Venezuela Starts Converting Pensioners’ Payments to Crypto ‘Petro’: Report

The government of Venezuela has reportedly started converting pensioners’ monthly payments from the country’s fiat currency, the bolivar, to its oil-backed cryptocurrency Petro, without giving them a choice. According to the Caracas Chronicles, a politics and economics-focused website based in Venezuela, the country’s pensioners are notified every time their monthly payments arrive, but this time received a second notification informing them the funds were “for the concept of Savings in Petro.” Per the website, pensioners have started depending on government bonuses after years of hyperinflation saw their savings become worthless.…

Venezuela Starts Converting Pensioners’ Payments to Crypto ‘Petro’: Report

The government of Venezuela has reportedly started converting pensioners’ monthly payments from the country’s fiat currency, the bolivar, to its oil-backed cryptocurrency Petro, without giving them a choice. According to the Caracas Chronicles, a politics and economics-focused website based in Venezuela, the country’s pensioners are notified every time their monthly payments arrive, but this time received a second notification informing them the funds were “for the concept of Savings in Petro.” Per the website, pensioners have started depending on government bonuses after years of hyperinflation saw their savings become worthless.…

Venezuela Converts Pension Bonuses into State-Issued Crypto Petro

Venezuela has automatically converted pensioners’ most recent monthly bonus into its national oil-backed cryptocurrency, the Petro (PTR), according to a report from English-language politics blog Caracas Chronicles Dec. 12. First launched as a pre-sale in February, the controversial Petro has been in circulation as one of Venezuela’s two official currencies as of August 20: the second being a rebranded fiat currency, the Bolívar Soberano (Sovereign Bolivar, or Bs.S.), which is indexed to the Petro. According to Caracas Chronicles, pensioners’ recent government payouts Dec. 7 arrived initially in Bs.S. to pensioners’…

Venezuela Will Sell Oil for Petro, Maduro Says

The government of Venezuela has announced that it plans to create a basket of cryptocurrencies for the oil-backed state cryptocurrency, the Petro. This initiative will allow the government to sell oil in exchange for petros and bypass US-imposed sanctions at the same time. The sale and purchase of crude oil with cryptocurrency will begin in March 2019. President Nicolás Maduro stated on Thursday that the goal of the measure is to diversify the international market including embracing new forms of payment through cryptocurrencies from allied countries while reducing reliance on…

Buy Petro within 2018 In Order To Trade It against Other Digital Assets-Venezuelan President

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in addition to instituting forced farm labor among his own population as they are starving, has issued a timeline in which the nation’s cryptocurrency petro would be tradable against other digital assets if purchased. Ultimatum According to a translation of the president’s speech by cryptocurrency analyst Jill Carlson, the President asserts that only cryptos bought before the end of December 31 can be converted to other cryptocurrencies. In order to save the country’s economy from a punishing hyperinflation that some estimates say will hit the all-but-meaningless…

Venezuela to Present Petro at OPEC as the ‘Digital Currency for Oil’

Venezuela is hoping the world’s oil markets will start using its controversial national cryptocurrency, the petro. Manuel Quevedo, the country’s minister of petroleum and the president of state-owned oil company PDVSA, announced in a tweet on Wednesday, that Venezuela will take petro to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in 2019, as the “main digital currency backed by oil.” Another PDVSA tweet shows a news clip of Quevedo talking on the subject, captioned with the quote: “Petro will become the digital currency of oil transactions worldwide; we will present…

Investors Can Only Trade Venezuelan Petro to Crypto if Bought in 2018

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn According to TeleSUR TV, a mainstream media outlet in Venezuela, the country’s “cryptocurrency” called the Petro can only be traded to other crypto assets if bought before the end of 2018. Former Wall Street bond trader and digital asset analyst Jill Carlson translated the speech of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, which read: “Anyone who buys the Petro until Dec 31 will be able to convert it into any other digital currency.” Petro Isn’t a Cryptocurrency Throughout the past year, Venezuela has experienced extreme hyperinflation that led the…

Maduro Bankrupted Venezuela — Now He’s Launching a Petro Savings Plan

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn The Venezuelan government has recently launched a Petro savings plan that allows the country’s citizens to put their money into the oil-backed cryptocurrency and “save by means of a certificate.” Venezuela Launches Petro Savings Plan for 18 Million Citizens According to local news outlet Telesur, the savings plan is part of the “Comprehensive National Cryptoasset Plan,” and will in its initial phase “make available” 4 million petros, equivalent to 14,400 million sovereign bolivars, the country’s fiat currency. The amount equals $240 million. The savings plan is set…

Controversial Venezuelan State Cryptocurrency ‘Petro’ is Now for Sale

After months of speculation regarding the status of Venezuela’s much-publicised Petro cryptocurrency project, the Venezuelan government has announced that the Petro is now available for sale and can be bought with bitcoin and litecoin. A tweet from the official account of the Venezuelan Vice president of the Economy, Tareck El Aissami posted on October 29 reads: “The Petro may be acquired by legal and natural persons from its web portal.” #Enterate || El Petro podrá ser adquirido por personas jurídicas y naturales desde su portal web https://t.co/0ldQe5CTHL #PetroNuevaEraEconómica pic.twitter.com/x2gyoncOVd —…