HIVE As Stock HBD As Currency

Not all tokens are the same.

This is something that we are quickly learning. We know there are different tokens with associated use cases. For this reason, it is best to frame things in ways that could be helpful.

In this article we are going to look at the two coins that are native to the Hive blockchain. We will discuss the difference between the two and how each is applicable.

Cryptocurrency is rapidly becomes a wide and varied industry. For this reason, it is important to note some of the changes that took place. Many evolutions have taken certain ideas away from their original intent.

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Medium Of Exchange

One of the primary characteristics of money is functioning as a medium of exchange. This is naturally crucial since humanity developed this technology as a replacement for the barter system. Hence, people need to be willing to part with the medium when the situation calls for it.

In our present system, the typical solution for this is the USD, EURO, or YEN. Depending upon where one is located, the currency of that country, often defined as "legal tender" accounts for the majority of transactions. This is true whether it is happening in physical or digital form.

We also know the global leader in this area is the US Dollar. As the "reserve currency", the majority of transactions occur using this medium. There is another component, investment and funding, which see the lion's share happening using this also.

Finally, we get the unit of account. Here is where the USD is entering cryptocurrency. Since most of the world is familiar with a dollar, it is an easy conversion. Most are aware of how many US Dollars are in a barrel of oil. They also can figure out how many in a tuna fish sandwich. Outside of Japan, how many know the YEN it takes for either of these.

Within the cryptocurrency realm, stablecoins are garnering a lot of attention. On Hive, there is a lot of focus upon the Hive Backed Dollar. The stablecoin market is close to topping $200 billion.

This is very important since stablecoins are taking on the role as medium of exchange. Here is where cryptocurrency can enter the realm of investing and funding. Whereas "traditional" cryptocurrency found HODLers, stablecoins are viewed from a totally different perspective.

Characteristics Of Stock

One of the reasons the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is so up in arms about cryptocurrency is most take on some characteristics of stock. This is a viewpoint that is only reinforced by crypto users in general.

Let us look at it from this perspective. How many people are looking for the USD or EURO to moon? Do they use the term skyrocket or 10x with either of those? Unless someone is an active FOREX trader, most do not.

What are those terms applied to? Certainly, a case could be made this is common with stocks. People are looking to "buy low and sell high". They want the price to "moon". Many are speculating on multiple X gains, hoping to get rich off a few different stocks.

This is evidence that people, perhaps without knowing it, see cryptocurrency in a similar manner to stock. We know Wall Street is taking that approach, embracing it as simple another asset.

Diamond Paws is another phrase that is common in the world of investing. It refers to those who are dedicated to a particular asset and will HODL through all market volatility. While this could be a part of FOREX, again, we see this a lot in the stock market.

Where else is it commonplace? Of course, it penetrated the world of cryptocurrency.

Another question: when people mention diamond paws, are they referring to stablecoins?

Not likely.

The other fact is that, typically, cryptocurrency, especially base layer coins, do carry some type of influence on chain. There are certain rights that go along with staking the token. Again, we see this more in line with stock as compared to a currency like the USD or EURO.

As the market cap of a token goes up, one's holding goes along with it. The same is not true for a stablecoin. The price is mostly fixed yet the supply changes. With the typical cryptocurrency, market cap changes see the supply relatively stable while the USD (or whatever is being used) price fluctuates.

While a cryptocurrency does not convey the rights to future profits like a stock does, there is little doubt some attributes are similar.

HIVE As Stock HBD As Currency

Bringing it around to the Hive blockchain, we can see how this applies.

The base coin, HIVE, does carry with it some utility once it is staked. They are:

  • the ability to vote in governance matters
  • earn a APR on the staked amount (yield)
  • provides access to the blockchain
  • partake in the determining of the reward pool through one's curation

Obviously there are a few characteristics that are different from a stock but we can see how the influence is based upon one's holding. Also, as the price of HIVE goes up, the value of each individual's wallet will move accordingly.

With HBD it is different. This is designed to be pegged where each HBD is worth $1 of HIVE. While this can fluctuate due to market conditions, we see how it holds for the most part.

Thus, HBD is emerging as the choice for medium of exchange. If one has to purchase an item, this is likely to be the preferred choice. After all, what will the $5 in HBD be worth in a year? The answer is that it will likely be $5.

Flipping it around, what will $5 of HIVE be worth in a year? Nobody knows. It could be worth $2, or $20. This is like asking how much will a share of Tesla or Amazon be a year from now.

In a follow up article, we will look at how each coin will impact future development and expansion. Understanding the roles each seems to be taking on is important to determine the future steps.

For now, we can see this attributes forming, with each following different paths.


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I wish hbd can be used to make payment like a medium of exchange.. that will be so easy for one to operate

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This is depending on the acceptance of the people. We need stores and services, where Hive Dollars (HBD) is accepted. If they decide to accept Huve Dollars (HBD), then it can be done. If anyone cares, then I would gladly accept both my salaries and my pension-like income too in Hive Dollars (HBD). Everything is depending on how much the people are willing to accept Hive Dollars (HBD).

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If it is actually accepted I will be so happy also because it will make spending so easy

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People need to build out applications for that. Ragnarok is going to accept it as the token for purchase of in game assets.

Hopefully there are many others that start to incorporate it in. Outside of that, it is up to individual entrepreneurs and business owners to start accepting it.

We truly do need a Hive Store.

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Wao that's nice.. It would be so easy to get their token then.. seriously we truly need it by then o e won't be bothered about turning hbd or hive to money because you will be able to do that straight..

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I think Hivelist has store functionality. I might be releasing some anti-bank merchandise on there.

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Wao. Thats good to know but. It can't be everywhere in the world

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HIVE is the deep utility asset of the blockchain: tracking value based on the growth and usage of the ecosystem.

HBD is the debt created by that chain to more easily track, store and transact value.

I think the ecosystem of Hive is one of the most robust and diverse out there. We’ve all known this with all the Hive-based projects, interfaces, etc. that are built here. The 20% on-chain savings rate just deployed one of the most valuable use cases in this industry that every whale out there is looking for.

We need to make HBD more accessible and bring it to the masses of DeFi. It’s so underrated but hard to use and get a hold of. PHBD solves this but we need to keep stacking the liquidity in there

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I think the ecosystem of Hive is one of the most robust and diverse out there.

This is so true, if we look deeply at the entire Hive ecosystem it amazes me on how much this chain can do and achieve, it remains to just make the best out of it.

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Khal is right. We need to keep it growing. There is a lot that can feed into it. Polycub is inserting itself in the middle of things. This means we have to keep adding where we can. It is vital that the LPs keep experiencing consistent growth.

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Very true. A lot of different directions that HBD needs attention and the liquidity pool is just one of them. It is the chicken or the egg: need more HBD to get more liquidity; need more liquidity for people to use HBD.

Sadly there are no shortcuts. We just need to keep the push going towards $500K and then move on to $1M from there.

I just added pHIVE to that pool; help get that going a bit.

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Stablecoins did get some attention recently and if we could work on HBD as well bringing it to the rest of blockchain users could turn the tables for Hive..

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We are working on it. There is a lot being done. People naturally need to step up and start the process of moving it forward. We all need to do what we can each day to help it along.

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Very informative if Hive and HBD are technically border line stocks (if that's the comparison) its plain to see future regulation or evrn bans in this activity. Im not saying crypto can be stopped but in the end Uncle Sam will come for his share. It happens to all great kingdoms. Do you not believe there is a select group planning these situations out. We can already see this being done with KYC regulations on most non decentralized exchanges. Peace and keep up the hard work.😇😇😇😇

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To start, I didnt say both were. I said that HIVE has some characteristics of stocks especially how people approach them.

How do you have KYC on a decentralized token like HBD and HIVE? Plus with liquidity pools forming, there is no KYC there. With the Polycub adds, both can be swapped for any Polygon token (or vice versa).

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I'm not really talking about Hive, but where decentralization is going. You are correct! I'm just talking about crypto in general (like the ripple situation). I'm not trying to say the whole crypto space is only out for there own interest. It's just situations like steemit and mount gox can give crypto a bad title sometimes. But all in all you do have a point on the approach of crypto. There are similarities to the stock market!! Anyways keep up thd hard work and peace much luck to you!✌✌

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thanks for the information to clarify more about hive and hbd

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I agree that Hive is more similar to stock and HBD as currency. In that case, what would a meme coin be represented as? I have a feeling it would be stock as well.

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In that case, what would a meme coin be represented as?

Good question. Maybe play/prop money. Monopoly money. Haha.

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How is HBD compared to other algorithmic stable coins?
Do you think cryptocurrencies(stable coins) have to be as useful as everyday use to call them successful or current situation is good enough? I(still a newbie) think Hive and HBD have very good potential unless they have serious flaw that critics can point out.

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if I understand you @taskmaster4450... you are making a case for why HBD and crypto in general is seen as stock... Yeah?

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This is a dangerous idea to hold, especially to users in the United States. The United States does not view unregistered stocks favorably. Even though the term might be correct, the usability of Hive in the USA will go down. Honestly some states are defying the SEC and FINCEN rulings. That scares me a lot though. I want to see cryptocurrency succeed in the original version, not the scattered regulations that impede on free buying and selling. Hive is a pain to buy for a reasonable price in the USA, same with Polygon. Will Hive be attacked by the SEC when they realize the true nature? I don't know honestly

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Our HBD is hokey pokey compared to the overall stable coin market and need to somehow get a percentage of this as this market is only going to grow from here.

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Having some similar characteristics, HIVE acts like stock. On the other hand, HBD can be used as a currency. From this viewpoint, it seems you are looking at the stock market. The good thing is, what people usually apply to trade and invest in the stock market, they use those strategies in cryptos.

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