In this day and age, every second, new ways of empowering the common-folk are being discovered. The most sought-after mechanisms are being seen in the financial sector, especially in internet finance. With banking getting more and more complicatedly cumbersome, easier methods are being designed to provide the public with “money” as and when they need it and wherever they need it.
Trending today is the very well-known concept of digital currency. Though there are still apprehensions about its use, it has taken the world with a sweep and gained popularity because of the convenience it has to offer. An example of digital currency would be the popular Bitcoin. Many online merchant websites have accepted bitcoin as the form of payment for making purchases from their website.
This type of currency does not require any identification on the part of a purchaser; therefore animosity is one chief benefit that it has to offer. In the form of investment, Bitcoins have proven to be profitable. This is because of the reason that its price in Dollar equivalents has been on the rise ever since its conception. If you own two Bitcoins that have a net present worth of $800, by the end of the year this price has all the possibility of rising up to $1000 for two Bitcoins. Thus, you can either use your Bitcoins for online transactions or keep them safe as an investment for your rainy days.
Another convenience in this box has the name of mobile payment systems. You must have heard of Google Wallet, or something similar from other global corporations. With the advent of payment systems such as these, it has become highly probable to enter a cashless future very soon. Currency has undergone drastic changes in this era – morphing from cash to cheques, from cheques to debit and credits, from that to finally online wallets. This wallet is the online phone-app version of your bank account. In every sense, it is a wallet, only it exists digitally. Whatever purchases you make through your phone or over the Internet, this wallet enables you to pay for those purchases, removing from the loop all the banking-paperwork otherwise required. These payments are not just limited to Internet. The NFC technology enables you to check-out of physical counters by a touch of your smartphones, although this method has attracted scepticism. Either way, convenience is convenience. It is safer for you if you don’t carry much cash around. Just use your smartphone.
Finance over the internet has plunged into another very fascinating service – the crowdfunder. This concept is by far the most useful of all, because it enables entrepreneurs to gather online and share funds for their business. Elaborating it further, it means that if five people are interested in setting up a, say, online shopping business, but are short on funds individually – they can come together on a crowdfunding website and combine their money in a partnership. This way, they all get what they want, including the money to start their business. These people can also decide to share their funds with some other entrepreneur to help him get started. The internet has thus changed the scene of financing sector.