Can a Math-Based Currency That Exists Only Online Succeed?


Mercator Advisory Group presents new research, Bitcoin Basics, Trends, Regulations, and Usage

Boston, MA – April 07, 2014 – The mixed news and reviews of Bitcoin leave the public to wonder: Is Bitcoin/bitcoin on its last legs, or will it become a part of the mainstream payments infrastructure? Is there really a need for another currency or payments system? What problems does this new currency solve compared to existing currencies that are already regulated and accepted by the world at large today?

Mercator Advisory Group’s new Research Note, Bitcoin Basics, Trends, Regulations, and Usage, discusses basic definitions, principles, and history of this virtual currency, diverging opinions on its merits and future, and the emerging trends and technologies impacting this form of payment. The Note focuses both on Bitcoin’s short-term challenges and long-term viability in the United States and various global markets.
“The main attraction of Bitcoin has always been that it is not an institution, an organization, or any sort of centralized entity. Since there is no central authority, it has thrived due to its transparent and hassle-free nature for both buyer and seller. While the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, or European Union are not likely to shut down Bitcoin, rules and regulations will likely be imposed as the digital currency’s popularity continues to grow in select markets around the world,” comments Pradeep Moudgal, Director, Emerging Technologies Advisory at Mercator Advisory Group and author of the note.

Highlights of this Research Note include:

  • Features and principles underpinning Bitcoin (blockchain, mining, exchanges, etc.) 

  • Differences between fiat currencies and virtual currencies

  • Review of technologies to enable bitcoin usage including Bitcoin wallet, bitcoin conversion ATMs, Google Glass, and Square 

  • Regulatory trends and long-term viability in the U.S. and select global markets

  • Scenarios for Bitcoin’s likely future fate as a payments instrument

Companies mentioned in this Research Note include: Bitcoin Foundation, Coinbase, Eaze, eBay, Google, JP Morgan Chase, Liberty Tower, MasterCard,, RedBottle Design, Robocoin, Sacramento Kings, Square, Tesla, Virgin Group, Visa, Wells Fargo Bank, and Xapo.

This Research Note contains 19 pages and 6 exhibits.


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