Many of us use cash, debit cards, and credit cards for everyday transactions. You may be wondering what could cryptocurrency really offer me that these options cannot? Maybe you or someone you know has been a victim of identity theft? Maybe you are fed up with how long bank transfers take to arrive or the high fees? Cryptocurrencies offer solutions to these and many other issues.
But what about if you don’t have a bank account, debit card or credit card. This is much more common than you can imagine. In fact, over 2.5 billion people around the world do not have access to a bank account or simple banking services and are restricted to using only cash. For these people, cryptocurrencies provide their first step into banking and a world of possibilities that they have never had access to before, and it’s incredible!
Let’s find out how using cryptocurrencies could improve your life…
Benefits in the Developed World
The biggest benefit for most people with cryptocurrencies compared to regular currencies is speed. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, what the time of day it is, or the day of the week. A transfer will always take just seconds or minutes (depending on the currency and technology it is built on). For example, a Bitcoin transaction on average can take more than 10-20 minutes, while a Dagcoin transaction takes just 10-30 seconds.
If you use a regular bank account to transfer money to another person who uses the same bank, in the same country, it will take minutes. But when you start to send this to someone using another bank or internationally, this timeframe becomes hours and days respectively.
Not only do cryptocurrencies bring added speed, they also bring lower fees. Regular banks tend to charge you between 0.5% and 5% to transfer money to another account, along with a one-time transaction fee. With cryptocurrencies, these charges vary between 0.1% and 1% and with no added fees.
These speed improvements and lower costs do not just make a big impact on us as individuals when sending money, but also on businesses. Imagine going from paying 5% in fees when buying your stock, to paying just 0.1%. This could be the difference between a profit and a loss, giving workers a raise, or even lowering the price of products for consumers. A little difference really goes a long way!
Benefits in the Developing World
For those living in the developing world access to regular banking is incredibly difficult. If people can get over the geographical barriers that may prevent them from getting to their nearest bank. They are often met with rejection. But why would a bank reject someone?
Simply, the poorest 2.5 billion people on the planet are not seen as profitable customers. When their earnings are in the region of 1-2 dollars a day and their transfers are in the cents, banks are losing money from these people as the cost of providing services to them is more than the money they can earn from the accounts.
Cryptocurrencies do not have any such restrictions. All you need is a smartphone and an internet connection - and you are good to go.
Imagine finally having a safe and secure place to store your money. You no longer have to hide your savings in cash at home or worry about theft. Saving cash is also not a good idea as cash depreciates in value over time. Cryptocurrencies offer not just a safe place to store money, but a great investment to earn more.
Only being able to use cash is also very limiting because it means you can only buy or sell products or services in your local area. Using cryptocurrencies changes everything. Suddenly you have access to anything, anywhere in the world. And it is not just what you can buy, it is what you can sell. Imagine being a maker of ceramic pots who only sell these for cash at the local market.
Accepting cryptocurrencies gives people the chance to sell their products nationally and internationally online, expanding their business and improving their lives.
The Dagcoin Solution
Dagcoin has been made to be used and not traded like other cryptocurrencies. This is why it is not available on any trading platform. This focus on usability means that it is one of the fastest cryptocurrencies around, with transactions taking just 10 seconds. It is also one of the cheapest too.
Blockchain currencies like Bitcoin ask users to confirm each-others transactions. For confirming these transactions users are rewarded with a small amount of the currency in return. This process is commonly known as mining. Dagcoin is based on Dagchain technology which does not require mining and is therefore much cheaper.
Not only has Dagcoin been made to be both faster and cheaper, it has also been made to be used. As well as creating the coin, the developers of the currency have also created a free suite of software that makes it easy for businesses to start accepting Dagcoin payments, whether that is online, in a shop or via invoice. And it doesn’t stop there.
All businesses who accept Dagcoin have the chance to be on the Dagcoin merchant portal, where all users (currently over 600,000 people) of the currency have a chance to find them and buy their products.
The last and probably best possibility for those in the developing world is a transaction history. This is just like a bank statement. Having a record of incomings and outgoings finally gives people a chance to apply for credit, something impossible when all you use is cash.
Cryptocurrencies offer people all around the world access to a faster, cheaper and simpler form of money. Current banking services are slow and expensive.
In today’s world, no individual or business wants to wait up to 5 business days to receive an international transfer or pay 5% or more in fees. Cryptocurrencies cut this waiting time to seconds or minutes at most and, on top of that, for just a fraction of the cost – less than 1%.
The cost of current banking services makes it impossible for the poorest 2.5 billion people in the world to open a bank account, as they are not seen as profitable. Cryptocurrencies do not have the same aim to make a profit.
For this reason, anyone with a smartphone and internet access can use them. Cryptocurrencies provide these people with a safe place to store their money and the opportunity to buy and sell goods internationally. Something that is just not possible when all you have is cash.