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Scotcoin - Welcoming Better Regulation

Welcoming Better Regulation

For the past 2 years, Scotcoin has performed KYC checks on all purchasers via the official exchange. We wholeheartedly welcome better regulation – and are leading the way!

 

Bitcoin and other digital currencies are a “Wild West industry” and need to be regulated to protect investors, a committee of MPs has urged. | BBC News

‘Wild West’ Bitcoin ‘should be regulated’ – FULL ARTICLE

 

 

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Scotcoin – Scotland’s Own Digital Currency, a World Coin With a Scottish Ethos

 

– A speech by Temple Melville to Scottish Fintech on Wednesday 19th September 2018

 

“Good afternoon! I represent Scotcoin, Scotland’s own digital currency, a World Coin with a Scottish Ethos.

I have just three things to tell you about today, all of them important. One is potentially profitable for you, one will benefit all the people of Scotland and one will target individuals and groups in need.

But before I do that, does everyone here know what blockchain is? And do you know that blockchain is an enabling technology, that it can exist without Bitcoin or any other coin, but that Bitcoin could not exist without the blockchain? Scotcoin is on a blockchain – more a little later.

So number one, how will what I have said be profitable be for you?

A little history. Scotcoin began in 2013 and is now one of the longest-lived country crypto currencies. We presently sit on the Counterparty Protocol which makes use of the Bitcoin blockchain. The problem is this particular blockchain has several drawbacks. Not the least is that in the world of regulation that is coming to cryptos, there is no method for ensuring who is sending what to who. So we at Scotcoin decided a couple of years ago we had to do something different.

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As you can see, Bitcoin can only do seven transactions per second. It takes 12 minutes to confirm a transaction, the cost per transaction when volumes are high is extremely volatile, and it uses more electricity than Denmark. None of that is very good.

Scotcoin, on the other hand, intends to move to its own permissioned blockchain shortly which will encompass KYC (know your customer) and AML (Anti-money laundering) to comply with all present and potential future regulations. We at Scotcoin are well ahead on this track – a committee of MPs has just published a paper daying that crypto currencies and Bitcoin in particular should be regulated.

You can see from the graphic which shows results from our testing that we should be able to do more than 50 transactions per second. We should also be able to confirm transactions in mere seconds, and the power usage should be infinitesimal in comparison to Bitcoin. If we can deploy our new blockchain with these parameters, Scotland will have another world beating industry.

We have several thousand holders of Scotcoin and have holders in more than 50 countries worldwide. On migration to our new blockchain, present holders of Scotcoin will be rewarded for their support by receiving a 4-for-1 bonus, an effective increase in value of up to 5 times.

Yes, you heard that right. I’ll repeat that. An effective increase in value of 5 times. That means if you have £10 of Scotcoin in its present form, in its NEW form you will have £50. So point one, that is how it will be profitable for you in the first instance, as long as you already have Scotcoin, or buy some very shortly.

In respect of point 2, we intend to occupy the social good works ecosystem and our plans are well advanced to do this. Scotcoin has been offered to the Scottish Government and discussions are ongoing. But in essence, the idea is that there will be established a commonweal fund that will be able to be used throughout Scotland to assist where the powers that be may not be able to step up to the mark. The point is that everyone in Scotland should benefit from this fund, and quite frankly this will be helping the Scottish economy to progress in the future.

And finally, point 3. I’m sure you’ve all heard of Social Bite and The Big issue. These organisations help people that have problems to get on their feet again. This is both our goal and our desire. I can think of no better future monument to Scotcoin than if people are able to say, Scotcoin eradicated homelessness in Scotland. And we are in good company here – Jeff Bezos has just announced a $2 billion fund to do exactly that.

So from all our perspectives, let’s pull together to make Scotcoin a World Coin, But with a Scottish Ethos.

And to be clear, what do we mean by a Scottish Ethos? Scotland has a long history of financial innovation and strong security for its money. We aim to keep to these traditions for Scotcoin. But the Scots also have a long and noble tradition of good works, charitable giving, of invention and forward looking. We aim to bring all these to bear by using Scotcoin in a way to enhance people’s lives right here in Scotland.”

ICO? Take care

ICO? Take care…..

A Boston College research paper entitled Digital Tulips has found that fewer than half of all ICO projects survive more than 120 days after the completion of their sales of tokens to the public.

That is really scary. And this fact does not seem to be putting people off. Another $10-12 billion of ICOs will be out there during this year.

I was reflecting on the longevity of Scotcoin.

In the same way that most small businesses go bust within one to three years, it appears that ICOs ( ok it’s digital so it’s faster) go bust in 3-4 months.

It’s not surprising really. Most of them are designed as get rich quick schemes for the perpetrators with no economic or financial sense. That’s why some of the earlier coins and tokens have lasted – they have a purpose and a measurable impact, unlike their imitators. In the same way that it is said there are only 7 plots in total for literature, there may not even be 7 in crypto-currencies.

So Scotcoin, actually in existence for 5 years, is almost a granddaddy. In fact, in terms of country coins we might actually be the oldest – if anyone else knows better please let me know.

But I wanted to reflect on the words of an Economics Professor – Hyman Minsky. Being a true Keynesian myself – and believe me what we have had for a long time is NOT what Keynes said – I find Minsky’s idea of his Financial Instability Hypothesis extremely enticing. Basically he says on the economic upswing, people take greater and greater risks – until the bubble bursts and we end up back down at the bottom of the boom and bust cycle again. Sadly, Gordon Brown no more banished it than controlled it – and then made a mess of the Banks’ recapitalisation. In fact, it means we are on a treadmill we can’t get off. Digital money, espoused by Milton Friedman more than 20 years ago, has enormous attractions when all around is collapsing.

But Minsky said something very wise.

Everyone can create money; the problem is to get it accepted.”

That’s what we are working on at Scotcoin.

 

Scotcoin In The News

Scotcoin In The News:

 

The Herald ran an interesting article on Tuesday on blockchains and potential future uses.

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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney also name checked Scotcoin when talking about increased regulation for cryptocurrencies – he agrees with us, regulation is coming and it’s a positive thing for the industry.

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Cryptocurrency FAQs

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 wallets 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 transactyour 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.

 

 

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Bitcoin versus Scotcoin

bitcoin vs scotcoinI’ve been busy recently with all the work going on in respect of our new private blockchain. Bitcoin of course has continued to rise (and may I say, I told you so every time it “crashed” it was going back up).

But the rise in Bitcoin has had a profound effect which is now changing the very nature of Bitcoin. The last two transactions I have wanted to do have resulted in a charge equivalent to nearly USD 5. That rules Bitcoin out as a currency, and certainly for any transaction less than around $1000. Your cup of coffee at $4 looks rather different when it becomes $9 by the time you pay for it.

Bitcoin transaction charges

How has this happened? It’s all a result of the continuing rise and success of Bitcoin. Not that long ago Bitcoin was way under $1000 – but let’s just take $1000 as the price. The other issue here is the sheer rise in the number of transactions over time – as Bitcoin has continued to soar in value, the absolute number of transactions has as well. The standard charge for a transaction in Bitcoin was (and is) 0.0005 Bitcoin. That equates to 0.50 cents per transaction at $1000 per Bitcoin. True you could pay a higher fee for a quicker transaction or a lower fee if you were not too bothered about when it was confirmed.

Now, with Bitcoin over $7000, although the standard charge is around $3.50, the problem is when you try to do this, the screen will tell you it will take 99 blocks to confirm. What? 99 blocks? That’s up to 17 hours – at least. Everyone wants it quicker so they pay 0.0006 or $4.20. That’s only 15 blocks. OK what about 0.0007, that’s $4.90, and should get you confirmed in 2 to 5 blocks. Great for Miners but absolute rubbish if you are a trader.

Beating Bitcoin charges – Scotcoin’s answer

Sadly, at the moment, Scotcoin has to suffer the same problem as we are part of the Counterparty protocol, running on the Bitcoin Blockchain. One of the reasons for changing to our own private blockchain is to get beyond this bottleneck. I’m not giving too much away to say we have tested transactions in mere seconds on our new blockchain and at a tiny fraction of the costs associated with Bitcoin. There’s still a long way to go to say that this will pertain at full scale capacity, but our transaction speed is already going to be a huge magnitude better than the 7 transactions per second on Bitcoin.

So please bear with us as we do our best to improve the world’s experience of digital currencies. We will get there and you will love it.

Scotcoin launches new vendors accepting Scotcoin!

SCOTCOIN accepted here

Update from Scotcoin HQ:

 

We’ve been pretty busy over the last few months – and as cryptocurrencies continue to gain more traction, Scotcoin has benefited from the resulting publicity. More countries worldwide are taking digital currency seriously and want to be able to legitimise its trade. Scotcoin remains at the forefront of this with our Anti-Money-Laundering compliant exchange.

We’ve also been engaging with a number of big-name companies, both inside Scotland and internationally.

Scotcoin is now in major talks with one of the largest hotel chains in the world! Not only that, but we are also talking to:

  • cab companies
  • estate agents
  • retailers of all sizes and many many more!

 

WATCH THIS SPACE!

 

Your Scotcoin is now worth more!

SCOTCOIN INCREASES IN VALUE: Following a hike in the value of Bitcoin, Scotcoin too is enjoying an uplift in value… But how do it actually work?  With respected financial journalists such as Ed Conway of The Times writing headlines such as “Bitcoin could turn capitalism on its head“, economists now predict that cryptocurrency has the potential to bypass governments and the digital media giants to become the new power behind big decisions not just in financial markets but in many different areas of life.

How is cryptocurrency valued?

Simply put, cryptocurrencies are worth what someone is willing to pay for them – just as any other asset is valued, such as house prices or stocks or traditional currencies.

In the case of cryptocurrencies the value is usually derived from exchanges (very similar to traditional stock exchanges) where bids are placed for buying and selling an asset and an average value is therefore established for that stock.

As a Bitcoin backed asset that uses the Bitcoin blockchain via Counterparty, the rising prices of BTC and XCP thus increases the value of Scotcoin.  So with 1 BTC now costing over £2,000, the price of Scotcoin being based on BTC has gone up.  Effectively your Scotcoin is now worth more!

What sort of an investment is Scotcoin?

So if you bought just £100 of Scotcoin just 2 years ago, it’s now worth over £20,000.  The Scotcoin Project CIC as a non-profit company, will continue to spread the word about Scotcoin, increase the users, find new merchants willing to accept Scotcoin as a trade, and promote the use of cryptocurrencies in Scotland generally.

Where can I buy Scotcoin?

When The Scotcoin Project first launched, one of the main questions we got asked was: “How can I buy Scotcoin?”  People didn’t necessarily want to set up trading accounts and buy Bitcoin then transfer it into Scotcoin, so we set up a very simple £ to SCOT exchange.  You can access it here and buy directly from £ to SCOT:

https://exchange.scotcoinproject.com/

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Meet Up Q&A

Wednesday’s Meet-Up hosted at University of Strathclyde’s Business School had some really interesting questions from the crowd, so we wanted to share them:

 

  • What is the blockchain?
When people talk about “the blockchain” they are usually referring to the most famous blockchain’s Bitcoin’s blockchain. But blockchains can exist for all sorts of other purposes, and essentially it’s a distributed ledger to store information which is verified by consensus.
  • How do you value Scotcoin?

Scotcoin is valued on the price that people are willing to pay – just like any other traditional currency like UK£ or US$. People bid on prices and currencies go up and down in value. Scotcoin is listed on various worldwide exchanges, but the easiest way to get hold of Scotcoin is buying via our Exchange.

 

  • Why would people use digital currency as opposed to normal currency?

Traditional banking takes 3 days to clear and relies on manual checking by a third party (i.e. a bank) whereas digital currency is validated automatically within minutes on the Bitcoin blockchain so fraud is immediately obvious and there are low handling costs. Transaction fees are around 80p per transaction, whereas credit/debit card fees are often a percentage of the total purchase.

 

  • What’s your vision for how BTC and other digital currencies will be able to increase the speed of transactions to compete with regular credit cards?

Currently, the blockchain can only process a maximum of 12 transactions a second, whereas credit card processors can do up to 70,000 per second – so we have some work to do to increase the efficiency of the Bitcoin blockchain.

 

  • How do you see the upcoming hard fork in Bitcoin affecting you?

It won’t, we will go with majority consensus.

Scotcoin Project News Coverage

Further to our press release on last month, we’ve had some great coverage which explains a little more about the Scotcoin Project and what we’re all about: