scambiati al di sopra del prezzo di esercizio call, o il contrario per i possessori di opzioni put.

Escludendo le opzioni put da neutrale a ribassista inferiori a $ 47.000 e le opzioni call superiori a $ 66.000, è più facile stimare il potenziale impatto della scadenza di venerdì. Gli incentivi per aumentare o diminuire il prezzo di oltre il 17% diventano meno probabili, poiché i potenziali guadagni raramente supereranno il costo.

Questi dati lasciano un valore di $ 1,13 miliardi di opzioni call da $ 32.000 a $ 64.000 strike per la scadenza delle opzioni aggregate il 26 marzo. Nel frattempo, le opzioni put più ribassiste fino a $ 47.000 ammontano a $ 462 milioni. Pertanto, c’è uno squilibrio di $ 668 milioni a favore delle opzioni call più rialziste.

Bitcoin breaks new price record after breaking R$ 185,000 in the market

Cryptomeda maintains a wave of appreciation that began in late October 2020.

Bitcoin breaks new price record after breaking R$ 185,000 in the marketNOTÍCIAS

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) continues to appreciate in 2021 and broke a new market record in the early hours of this Wednesday (6), after breaking R$ 185 thousand for the first time.

In the last 24 hours alone, the price of the Bitcoin has risen more than 10% and may continue to break records in the market. At Coinext, for example, on the morning of Wednesday (6) cryptomeda was being quoted above R$ 186 thousand, in the BTC/BRL pair.

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With the price rising in the market, Bitcoin maintains a wave of appreciation that began as recently as 2020. In the last seven days, the price of BTC has risen more than 26%, according to data from CoinMarketCap.

Record price
Bitcoin continues to break price records in 2021, just as it did at the end of 2020. With the recent appreciation of cryptomoeda, in the Brazilian market BTC surpassed R$ 185,000, and in the CoinMarketCap it registered a record R$ 188,364.

Since December 2020, the price of Bitcoin has been breaking consecutive records in dollars, after cryptomoeda was quoted above US$20,000 for the first time.

Bitcoin’s price has risen more than 230% since the last Christmas of 2019
With Wednesday’s valuation (6), BTC’s share price approached US$36,000, which made cryptomoeda worth more than R$185,000 on the BTC/BRL pair.

Meanwhile, in Brazil, Bitcoin faces a wave of appreciation that began soon after cryptomoeda surpassed R$ 70,000 in the market, as recalled by Fabrício Tota, director of the Bitcoin Market, on Twitter.

„The current strong rally started there on October 21, when Paypal announced transactions with Bitcoin to its users. On that day Bitcoin broke the R$ 70 thousand mark“.

Bitcoin price in the last five days (Play/TradingView)

Bitcoin and dollar
In addition to the growth of Bitcoin in the market in recent weeks, the price of cryptomeda has been influenced by the rise of the dollar against the Brazilian real in recent days.

Thus, the price of BTC in Brazilian Reals has risen significantly, with the US dollar currently quoted around R$ 5.28. When Bitcoin broke US$ 20,000 on December 16, 2020, for example, the dollar was being quoted at around R$ 5.08.

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Since then, the US currency has grown by almost 4%, boosting the price of the Bitcoin in the BRL/BTC pair. Although the price of the Bitcoin has fallen by more than R$3,000 after breaking R$185,000 in the last few hours, cryptomime is being priced at around R$183,000, with an 8.52% rise in the market.

Bitcoin Hits Nieuwe ATH, Ethereum en Altcoins Start Verse Rally

De Bitcoin-prijs steeg in een bullish momentum en bereikte een nieuw record van meer dan 35.500 dollar.

Het ethereum is met 10% gestegen en de handel boven USD 1.100, XRP heeft moeite om USD 0,235 weg te werken.
XLM en ADA stijgen met meer dan 20%.

Na het opruimen van de 32.500 dollar weerstand, begon de bitcoin prijs een nieuwe stijging. Het is meer dan 12% gestegen en het brak de USD 34.000 weerstand. BTC brak de USD 35.000 weerstand, en handelde naar een nieuwe recordhoogte in de buurt van USD 35.750. Momenteel (05:00 UTC) consolideert het de winsten.
Op dezelfde manier was er een sterke opwaartse beweging in de meeste grote altmunten, waaronder ether, EOS, XLM, LINK, BNB, OMG, NEO, TRX, bitcoin cash, DOT, litecoin, en ADA. ETH/USD steeg met 10% en het brak de USD 1.080 weerstandszone. Omgekeerd heeft XRP/USD nog steeds moeite om zich te herstellen en het handelt ver onder de USD 0,250.

Totale marktkapitalisatie

Bitcoin-prijs

Na een succesvolle afsluiting boven de USD 32.500, kreeg de bitcoin-prijs een bullish momentum boven de USD 33.200 en USD 33.500 weerstandsniveaus. BTC kwam tot een rally van meer dan 12% en brak zelfs de 35.000 USD weerstand. Een nieuw record werd gevormd in de buurt van USD 35.750 en de prijs consolideert momenteel rond USD 35.000. Als er meer upsides zijn, zou de prijs kunnen blijven stijgen naar de USD 36.000 en USD 36.800 niveaus.

Aan de andere kant is een eerste steun in de buurt van het USD 34.500-niveau (de vorige swing high zone). De volgende grote steun lijkt zich te vormen in de buurt van USD 33.800.

Etherische prijs

De etherische prijs volgde de bitcoin en steeg tot boven het niveau van USD 1.000 en USD 1.020 weerstand. ETH heeft zelfs 1.100 dollar vrijgemaakt en het laat een stijgende lijn zien. Een dicht bij de 1.140 en 1.150 USD niveaus zou de weg kunnen vrijmaken voor een beweging naar de 1.200 en 1.220 USD niveaus.

Als er een neerwaartse correctie is, zou de prijs biedingen in de buurt van de USD 1.080 en USD 1.050 niveaus kunnen vinden. De belangrijkste steun vormt zich nu in de buurt van het USD 1.000 niveau.

Bitcoin cash, litecoin en XRP prijs

De contante prijs van Bitcoin bleef stabiel boven de 400 dollar en begon gestaag te stijgen boven de weerstand van 420 dollar. BCH handelt boven het niveau van USD 425 en het zou een poging kunnen wagen om boven de USD 432 weerstand uit te komen. Als er een close boven de USD 432 is, kan de volgende belangrijke stop voor de stieren mogelijk in de buurt komen van het USD 450 level.

Litecoin (LTC) stijgt met meer dan 8% en het brak de USD 158 en USD 160 resistance levels. LTC handelt nu ruim boven de 160 USD en zou de stijging naar het niveau van 168 en 170 USD kunnen verlengen. Meer winst zou de koers kunnen leiden naar het 185 USD-niveau.

De XRP prijs presteert ondermaats en heeft moeite om boven de USD 0.235 aan kracht te winnen. De belangrijkste doorbraakweerstand ligt nog steeds in de buurt van het USD 0.250 niveau. Zolang de koers onder de USD 0.250 ligt, bestaat het risico op een grotere daling in de komende sessies.

Andere altcoins markt vandaag

Ook zijn veel altcoins meer dan 10% hoger, waaronder XLM, ADA, SNX, MKR, HEDG, SUSHI, GRT, SNT, EGLD, ICX, KNC, QNT, LRC, DOGE, MAID, en BNT. Daarvan is XLM met meer dan 30% gestegen en wordt er meer dan USD 0,200 verhandeld.

Over het geheel genomen wint de bitcoin prijs aan tempo boven de USD 34.800 en USD 35.000 niveaus. Als de huidige trend intact blijft, zou BTC kunnen blijven stijgen naar het niveau van 36.000 en 36.500 USD.

Cruise liner “Satoshi” to move from Panama to junkyard in India

Ocean Builders announced the end of the Satoshi cruise liner project for failing to secure a protection and indemnity insurance company to insure the ship.

The company’s dream was to anchor the ship off the coast of Panama to house businesses, restaurants and nightclubs to entertain its users

The CEO of Ocean Builders criticized the big insurance companies for being archaic and not wanting to adapt to new innovative ideas.

On December 20, 2020, Ocean Builders , the company responsible for launching the cruise liner Satoshi , announced in a letter to its potential investors the completion of the project. According to maritime news portals Cruise Radio and Cruise Industry News, the project did not have a protection and indemnity insurance company to insure the ship.

Grant Romundt, CEO of Ocean Builders, said they encountered an unexpected problem, which ended up “exhausting” all options for starting the Satoshi ocean liner project. He referred to the insurance companies to which he attributed all the responsibility for dropping the project, calling them archaic for not wanting to adapt to new innovative ideas.

No protection and indemnity insurance company will insure the Satoshi… We got the closest with a company that manipulated us with a premium of $ 1 million for maximum coverage of $ 5 million. Nothing that comes close to the coverage we would need to comply with the law.

The MS #Satoshi project is dead as the former Pacific Dawn has been sold for scrap, according to a statement from #OceanBuilders, which was aiming to setup a floating tech hub for small businesses with the aim to support crypto currency off the coast of Panama. pic.twitter.com/PHD8lNaPaI

— Cruise Ships Passion (@shipspassion) December 20, 2020

The MS #Satoshi project is dead because the old Pacific Dawn was sold to a junkyard, according to a statement from #OceanBuilders. The company aimed to set up a floating technology hub for small businesses with the goal of supporting crypto currency off the coast of Panama.

Ocean Builders has not received support from the crypto community

The company was also unsuccessful in enlisting the assistance of the Panama Maritime Authority to change its status to a non-maritime vessel (reducing its insurance costs). She received in response that this was impossible, as the boat had an engine and a flag.

In addition, the fact that Ocean Builders did not have the support of the crypto community (for which the company was developing this project) made it abandon any possible wish of struggle, suffering the loss of millions of dollars in the process. “By pushing or designing a complex alternative insurance solution,” Mr. Rodmundt said.

BaFin gives the green light: Publity AG tokenizes shares on Ethereum

Publity AG wants to be the world’s first listed company to tokenize its own shares on Ethereum – what are the consequences?

The real estate giant PREOS Global Office Real Estate & Technology AG (PREOS) is the first publicly listed company to digitally securitize its shares using an Ethereum token

PREOS is a real estate company focused on office properties. The company is currently mainly active in Frankfurt and in the future it wants to expand into other European financial centers.

For the implementation of the ambitious project, the company uses the Ethereum blockchain and from today the tokenized securities are tradable on the XETRA trading platform. Each PREOS token represents one PREOS share.

In addition, every PREOS token holder has the option of exchanging their tokens for conventional PREOS shares. The tokenized shares have the same dividend rights and the same voting rights at the PREOS general meeting as all other shares in the company.

Thomas Olek, CEO, the CEO of Publity AG commented optimistically:

A milestone in the international real estate industry. We make real estate digital and investable for everyone, regardless of location or infrastructure.

Olek also said that this tokenization of the shares, approved by the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) on November 23, 2020, had opened a new chapter on the capital market.

Why Bitcoin’s market capitalization reached a new all-time high before the price

Although Bitcoin has mobilized to reach a new historical high of market capitalization, the milestone seems not to have captured the attention of the main media and the general public.

The latest stage of Bitcoin’s (BTC) recent rebound saw its market capitalization exceed USD 330 billion for the first time, while the price rose above USD 17,750 by the end of November.

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According to CoinGecko, the previous high for Bitcoin capitalization of $329.3 billion was recorded on December 16, 2017, in the midst of the historic upward cycle where the price of Bitcoin reached $20,000.
BTC market capitalization since 2017.

However, the new peak in market capitalization came despite the fact that the price of BTC has not reached new highs.

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There’s a very simple explanation for that: the increasing supply of Bitcoin. While there were approximately 16,746 million Bitcoins as of December 16, 2017, more than 1.8 million coins have been mined since then, which is a 10.75% increase in supply. This means that Bitcoin is able to have a higher market capitalization even though its price is currently lower.

The combined capitalization of all the crypto currencies also exceeded $500 billion for the first time since February 2018.
Combined capitalization of all crypto-currencies since 2017

According to the World Bank, Bitcoin’s market capitalization exceeds that of combined publicly traded companies based in countries such as Belgium, Iran, Norway, Sweden and the Philippines, respectively, more than double that of companies in Denmark, Qatar, Vietnam, Colombia and Poland.

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Compared to companies in the S&P 500, Bitcoin’s market capitalization is approximately $13 billion behind Procter and Gamble’s eleventh position, and above Nvidia and JP Morgan. However, some would argue that comparing Bitcoin to companies isn’t very enlightening and that it should be compared to commodities, or some other asset class.

Despite the market capitalization milestone, some analysts point to the lack of media coverage of Bitcoin’s recent gains.

Media attention going down. Price to the moon!

Chart shown just now on Joe @TheStalwart’s show. pic.twitter.com/kXHjCtDPZ2
– Mati Greenspan (tweets ≠ financial advice) (@MatiGreenspan) November 17, 2020

However, according to data shared by LunarCRUSH, a company that tracks social network sentiment in relation to cryptomonies, the volume of Bitcoin-related news experienced a significant peak since early November.

The company tweeted a graph showing that the volume of daily media coverage related to Bitcoin has increased fivefold in the last two weeks.

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According to Google Trends, the volume of searches for the keyword „Bitcoin“ during November is approximately 15% of the 2017 search peak, further evidencing the relative lack of retail interest in BTC compared to the last time the market was reaching parabolic peaks.
Relative volume of searches for the word ‚Bitcoin‘ in the last five years.

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In fact, the volume of searches is only at its fourth highest level in 2020, lagging behind the spikes in interest that coincided with the „Black Thursday“ crash in March, the Bitcoin halving in May, and the BTC break over USD 10,000 in May.

New York Airport uses blockchain app for cleanliness to combat corona

A New York airport uses a blockchain app to provide travelers with information about the cleanliness of surfaces.

In the course of the Corona crisis, the airport in Albany, New York, USA, is using the “Wellness Trace App” to check the cleanliness of surfaces and objects at Albany Airport

The app, which emerged from a collaboration between General Electric (GE), TE-FOOD and Eurofins, is intended to make travel safe even in times of the corona pandemic. The blockchain system from Microsoft Azure serves as the basic framework.

The blockchain app provides travelers with information about the cleanliness of objects and surfaces in advance, even before they come into contact with them. All the travelers have to do is scan in QR codes with their smartphones, which are located all over the airport.

In addition, users can enter their personal impression of the cleanliness of a respective surface in the app and save it for others

As Albany Airport states, the experiment with the app will initially run for three months, with airport employees being tasked with using the app to ensure proper cleanliness in and around the airport in accordance with Corona regulations. To make the relevant information accessible, more than 45 stickers with the corresponding QR codes were distributed.

Philip Calderone, CEO of Albany Airport Regulators, said that „using the innovative GE Wellness Trace app is a big step in enabling safe travel in times of pandemic through digital solutions“.

Other countries are now also using blockchain technology to fight the coronavirus.

For example, a city in Singapore uses blockchain technology to issue a digital health passport. Thanks to the joint project by SGInnovate and Accredify, the pandemic could be contained even better.

The Singapore-based company Perlin has another project, the block chain-based smartphone app „ICC AOKpass“ developed , which in turn facilitates the communication of the infection status.

8,000 víctimas de estafas de Bitcoin obtienen reembolsos del regulador de EE. UU

La Comisión Federal de Comercio de EE. UU. Está reembolsando a unas 8.000 víctimas que perdieron dinero al invertir en dos estafas de bitcoins. Los esquemas fraudulentos prometieron que los inversores podrían convertir sus pagos en criptomonedas de aproximadamente $ 100 en $ 80,000 en ingresos mensuales.

Las víctimas de los esquemas piramidales de Bitcoin obtienen reembolsos

La Comisión Federal de Comercio (FTC) ha comenzado a enviar reembolsos a las víctimas de dos estafas de inversión en criptomonedas: Bitcoin Funding Team y My7network.

Según un anuncio de la Bitcoin Circuit el miércoles, los dos esquemas „prometieron falsamente que los participantes podrían ganar grandes cantidades de dinero pagando criptomonedas como bitcoin o litecoin para inscribirse en los esquemas“. Sin embargo, la FTC detalló:

Bitcoin Funding Team y My7network eran esquemas de referencia en cadena que dependían del reclutamiento de nuevas personas para ganar dinero. De hecho, la mayoría de los participantes no recuperaron sus inversiones iniciales.

La FTC enviará 7,964 reembolsos a través de Paypal por un total de más de $ 470,000 a las víctimas de los dos esquemas a partir del 5 de noviembre

“El reembolso promedio es de aproximadamente $ 59. Los destinatarios que reciban un reembolso a través de Paypal tendrán 30 días para aceptar el pago ”, aclaró la FTC.

Los promotores de los dos esquemas, Thomas Dluca, Louis Gatto y Eric Pinkston, fueron cerrados en marzo de 2018. Afirmaron que Bitcoin Funding Team „podría convertir un pago equivalente a poco más de $ 100 en $ 80,000 en ingresos mensuales“, el La FTC explicó y agregó que los dos esquemas eran „esquemas de referencia en cadena, un tipo de esquema piramidal“.

La FTC alega que un cuarto acusado, Scott Chandler, promovió Bitcoin Funding Team y otro esquema engañoso de reclutamiento de criptomonedas llamado Jetcoin. Esta estafa afirmaba que los inversores podían duplicar su inversión en 50 días, pero la FTC dice que „el esquema no cumplió con estos reclamos y dejó de operar dentro de los dos meses posteriores al lanzamiento“.

Los acusados ​​violaron la „prohibición de la ley contra los actos engañosos“ de la FTC al tergiversar los esquemas de referencia en cadena como oportunidades genuinas de hacer dinero y al afirmar falsamente que los participantes podrían obtener ingresos sustanciales al participar en los tres esquemas, explicó la agencia federal.

National launch of the Sand Dollar, the digital currency of the Bahamas

The Bahamas have just deployed their central bank digital currency (CBDC), the „Sand Dollar“. Its launch comes after a pilot program initiated in October 2019.

The Sand Dollar lands in the Bahamas

The Central Bank of the Bahamas (CBOB) today officially introduced its own central bank digital currency (CBDC), the “ Sand Dollar ”. This makes the Bahamas one of the first countries in the world to launch a CBDC beyond a pilot program .

The information was shared during a webinar broadcast on Facebook , on the dedicated Sand Dollar page. As of today, the 386,000 inhabitants of the archipelago can create their digital wallet on their smartphone and carry out transactions.

The entire Sand Dollar ecosystem will therefore transit through smartphones, and all Bahamian merchants can very easily accept it as a means of payment.

The central bank has chosen the company NZIA as its technological partner for the deployment of the Sand Dollar. Also based in Canada, South Korea, Singapore and South Africa, NZIA specializes in developing solutions compatible with existing regulatory frameworks and financial frameworks.

On the official Sand Dollar website , here’s how the Central Bank of the Bahamas justifies the introduction of this CBDC:

„The goal is to promote more inclusive access to regulated payments and other financial services for underserved communities and socio-economic groups, as well as reduce service delivery costs and increase transaction efficiency for financial services. across the Bahamas. „

Each Sand Dollar is backed by a Bahamian dollar, which in turn is pegged to a US dollar. In addition, the CBOB claims that the fees required to complete a transaction are negligible, without giving further details.

A CBDC quickly set up

This CBDC had been in the works for several years, although things really accelerated last year when it was publicly announced.

The Sand Dollar project had been the subject of a pilot program since October 2019 , when 48,000 units were in circulation on the islands of Exuma and Abaco, combining a population of 25,000 people.

Although the Sand Dollar is being rolled out nationwide fairly quickly, the project already looks quite mature . The Central Bank of the Bahamas ensures that its entire ecosystem is already operational.

The institution hopes in particular that at the end of this project, all inhabitants of the Bahamas will have equal and expanded access to modernized digital means of payment . At the same time, a reduction in cash transactions is also planned, a feature that will certainly be debated.

This new payment infrastructure is expected to reduce service delivery costs, increase transaction efficiency and improve the general level of financial inclusion of communities throughout the archipelago.

Along with Venezuela’s Petro (PRT) , the Sand Dollar is one of the first sovereign digital currencies to emerge . Although the challenge is less compared to the deployment of the digital yuan in China , the Bahamas are proving to the whole world their lead on a technology which is still very young.