Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are on the bull run of their lifetimes, but behind this bull run lies an unsung hero in the form of Tether – a stablecoin. However, as crypto booms and a whole new set of investors start investing in them, they often tend to not fully understand the concept of stable coins.
Questions like “are stablecoins a good investment? Which coins are stablecoins? Can you make money on stablecoins?” are way too common. At WazirX, we understand how overwhelming it can be to buy cryptocurrencies in India. Fret not let’s understand what stablecoins are, and 7 different uses of stable coins.
What is a stablecoin?
Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies whose value is tied to the value of an external asset. These assets can include currencies such as USD (like in the case of Tether (USDT)), precious metals such as gold, or any other commodity. Stablecoins, unlike other cryptocurrencies, act as a store of value and a means of transaction, and the value is not speculatory.
For instance, Bitcoin, which is valued at $52,000 as of 19th February 2021, can be $60,000, or even $40,000 in a month. On the other hand, stablecoins like Tether are always valued at $1 regardless of the month and day. The value of the pegged currency may rise or fall -i.e, the USD might rise or fall, but the value of Tether is always $1 USD.
Are stablecoins a good Investment? – If you are buying it for one of 7 reasons, yes. But if you’re looking to hold it for a speculatory rise in value, or participate in a bull run, then no. Stablecoins are not created for speculatory investment. If you’re speculating on the price of the underlying asset, i.e, the USD – then you can theoretically use the USDT.
Which coins are Stablecoins? The most common examples of stable coins are USDT and Bilira. The unreleased Diem (formerly known as Libra) is also a stablecoin. If you’re unsure whether a particular cryptocurrency is a stablecoin or otherwise, you can find your answer within minutes by googling “Is (cryptocurrency) stablecoin”
Can you make money on stablecoins? You cannot make money by speculating on stablecoins. It is possible to earn more stablecoins by using a method called Yield Farming
7 Important uses of Stablecoins
- Cross Border Remittance
Stablecoins are cryptocurrencies without inherent volatility. This means that stablecoins while having the traditional advantage of cryptocurrencies, like cheap cross-border transactions, without paying significant fees to intermediaries.
- A better Currency
Stablecoins, like cryptocurrency, use blockchain, are easier and more secure to pay with than regular currency. It combines the advantages of cryptocurrencies and fiat currencies. Since the transactions are cheaper, they can facilitate trade and provide a universally accessible P2P financial system.
- Yield Farming
Stablecoins can be used to earn more money by using a strategy called yield farming. This is done by staking or lending crypto with the aim of generating high revenues in the form of the same crypto staked/lent.
- Used as a medium to buy cryptocurrencies
While it is possible to buy cryptocurrencies in India without using Tether, using stablecoins in cryptocurrency exchanges in India offers you reduced transactional fees. Tether is the most popular method to buy cryptocurrencies.
- Hedge against Volatility
As discussed before, Stablecoins are not as volatile as the other cryptocurrencies. This helps traders as they can trust their investment and makes it easier to strategize their portfolios.
- Combat Inflation
Countries with weak economies like Venezuela have turned to stablecoins to tackle their problems. The International Monetary Fund suggests that stablecoins pegged to strong foreign currencies will be used more, and hyperinflationary local fiat currencies would be “shunned”.
The latest use case to be added to the ever-growing list of the utility of stablecoins is the fact that stablecoins can be used to settle banking transactions. On the 5th of January 2021, the USA’s OCC (Office of Comptroller and Currency) approved the use of stablecoins in banking transactions. Other countries are set to follow suit soon.
Stablecoins are crucial behind the crypto bull run’s success, but misinformation runs rampant even within the crypto sphere. Make sure to do thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency, including the purchase of stablecoins. Follow us on Twitter and join our telegram community to keep up to date on the latest updates in the crypto world.