Ido Sadeh Man, founder of the global stabilized digital currency, Saga, spoke with Cointelegraph in an interview on May 15. During the interview, he said that a digital currency backed by a basket of strong fiat currencies could be used as a tool to help mitigate the effects of hyperinflation on individuals' asset value.
Money printing isn’t sustainable
Ido believes that the hyperinflation being induced by central banks will lead to problems down the road. He said:
“It is a solution that will bring very undesirable results In the long run.”
However, according to Ido, a basket of currencies would be inherently more fluctuation-resistant.
Ido suggests the SDR, which is a basket of the five most-traded global currencies. It comprises the USD, the Euro, the British Pound, the Japanese Yen, and the Chinese Yuan. Man explained that the SDR is robust against price fluctuations caused by a single currency, and is therefore capable of mitigating risk. Saga reserve is fully backed by an account held in the same composition as the SDR. He went on to state that:
“When some of the currencies in the SDR are printing money, some of them are not printing money currently and and so again when one will go up the other will go down.”
Bitcoin is the inspiration
Bitcoin was born in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis. It was created to oppose arbitrary monetary policies conducted by central banks. Since then, many digital currencies and technologies have been born out of the inspiration of its creation. Ido told Cointelegraph that Saga is one such project.
Saga’s stated goal is creating a currency that is not dependent on any single national fiscal or monetary agenda. Man says such a currency can complement our lives in the sense of being able to store value and exchange value internationally. According to Ido, Saga’s approach falls somewhere between a stablecoin and Bitcoin. He explained that:
“We are adopting the approach as Bitcoin that we cannot control the money supply meaning the Saga protocol does not allow us to print money at any time.”
Saga’s long term vision, says Ido, is to offer a solution for the future of money that acts as a complement to fiat currency.
CBDC is not the answer
Ido also commented on the new emerging CBDC. He thinks the central bank digital currency is a “tokenized” currency. These digital versions of a national currency are not a true solution for the future of money.
Widespread usage of a CBDC could equate to huge numbers of people unknowingly granting unlimited and unrestricted access to data on their economic lives to a central authority. Ido believes privacy, custodianship, and financial stability would be the three most challenging elements a CBDC would face.
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