Understanding LIBRA through CoinGecko's Q2 Report

in coingecko •  last year 

@coingecko has been developing steadily and has grown into a leading source of information both here on STEEM and the crypto world in general. While I am going to base this post on their coverage of helping us to understand Facebook's Libra initiative, there is a multitude of valuable slides and information contained in their latest report. You can find the report in its entirety here:

CoinGecko Quarterly Report for Q2 2019

I'm sure by now everyone has heard of Libra and know that it is connected to Facebook. Until I read this report, I really hadn't delved too much into the specifics. CoinGecko has made the information very accessible and understandable.

Libra is touted as being "for the world" and a "simple global currency".

The first fact that I had wrong in my mind is that I thought Facebook owned Libra and it does NOT. Libra runs on its own blockchain which is overseen by the Libra Association. The Association is a nonprofit organization based in Switzerland. It calls itself a nonprofit organization, but at the right of the slide, you see the MEMBERS of the association. All big money corporations, among them being the two major credit card companies (Visa and Mastercard), PayPal and Stripe. The major player in the crypto world is Coinbase. So, a nonprofit association ran by all the usual corporate players.

On the other hand, we also see who is NOT a member of the Association. No Google, Amazon, Microsoft, no banking institutions and no government bodies. Again, not surprising. Banking and government want to keep control of any kind of currency, not decentralize it.

On CoinGecko's next slide we see a little bit about the mechanics of the blockchain. I was interested to know if I could buy Libra and stake it or run a node for the blockchain. In other words, can the little guy average investor get in on this opportunity? And the answer is NO. The blockchain will be maintained by Validator Nodes ran by - you got it - members of the Libra Association.

There will be a Libra Investment Token that will generate interest. Ok then, can we buy some of those? Make an investment that way? Again, the answer is NO. Libra Investment Tokens will only be available to members of the Libra Association and accredited investors. An accredited investor is generally someone who has a net worth exceeding $1 million or earns an income surpassing $250,000 ($300,000 if combined with a spouse) during the last two years.) And to become a member of the Libra Association the price of admission is $10M, which equals ONE vote.

To top off this stellar lineup Facebook will maintain the key leadership role through 2019.

So, for me, I've learned enough about Libra. I tip my hat to CoinGecko for the fantastic amount of information contained in their quarterly reports and the fact that it's presented in such a way that it's easy to understand for those of us not on the professional level.

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Thx for giving some insight!

This is VERY good information. I was under the impression that Libra was a crypto currency that facebook would use to pay people for posting. Thanks for setting the record straight.

Very suspect is Libra, they say permissioned now but will become permissionless, whatever that means, though who can trust this bunch of big corporations?
They want us to use Libra to send money via their WhatsApp channel, like a PayPal. But they will simply collect not only our personal data but now also our financial data - who we pay, where we shop, and use all that data to target us relentlessly with ads, or keep track to see if we are good citizens in of the state.
By the way, I've never seen EIGHT tags before on a post, how on earth, must be a record? What happened to the limit of five?

In other words, they want institutional investment first before controlling just how much they give to every one else. Hmm... and I don't think Libra or Facebook will be looking to use their currency to reward content creation in the same way steem does? Not that I'd go back to FB particularly.

Thanks for sharing the basic insights you gathered from Coin Gecko.

What is really interesting is that Libra will be backed by a basket of currencies... which is what I think the US is really worried about. After the Great Depression and Second World War, the prevailing idea was to set up the world economic order (suggested by Keynes I think...) with a basket of world currencies (Bancor?) to act as the world reserve currency... thus not enabling any one country to gain too much of an economic advantage by acting as the single world reserve currency.... somehow, that didn't happen, and the USD was set up as the world reserve...

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