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As they prepare to launch the first publicly-traded U. Together with his brother Tyler, Cameron Winklevoss has amassed a fortune in the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The bull case for Bitcoin is often expressed as an estimate of the future value of all Bitcoins in circulation once it reaches its potential. 400 billion made last November by the Winklevoss twins Cameron and Tyler at the “New York Times” Dealbook Conference.

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The latest markets news, real time quotes, financials and more. Bitcoin in circulation once it reaches its potential. 400 billion, made November 2013, by the Winklevoss twins Cameron and Tyler at the “New York Times” Dealbook Conference. 453 per coin for the 12,620,475 bitcoins in circulation.

400 billion estimate, he explains in an interview, is not its value as an alternative currency. Instead, it is based entirely on the ability of the digital currency to provide near zero cost transactions across the world, from the least developed to the most developed nation, from the tiniest micropayment to the largest, while its encryption and tracking of all existing coins eliminates the cost of fraud from the transaction. It’s just like someone sending an email to Hong Kong. It happens instantly and free. In this way, the digital currency is superior over all current payments systems, he contends. As a result, its intrinsic value is that it takes all those costs out of the legacy system we’ve known for so long. 333 billion on April 8.

The potential value will be reached over time as Bitcoin is adopted as part of the global payments network. Tyler gives an example of the advantages Bitcoin can bring to an online merchant who sells and ships its products to customers anywhere. If you just take, for example, Overstock. So, that’s a tremendous value right there in payments. For most users, however, Bitcoin payments are essentially made from a pre-paid account called a digital wallet, which contains stored Bitcoins the owners of the account have purchased, usually from the provider of the digital wallet. Digital wallets function in a manner that is similar to a pre-paid credit card or savings account with checking privileges. Owners of digital wallets purchase Bitcoins from the providers, who store them and make them available for spending with companies anywhere in the world that accept Bitcoin as a form of payment.

There have been some hiccups along the way to the dream of widespread transactions via Bitcoin. The app had been available in the iOS App Store for two years. Apple is developing its own proprietary mobile payment system. My Wallet continues as an app on the Android phone.