Resetting Stored Value. The Decentralization of Central Banking
I am happy to take the time to prepare this as I believe this is a story that not only needs be shared but looked at from a standpoint on how the world’s central banks are both constructed, compromised and corrupted. Regardless of whether you are a participant or curious onlooker it’s important to note that during this next wave of “decentralizing things”, we as a community need to be able to freely and openly discuss the impact that successful projects bring to the global sustainability and consensus model in which we are all a part of. As we move closer and closer to massive commercial adoption and institutional acceptance of our token economy, it is our opinion that companies like Kinesis, who are well on the way of achieving what they set out to do, can help the entire community via a community voice.
As a matter of disclosure, our company was brought in to help drive both awareness and conversation on not only the project and the value it can create, but one that can be scaled to prudentially run a sovereign banking system in a decentralized world. As we are on the front lines of this process, I decided to curate an open Q&A on the project which I hope at a minimum gets you to unlock your own thought process on this colossal shift in today’s current monetary systems encompassing the entire crypto economy.
Q&A Interview by Bryan Feinberg
Q: On issuances of KAU & KAG will Kinesis be releasing information as to the acquire silver and gold before token release? I’m thinking creators will be long on Bitcoin hence this could be used to manipulate Bitcoin prices in their favor, as with Tether?
Q: Do they hold the gold & silver themselves or outsource security? Or is the physical gold and silver digitalized and used as per the persons wishes who digitalized? Could a consumer use this currency in place of a pawn-shop, in that if I had a gold necklace and needed cash, instead of pawning it, I could trade it with Kinesis for coins?
A:All Kinesis currency holders have allocated title to the physical gold or silver underlying their respective currencies. Allocated title means the gold or silver is stored on your behalf at the vault. Neither Kinesis, the vault, or any other party has a proprietary interest in the gold. This removes the often-significant counterparty risk which is presented in many other forms of precious metal investment. Indeed, subject to minimum withdrawal amounts, Kinesis currency holders are able to redeem their currencies for the physical bullion. This allocated ownership via Kinesis can be contrasted with unallocated gold or silver investments, whereby the metal remains the property of the company selling the gold or silver contract, with the purchaser merely becoming a creditor of that party. The seller may not actually own sufficient metal to fully back all metal sold, presenting counterparty risk to the purchaser.
Metal introduced to the ecosystem is subject to the ABX Quality assurance framework. It is done in the form of recognized gold and silver bars, not necklaces or otherwise. This ensures liquidity for the underlying metal. Requirements for depositing can be found here: https://www.abx.com/d/QualityAssuranceFramework.pdf
Q: Do the debit cards work with existing merchants card processors?
A:Yes, Visa and Mastercard.
Q: As a competitor of Bitcoin etc., how does your marketing strategy differ from any other alt-coin? I appreciate this is asset-backed crypto so there is a difference, however in terms of adoption, I don’t see alt-coins doing enough of the right type of marketing in the space. I think criminals and computer programmers drive demand in Bitcoin which is followed by Libertarians and speculative investors.
A:Precious Metals: Precious metals and many other physical assets have no yield attached to them – they instead typically cost money to hold securely. Precious metals stored in vaults have no liquidity – they cannot be used as they currencies they once were. Kinesis gives yield to these precious metals, incentivizing their use and velocity by attaching multiple types of yield for varying degrees of passive or active participation. The Kinesis debit card allows for instant conversion of KAU and KAG into fiat currency anywhere in the world where Visa / Mastercard is accepted, even allowing Kinesis currency holders to withdraw funds at an ATM.
Cryptocurrency market: Cryptocurrencies suffer from severe price volatility, limiting their utility as a currency. Slow speed of transactions and high, fixed processing fees limit the everyday use of existing cryptocurrencies. There is a big use case for those invested in existing alternative ‘stable coins’, too. The high transaction speed, percentage-based fee model, physical asset stability and yield associated with KAU and KAG are incentives for crypto traders and holders to replace questionably-backed and non-yield-bearing stable coins with the Kinesis currencies.
Fiat Currency: With global low to negative interest rates, bail-in provisions, depositors’ insurance being removed, and with banks holding legal title to their customer deposits, it makes little sense to choose risk and nil-to-negative return over the alternative Kinesis system with negligible risk and high potential for return.
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