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10 alternative currencies, from Bitcoin to BerkShares to sweat to laundry detergent

10 alternative currencies, from Bitcoin to BerkShares to sweat to laundry detergent

Bitcoin. The world’s best-performing currency, according to Kemp-Robertson, Bitcoin ’s value is tied to the performance of a computer network. It’s “completely decentralized—that’s the sort of scary thing about this—which is why it’s so popular,” Kemp-Robertson says. “It’s private, it’s anonymous, it’s fast, and it’s cheap.” Bitcoin is a case study in the increasing desire to place trust in technology over traditional institutions like banks. . Litecoins. A virtual currency based on the Bitcoin model, Litecoins have a higher limit: “The number of coins that can be mined is capped at 21 million Bitcoins and 84 million Litecoins,” explained a recent Wall Street Journal post , which also noted that Bitcoins are worth more and currently accepted more widely. . BerkShares. While Bitcoin and Litecoins are worldwide currencies, BerkShares are hyper-local: they’re only accepted in...

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