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Australia To Get Its First Stablecoin Next Year

Next year, Australia will get its first stablecoin developed in partnership between a local exchange and a crypto employment platform.

The Emparta infrastructure empowers employers and job-seekers with instant onboarding and optional payments in cryptocurrency, allowing businesses to identify, select, and onboard employees. The company will combine with crypto exchange Bit Trade to release the coin according to an announcement made this week.

Bit Trade has announced that it wants to be the first one in Australia to use the virtual currency, suggesting that due to its value being backed by an underlying asset it will be less liable to volatility. Bit Trade’s managing director Jonathon Miller sees the stablecoin doing as its name suggests in a fluctuating crypto market. He commented:

“Stablecoins solve one of the principal issues that may drive investors seeking steady returns and merchants that currently accept traditional currency away from digital currencies: volatility.”

Miller sees such coins as going a long way to promoting further interest in the country’s already flourishing crypto market, given that the regulatory environment continues to move in the right direction. Currently, Australians are showing more interest in cryptocurrencies, with recent figures from HiveEX showing that those ‘hodling’ crypto assets have increased from 5% in January to 13.5% when the figures were reviewed in August of this year. Bit Trade’s chief added that this level of adoption could well continue with such introductions into the market:

“We believe that stablecoins will boost trust, accelerate wide-spread adoption, and could function as the backbone of blockchain-based financial applications, especially here in Australia given the favourable regulatory environment.”

In order to back the stablecoin with Australian dollars, the first treasury of the new stable coin would be held in Australia, the AUD-backed coin being redeemable on demand. Currently, there are other stablecoins available along with Tether, including the newly announced Gemini Dollar.

This stablecoin, launched by the Winklevoss twins, will allow users a one to one exchange on the US dollar on the Ethereum blockchain. They commented on the approval, suggesting that their thinking behind Gemini was a “first step… making it safe and easy to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrencies”.

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Number of Australian Crypto ‘Hodlers’ Tripled Since January

Results from a recent study show that the number of Australian citizens with some form of crypto asset holdings has tripled since the beginning of 2018.

The survey was conducted by cryptocurrency trading brokerage HiveEx, which found the number of Australians ‘hodling’ crypto assets to have increased from 5% in January to 13.5% when it was reviewed in August. The survey further revealed that 50% of these individuals had these crypto holdings for investment purposes, whereas 34% said it was due to FOMO, and 26% replied that they were saving for retirement. Over a third of the respondents said that they planned to use cryptocurrency to pay their tax bill, and 80% claimed that they would be happy to use it in their day to day spendings if it were easy to do as in the case of local fiat.

The responses from Australian citizens who did not own any cryptocurrency were not as positive. While 65% of them said this was because they did not understand it or how to use it, one in five said they thought it was either a scam or a bubble.

Growing crypto infrastructure in Australia

One of the country’s youngest self-made millionaires and entrepreneur Fred Schebesta does not think the year’s relatively poor market performance has deterred investors. As a co-founder of HiveEx, he said that interest in cryptocurrency is actually far higher now than during the bull run in the latter part of 2017.

“At its core, you’ve got to remember, just because the price of bitcoin has gone down and people feel angry, that doesn’t reduce the interest,” Schebesta said speaking to a local news outlet. He continued on to compare Bitcoin to gold, speculating that it will continue to be a valued resource, standing the test of time.

Similar to the internet in 1996, Schebesta believes interest levels are ”100% growing.” To help provide for the growing sector, he plans to build what he calls a ”crypto bank of Australia” and offer custodianship, cold storage, escrow and exchange services.

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