what is Terra ?
Terra is a stablecoin that achieves price-stability via an elastic money supply, enabled by stable mining incentives.
The protocol ensures price-stability by algorithmically expanding and contracting supply. It also uses seigniorage created by its minting operations as transaction stimulus, thereby facilitating adoption.
Pegged to the world’s major currencies, Terra aims to be able to support a global payment network.
The team believes that a currency that cannot be used at checkout is useless. Terra is partnered with an alliance of eCommerce platforms, collectively pushing $50 billion in annual transaction volume with 50 million users. Terra aims to become a medium of exchange at a massive scale.
Terra is a stablecoin of unlimited supply and is being expanded and contracted through multiple stabilizations schemes.
- Variable taxation fees adjust depending on Terra’s price. If Terra’s price is falling due to oversupply, transaction fees will rise. Iterative DMMD, similar to TCP’s AIMD network balancing algorithm, is used for throttling the variation.
- LUNA token is a fixed supply variable price token, which has the utility of being staked to the stabilization fund called the Stability Reserve. Stakeholders are also entitled to participate in the democratic process of governance at the protocol level. Taxes collected from Terra transaction fees end up as rewards, in the likely form of dividends.
- In case of market extremes:
- Market shocks will be handled with the liquid fiat/crypto reserve including the Luna token reserve (the value of which is always maintained to be above the circulating Terra supply) is used to buy back Terra and burn it. The reserve is resupplied during oversupply when it collects higher tax rates.
- Extreme undersupply will be solved by minting new Terra and selling it to exchanges, where received funds will be used to reinforce the reserve, and the surplus distributed through a method so-called Decentralized Fiscal Spending.
- Market volatility is governed by oracles, collecting data about price relationships of Terra and related fiat and cryptocurrencies.
How do I buy cryptocurrency ?
While some cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, are available for purchase with U.S. dollars, others require that you pay with bitcoin or another cryptocurrency.
To buy cryptocurrencies, you’ll need a “wallet,” an online app that can hold your currency. Generally, you create an account on an exchange, and then you can transfer real money to buy cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin or ethereum.
Coinbase is one popular cryptocurrency trading exchange where you can create both a wallet and buy and sell bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.