Krypto-Löhne im Schweizer Recht

Verschiedentlich haben Schweizer Unternehmen in Erwägung gezogen, ihre Angestellten in Bitcoin oder Ethereum zu vergüten. Einige Unternehmen haben zudem ihre Pläne bereits in die Realität umgesetzt. Während die Schweizer Rechtsordnung Krypto-Löhne grundsätzlich zulässt, gibt es bei der Ausgestaltung gewisse Grenzen zu beachten. Der vorliegende Beitrag soll einen Überblick über die geltende Rechtslage geben und der […]

Nach dem Geld ist vor dem Geld

Wie die Digitalisierung von Vermögenswerten einen neuen Geldbegriff nötig machen könnte. Im September 2008 hat die Investmentbank Lehman Brothers den grössten Konkurs in der US-Geschichte ausgelöst und damit offiziell die Finanzkrise eingeleitet. Gut einen Monat später hat der unter dem Pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto agierende Erfinder von Bitcoin das dazugehörige «Whitepaper» über die technischen Grundlagen der […]

Bitcoin at 10 – Money in a World of Tokens

On this very day ten years ago – January 3, 2009 –, the Bitcoin network went live. Bitcoin’s first block, the Genesis Block, includes a short message as a reminder that the world was, at the time, finding itself in the midst of the biggest financial crisis since the 1920s. The message refers to the […]

Switzerland’s Financial Market (De-)Regulation in the Age of FinTech

Financial market regulation has become a hot topic: With the advent of “FinTech”, startups building their novel business models flock to jurisdictions that offer them the best regulatory environment. Switzerland’s reputation as a crypto-friendly jurisdiction has awarded the country the title „Crypto Nation“[1]. On the other hand, while not being as welcoming to crypto businesses […]

Negative interest rates and the redistribution of…

The background Negative interest rates are currently a hot topic. Mainstream economists consider them necessary since overall public debt levels are at historic highs (as a result, monetary policy has continuously adopted the goals of fiscal policy), the stability of the financial system is fragile due to high-risk assets in the balance sheets of banks […]

Bitcoin’s Value Is Purely Subjective

While one Bitcoin token is currently approaching 5’000 US$, many people wonder why Bitcoin has «value» in the first place. The first question that arises: Might those people actually mean «price» instead of «value»? Well, the concepts of price and value are entirely different. They cannot be the same logically. A person only sells, or […]

The War Against Cash in Europe

There are good reasons why the debate on cash is heating up right now. While European governments and central banks have stepped up capital controls in the last few years, cash has become the major hurdle for conventional monetary policy. Therefore, many economists, as well as a number of high-ranking government officials, have presented and […]