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4 Potential Benefits of a Bitcoin Currency

4 Potential Benefits of a Bitcoin Currency

Current understanding and use of Bitcoin as a currency is not straightforward. More importantly, despite little awareness regarding Bitcoin in the public, the currency has registered exponential growth within half a decade.[1] Its progressive development and potential advantages as a global currency has outdone any other national currency in history. This explains why in conventional use, Bitcoin is a virtue goldmine. Bitcoins present an extremely rewarding, profitable, and reliable investment, both in terms of income generation and in reducing operational expenditure.

This article acknowledges that the technical details of Bitcoin technology may be irrelevant from the perspective of investors and or businesspersons. The brief discussion excludes the focus on the crypto-currency model, the cryptography mathematical model, the use of block-chain technologies, which may not be as important as the realization of the potential benefits of a Bitcoin wallet. As such, the article seeks to exclusively review the realistic user-based advantages of using Bitcoin as a currency. Before listing the potential advantages, however, it is important to provide a succinct history of the currency.

Above the technical profile, the question of how one may benefit from using the Bitcoin currency remains. In other words, why should you invest in the Bitcoin currency? Here are four reasons that define Bitcoin as a currency of tomorrow, and its relevance in a globalized future:

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1. Absence of a Central Authority and Jurisdictional Regulation

Transactions in Bitcoin are based on a consensus network where peers send and receive a purely digital currency. There is not a nation, agency, or individual who owns and controls the Bitcoin currency. This means that unlike contemporary national currencies, Bitcoin is a payment system empowered and defined by its users, and thus it lacks a central authority in charge of its circulation. Further, Bitcoin transactions do not require or facilitate intermediaries/middlemen, such as banks, in the contemporary financial world.

The absence of any central authority thus gives total and absolute control to Bitcoin users globally, regardless of their jurisdiction or residence and qualifies the currency with unlimited exchange freedom. Bitcoin transactions are feasible any time, from anywhere, between anybody, and without rules and regulations that are common with modern bureaucracy. This defines the infinite potential for an investor or a businessperson for never having to observe the day or time (where weekends of during night time) of transaction, as well as peer location or personal identity of peers you transact with. In the words of Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoins can be “transported over a communications channel” to a global user.[2]

2. Capitalization on an Anonymous Virtual Identity

To begin with, Bitcoin omits and does not require personal information or identity in any transaction. Transactions do not rely on the names of sellers and or buyers, and they do not even record personal addresses. Each user has a unique Wallet ID, which constitutes their virtual identity. Furthermore, Bitcoin eliminates any risks when transacting with merchants or customers.

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Bitcoin transactions come with a high level of security because they are:

  • Secure from charge-backs and fraudulent losses
  • Ledger-systemized
  • Irreversible
  • Accounted for and recorded in a public log based on unique user’s Wallet ID
  • Based on user agreements, making PCI compliance for all transactions irrelevant

Governments and organizations have risen up, severely opposing this benefit of a Bitcoin currency, arguing against potential abuse. Assorted interests have pointed out the likelihood of Bitcoin usage in drug trafficking and illicit commerce.[3] In the meantime, businesses are protected and galvanized regardless of the limited personal identity required.

3. Acquisition Integrity and Usage Mechanisms

Receiving and sending Bitcoins from and to peers (Bitcoin users) is not only reliable and secure as noted above, but acquiring a Bitcoin wallet is also as reliably systemized action.

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Bitcoin can be acquired in four distinctive ways, namely:

  • Competitive mining using Bitcoin mining hardware, where cryptography is systemized using advanced block-chain technologies
  • Payment from another user for agreed goods/services
  • Purchased with national currencies at Bitcoin exchanges
  • Peer exchange using send/receive payment arrangements

    Given that the Bitcoin network is peer-to-peer, every one of these transactions are recorded and accessibly open for review in a public ledger, known as the block chain. Therefore, the transactions can always be checked and validated in real time, as authentic transactions with highly protected digital signatures, by specialized mining hardware.

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    4. Globalization and Tax Exemptions

    Given that Bitcoin is a digital currency that has no legal tender status ascribed to any nation or any jurisdiction, all transactions are above tax liability. In what is emerging as a form of modernized finance, Bitcoin is still a goldmine.[4] No government in the world currently taxes any capital gain, income, or payroll limits recorded on Bitcoin. The practicality of that single fact, not only consolidates Bitcoin as a global currency, but also offers infinite potential for investors and businesspersons to benefit from the no-tax transactions.

    Featured photo credit: Antana via flickr.com

    Reference

    [1] http://www.businessinsider.com.au/bitcoin-price-skyrocketing-june-13-halvening-2016-6
    [2] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-seaman/bitcoin-is-not-what-you-t_b_11071712.html
    [3] http://www.businessinsider.com.au/potcoin-and-dopecoin-2014-3
    [4] http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/paul-mcneil/finance-modernized-by-bit_b_12760672.html

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    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

    Joe’s Goals

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      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

      Daytum

        Daytum

        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

        Excel or Numbers

          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

          Evernote

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            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

            Access or Bento

              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

              Conclusion

              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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