Cryptocurrencies and Hard Assets

Featuring James Cox

James Cox, Co-Founder of Ripple Singapore, speaks to Real Vision on the intersection of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin with hard assets such as gold and silver, and how decentralization and a central ledger can make currency manipulation a thing of the past.

Published on
9 January, 2015
39 minutes
Asset class


  • RC

    Ryan C.

    19 6 2017 14:46

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    The trust in the central ledger is too great. I think Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies are too vulnerable to hacking. Therefore no mass adoption IMHO.

  • DS

    David S.

    20 6 2016 07:12

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    If Bitcoin is transparent, it is possible that governments might embrace it. They can see where the Bitcoins came from and who received them. Further, Bitcoin users will know that their transactions are transparent. They will have to use other methods to cheat.

  • RB

    Randy B.

    7 11 2015 02:15

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    The question about what happens to Bitcoin or Ripple when it begins to infringe upon the power of Governments was really not answered. That is why I still think crypto-currencies remain a huge gamble

  • JR

    Jeff R.

    5 6 2015 20:41

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    If you need a third-party to certify things -- such as the backing of the bitcoin by gold -- then how is this a trustless system? I think the explanation in laymen terms needs to be revisited.

  • JR

    Jeff R.

    5 6 2015 20:34

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    When it is said that everyone agrees to the legitimacy of transactions on a blockchain what does this mean? If Joe sells Bob his car using bitcoins, how can everyone agree that its legit?

  • DF

    Dominic F.

    2 6 2015 09:45

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    If the banks are getting on board to ride the Ripple forget about honesty and integrity. In the type of world being talked about here we won't need money, everything will be free.

  • KC

    Ken C.

    20 1 2015 19:50

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    Bitcoin is fascinating. I don't quite understand it, yet, but am getting there. I would like to see many more interviews on the subject, especially ones that are more primer oriented.

  • RO

    Robert O.

    18 1 2015 06:57

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    Crytocurrencies should be designed with the assumption that governments are not going to be honest or fair. Otherwise, these currencies would be destined to fail, while gold and silver will survive.

  • sp

    shashwat p.

    16 1 2015 03:59

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    Wow. First time I have been blown away by a Bitcoin piece. Thanks

  • CC

    Christopher C.

    10 1 2015 17:40

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    My question is perhaps "bit" more germane. If owning a printing press grants you power why would allow a challenger to your power?

  • JA

    Jack A.

    10 1 2015 07:10

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    Biggest obstacle is that it is technology based and most people with assets and money are older and don't trust technology because they don't have an intuitive understanding of it.

  • JA

    John A.

    9 1 2015 09:16

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    Profound. I will have to checkout this Ripple, and his book on Bitcoin. It seems like a good idea to get to know these things because moving money quickly outside the system might be a priority soon