Will cryptocurrencies follow the path of baseball cards, or gold bullion?
Virtual currencies have taken a lot of heat for their lack of “intrinsic value” ”” and the fact that you can’t physically touch a Bitcoin or a Dogecoin probably doesn’t help to allay that criticism. But does a currency’s real worth come from any practical value it has, or from the simple fact that it’s been agreed upon as a unit of exchange? While cryptocurrencies probably aren’t going to unseat their more established physical counterparts or “take over the world” any time soon, they don’t have to in order to play a useful role in payments. In our latest article on Bank Innovation, we take a look at one likely future for a growing phenomenon that’s still not widely understood.