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Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany - April 17, 2018: Many coins of various cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies and the technology that enables them, blockchain, are here and they are here to stay.

They are not a fad. If there are circles, and there are many circles for that matter who still view them as a passing fad, then they are a fad that has been around for just over 14 years.

The first of the legions of cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin was invented in 2008 by a little known individual Satoshi Nakamoto. Protagonists of cryptocurrencies have touted the 14-year-old invention as humanity’s giant leap forward in financial innovation. Cryptocurrency’s longevity so far and its now widespread innovation, however, should not be taken as a ringing endorsement.

A loose definition of cryptocurrency is that it is a virtual currency designed to revolutionize peer to peer transactions without the need for an intermediary like a bank or a credit card agency, the exchange of personal information and or transaction…

The race to adopt cryptocurrencies is hitting new ceilings in Africa as their popularity increases, despite hostile policies from several governments in the continent.

One of the main reasons investors across the globe are seeking to diversify traditional assets in Africa into cryptos is to counter rising fiat inflation, with a majority of crypto investors and traders believing that crypto coins and tokens are safer and more secure than traditional investments such as gold, oil, stocks, liquid cash and real estate.

The roles that these cryptos and alternative coins play in society are not well defined, but they have a vivid description as each day passes as to which purposes they serve.…

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  • Crypto experts predict that Ethereum (ETH) will surpass bitcoin (BTC) in market cap, and new market entries could look at the former as a better purchase.
  • There is confusion among traders between buying, selling or holding (HODL) bitcoin
  • A whopping 67 per cent of the experts in the panel agree that it is an excellent time to buy bitcoin, arguing that the currency is experiencing its lowest price for this year

Many people, especially those interested in joining crypto trading as newbies, are utterly confused about whether to buy crypto in these bearish conditions. Bitcoin, specifically, has been experiencing a downward trend since the digital currency hit its highest in November 2021, valued at US$69,000. As of April 29, the price of bitcoin was resting at around US$38,799.

After the weekend doldrums, the market pulled a good turnaround on April 25. Despite four weeks of downward action, Bitcoin popped its

The International Monetary Fund (IMF), an organization which includes 190 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, in a blogpost titled, ‘Cryptoassets as National Currency? A Step Too Far’, believes that the adoption of cryptocurrencies as national currencies has more risks and cost that outweighs potential benefits.

Cryptocurrencies had an exceptional year in 2017. Both the technology and the value of virtual currencies have experienced historic breakthroughs. At the same time, the rise of these digital currencies is causing serious concerns in the world of cybersecurity.

The IMF blogpost starts by acknowledging the potential benefits of digital currencies saying that new digital forms of money had the potential to provide cheaper and faster payments, enhance financial inclusion, improve resilience and competition among payment providers, and facilitate cross-border transfers.

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However, according to the post, the IMF …

The Central Bank of Nigeria has banned all cryptocurrency transactions as of February 5th 2021 citing terrorism concerns. The central bank is of the view that cryptocurrency transactions are been used to fund terror groups.

As a result, it has ordered all banks as well as non-bank financial institutions and all other financial institutions that deal in cryptocurrencies or facilitate payment for cryptocurrencies to stop with immediate effect.

The development comes after the Central Bank issued a warning back in January cautioning against the use of cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrencies are volatile and risky since unlike in regular banking transactions, these are transactions that are irreversible. Further still, transactions are anonymous so you do not know who you are dealing with and also, there are no regulators for cryptocurrency dealings, it is all just you and a host of other people that you do not know trading online, to call it …