BitCoin presentation for UTFCU Board of Directors


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BitCoin presentation for UTFCU Board of Directors

  1. 1. A BINARY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS A presentation on Bitcoin for UTFCU SpringTraining 2014 by Jonathan Mills Patrick Blowing Rock, NC
  3. 3. WHAT IS A BITCOIN?  Peer-to-peer payment system and digital currency that is independent of central control  21MM Bitcoins exist - @12MM are in circulation 
  4. 4. HOW DOYOU GET THEM?  Can be purchase for dollars, euros, yen (initially, now banned), and others  “Mined” by performing high speed calculations  Earned by accepting them as payment  From ATMs
  5. 5. What can you buy?  Pizza  Rent a limo  Love (OKCupid)  Camouflage hoodies (seriously?)  A mansion in Bali
  6. 6. PROSVERSUS CONS Advantages Disadvantages  Payment freedom - It is possible to send and receive any amount of money instantly anywhere in the world at any time. No bank holidays. No borders. No imposed limits. Bitcoin allows its users to be in full control of their money.  Very low fees - Bitcoin payments are currently processed with either no fees or extremely small fees. Users may include fees with transactions to receive priority processing, which results in faster confirmation of transactions by the network. Additionally, merchant processors exist to assist merchants in processing transactions, converting bitcoins to fiat currency and depositing funds directly into merchants' bank accounts daily. As these services are based on Bitcoin, they can be offered for much lower fees than with PayPal or credit card networks.  Fewer risks for merchants - Bitcoin transactions are secure, irreversible, and do not contain customers’ sensitive or personal information. This protects merchants from losses caused by fraud or fraudulent chargebacks, and there is no need for PCI compliance. Merchants can easily expand to new markets where either credit cards are not available or fraud rates are unacceptably high. The net results are lower fees, larger markets, and fewer administrative costs.  Security and control - Bitcoin users are in full control of their transactions; it is impossible for merchants to force unwanted or unnoticed charges as can happen with other payment methods. Bitcoin payments can be made without personal information tied to the transaction. This offers strong protection against identity theft. Bitcoin users can also protect their money with backup and encryption.  Transparent and neutral - All information concerning the Bitcoin money supply itself is readily available on the block chain for anybody to verify and use in real-time. No individual or organization can control or manipulate the Bitcoin protocol because it is cryptographically secure. This allows the core of Bitcoin to be trusted for being completely neutral, transparent and predictable.  Degree of acceptance - Many people are still unaware of Bitcoin. Every day, more businesses accept bitcoins because they want the advantages of doing so, but the list remains small and still needs to grow in order to benefit from network effects.  Volatility - The total value of bitcoins in circulation and the number of businesses using Bitcoin are still very small compared to what they could be. Therefore, relatively small events, trades, or business activities can significantly affect the price. In theory, this volatility will decrease as Bitcoin markets and the technology matures. Never before has the world seen a start-up currency, so it is truly difficult (and exciting) to imagine how it will play out.  Ongoing development - Bitcoin software is still in beta with many incomplete features in active development. New tools, features, and services are being developed to make Bitcoin more secure and accessible to the masses. Some of these are still not ready for everyone. Most Bitcoin businesses are new and still offer no insurance. In general, Bitcoin is still in the process of maturing.
  7. 7. NEGATIVE PRESS  Charles Schrem – arrested by Feds for reportedly facilitating drug transactions in the black market to utilize his exchange  Mt. Gox – “lost” $450MM worth; but later “found” 116MM worth in an old wallet format
  9. 9. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE?  Regulation  Few…yet  “FinCen” (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) – but only if an MSP