More People Prefer to Pay With Crypto Than Cash or Payment Cards, AEVI's Survey Suggests

  • AEVI, developer of an open payments ecosystem, asked its Twitter followers which payment method - cash, devices, cards, crypto - they prefer.
  • So far, 65% have said they would use cryptocurrencies.

AEVI, a German financial services company that aims to provide a global open ecosystem of payments, asked its followers via Twitter who they think will win the “payments race” this year.

Although there are still two days left to respond to the survey, the majority of respondents, 65% so far, have said they would prefer to use cryptocurrencies over all other payment options.

"Real-World Challenges Of Everyday Transactions"

The “payments race” has been launched by Money20/20, a global event for fintechs and financial services/payments providers, and Fintech Finance, a small company that works with “prominent” executives to produce online content.

According to Money20/20, the purpose of the payments race is to increase awareness about “the real-world challenges of everyday transactions.” In order to test which “financial systems” work best, the participants in the race may only use “a single form of payment for the duration of the race to pay for their travel and expenses.”

Interestingly, AEVI’s survey results also show that credit or debit cards are still preferred by more users when paying for everyday purchases compared to paying by scanning QR codes through devices like smartphones. So far, 17% of AEVI’s survey respondents have said they would recommend using payment cards while only 10% preferred using devices for daily purchases.

XRP Preferred

Notably, AEVI’s survey also revealed that very few people prefer to pay with cash as only 7% have so far said they would still use cash for all their purchases. As CryptoGlobe reported on October 14, Wirex, a commission-free platform for buying, selling, and storing crypto assets and fiat currency with over 1.8 million users, had asked its followers which of the following cryptocurrencies they would use for the payments race: bitcoin (BTC), ethereum (ETH), ripple (XRP), litecoin (LTC).

Significantly, 81% of respondents said they would recommend using XRP, 10% preferred BTC, 6% said they’d use LTC, and only 3% wanted to use ETH for daily purchases. Weiss Ratings, LLC, a research and analysis firm for consumers and businesses, had also polled its followers by asking them if they would use BTC, XRP, Cardano (ADA), or EOS for payments.

Out of over 5,000 people who responded to Weiss’ survey, nearly three out of four, or 74%, said they would prefer paying with XRP, 13% wanted to pay with ADA, 10% with BTC, and only 3% said EOS.

Ideally, users would prefer a payment method which is cost-effective, fast, and easy-to-use. As CryptoGlobe covered on October 19, Michael Arrington, a prominent investor and the founder of TechCrunch, claimed to have transferred $50 million using XRP in a transaction that only took two seconds to process.

Neutral Dollar Stablecoin Founder Explains How to Access Shared Liquidity Pools

Matthew Branton, the Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Neutral, a smart contract-enabled platform that provides various financial instruments for the cryptocurrency industry, has predicted that stablecoins will have “a tremendous impact on the future economy.”

Branton, a computer science graduate from Lafayette College, told CryptoGlobe that stablecoins offer “access to a digital currency that can enable payments, credit, and banking services which many people don't have access to.”

According to Branton:

[Stablecoins are] innovative digital assets [that] will help lower the barriers for [major financial] applications and [they will also] help people transact in value [systems] they are familiar with, such as the USD [and other fiat currencies.]

“Cultivating Healthy Dialogue to Help Build Wider Understanding” of Stablecoin Market

In response to a question about how the traditional financial system could be upgraded (in terms of both the regulatory framework and technological infrastructure) so that it can allow users to legally acquire stablecoins and other digital assets, Branton remarked:

In order to ensure that regulation evolves in tandem with advances in financial technology (FinTech), dialogue between regulators and innovators is essential. Cultivating a healthy dialogue among fintech project [developers], stakeholders and regulators of traditional finance will help build wider understanding of the benefits of stablecoins, and in turn accelerate the creation of regulation and infrastructure that accommodates stablecoins in the global economy.

Neutral Dollar Aims to Provide “Diversified Exposure” to Investors at “Lower Risk”

When asked what unique value proposition the Neutral Dollar stablecoin offers, which may not currently be available in the cryptoasset market, and how this is supposed to be relevant and useful, Branton said:

The Neutral dollar provides diversified exposure, presenting a lower risk alternative against other stablecoins (which contrary to their name, may not exhibit stability) in the market. In addition, the Neutral Dollar functions in a way that creates an additional layer that allows for shared liquidity amongst constituents stablecoins, a property that isn't inherent in their design. Given the fragmented and nascent nature of the crypto market structure right now, this solution is particularly relevant and unique in the marketplace.

Responding to a question about the potential impact he expects his company’s line of products to have on the cryptoasset market, Branton stated:

The impact of our products is to not only give end-users a better means to invest, trade, or hedge cryptoassets, but to also facilitate liquidity and engage in better portfolio management practices through our products. In order for the digital asset space to reach its full potential, the industry needs reliable financial instruments that take us beyond the limitations of fiat currencies, while also upholding the highest standards in stability and transparency. In the longer term, we plan to explore the launch of a suite of financial products to improve market infrastructure and activity.

Digital Asset Security Is “Quite Solid”

Commenting on how we can ensure the security of our assets, including stablecoins users might acquire, since the technology used to transact in these assets is highly technical, Branton noted:

Given that collateral is on-chain and smart contract based, security is decentralized in nature and quite solid. Asset safety is still the responsibility of the end-user — crypto-storage extends beyond the case of stablecoins and Neutral Dollar itself.

He added: “Ultimately, once a Neutral Dollar token is deployed on smart contract networks, it will function completely autonomously. The math and algorithms that govern its operation will operate independently of a centralized entity and in a transparent manner, and provide continuous services on the network.”