What is block chain and what is cryptocurrency? Is there a difference?
Blockchain is the enabling technology that underpins cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency is money based on trust in cryptographic, mathematical proofs.
Why has block chain and cryptocurrency become so popular?
Crypto currencies are not inflationary. They are cheaper to transact and do not rely on third party involvement – it is straight peer to peer . Negative perceptions of future monetary trends have accelerated acceptance.
How many people are currently involved in cryptocurrency and will interest keep rising?
Approximately 16 million Bitcoin wallets and at least the same again in other crypto currencies. These figures are rising exponentially all the time. Interest will continue to rise as adoption and use continues to rise.
How safe is block chain?
Blockchain is based on incredibly complex cryptography. Mathematically it is safer than the chances of finding one specific grain of sand not just on earth but in the entire universe.
What is the difference between cryptocurrency and the money in my wallet?
The value of a crypto currency does not rely on issuance of money by governments or Central banks – hence no quantitative easing and falling value over time of your wallet’s content.
Will Cryptocurrency overtake money as we know it?
Indications are that it may eventually – growth will be exponential then explosive. Actual cash transactions are already disappearing fast.
What is an e-wallet?
A piece of software that allows you to transact your crypto coins – it does NOT store them. A crypto wallet (e.g. freewallet.io) enables you to store and spend them.
Where can I spend my cryptocurrency?
Dell, Microsoft, Overstock, Expedia etc, all accept Bitcoin. Scotcoin will shortly be accepted in over 2000 places in UK. It was recently used to buy a flat.
How can I use my cryptocurrency?
With your crypto-wallet (e.g. freewallet.io)
Do I need to pay CGT on any gains made?
Yes HMRC treats any gains from any source in exactly the same way. Around 1000 people in the USA paid tax on their Bitcoin earnings last year.
Can I leave cryptocurrency in my Will?
Yes, make sure your beneficiaries get your pass phase(s) at the appropriate time. Lose the pass phrase and you lose the wallet and its contents. THERE IS NO RESET.