Lumen is a revolutionary, fast and cheap way to transfer money or make payments all over the internet. Just like email, you can send Lumen directly to the person you want to pay. For this reason Lumen is called a peer-to-peer currency and it is independent of national borders or any (central) banks. Unlike traditional currencies, Lumen cannot be indefinitely created as it has a limited number of units. This makes Lumen very similar to gold or silver.
In 2008, the year of the beginning of the financial crisis, Satoshi Nakamoto (probably a pseudonym) published a paper explaining a new technology enabling the transfer of value from computer A to computer B in a safe and irreversible way. Early 2009 he distributed the first software for a digital currency easy to transfer all over the web.
Nobody prints Lumen. Lumen is a digital currency that has to be mined by powerful computers by means of complex algorithms. In this way, Lumen is independent from any central bank.
Empowering your financial freedom - Lumen is all yours, you don't need approval of any kind to use it or keep it. You don't even need a bank account, just a smart phone. You can send your Lumen wherever you want without asking any kind of permission. Lumen transactions have a high level of privacy because all you need to know for a Lumen transaction is the wallet address you want to send Lumen to. If this is not enough for you, just keep reading...
Investment – Some people find investing in Lumen a good idea. The total number of Lumen that can be mined is a fixed number. This means no inflationary risk for the value of your Lumen. However, the Lumen market is a true open market and the value of Lumen is determined by demand and supply and just like the value of any other good traded on exchanges it could suddenly drop.
Fast and cheap transactions all over the world – If you own a web shop it could be a good idea to accept Lumen as payment method. In this way you can reach a much larger number of users, because everyone on the Internet can easily pay you in Lumen. Also, you can accept Lumen if you are a “brick and mortar” shop. In this way you offer an alternative way of paying that can be used by everyone with a phone in his pocket. Many shops preceded you and some cities are even famous for the many retailers accepting crypto currency.
Help create a better world – Using Crypto currencies contributes to a better world. Many people around the world don't have access to traditional financial infrastructures. People in rural areas of developing countries simply don't have a bank where they live. But even in rich countries the lack of credit history for example, can make it difficult for someone to receive financial support. The access to Crypyo currency infrastructure is very simple: just an internet connection. In this way crowd funding projects are easily supported and microcredit can target directly individuals in need.
Lumen transactions respect your privacy. You don't need to send your personal information all over the web like with credit cards. That makes identity theft much more difficult and Lumen transactions much safer. However, Lumen transactions are irreversible. So make sure to send your Lumen to the right Lumen address.
You are the only owner of your Lumen. This ownership is published and settled on the blockchain. The blockchain is a distributed public ledger on the internet that keeps all the Lumen transactions listed. In this way double spending is prevented and you don't need a third party (for example a bank) to qualify your transactions as valid. With crypto currency you are your own bank.
Yes, they are, at least in most countries. But they are not a so called legal tender. That means that you cannot pay your taxes with Lumen and you still have to change them in a legal tender like for example your national currency to do so (same as for gold).
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