Published Article Details

What is cryptocurrency?

Posted by: Labdhi Mehta on DEC 04, 2017, 06.30 AM IST

1. A cryptocurrency is a digital currency created and stored electronically in blockchains.
2. It uses encryption techniques to control creation of monetary units and to verify the transfer of funds. Hence it is very secure.
3. It has no physical form and is not redeemable in another commodity like gold.
4. Its supply is not determined by any central bank or authority and the network is completely decentralised.
5. Bitcoin, Litecoin, Namecoin and PPcoin are examples of cryptocurrencies.

Content courtesy: Centre for Investment Education and Learning (CIEL).
Contributions by Girija Gadre, Arti Bhargava and Labdhi Mehta. This article appeared in Economic Times dated DEC 04, 2017, 06.30 AM IST

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