What Happens When the NuShares Price is Too Low to Be Used to Decrease the NuBits Supply?

So if b&c fails these timelock funds are lost right? So why not lock them as BKC? That way, no volatility if B&C doesn’t fail, and if it does the funds are lost either way.

And this way, Nu would be a big bkc holder and BKS holders will once again see the value of the partnership with Nu

NuShares can be created and sold for NuBits so long as the price of NuShares is not zero. So, under what circumstances could we expect the NuShare price to become zero? There would have to be complete consensus that there would never again be demand for additional currency and NuShares would never receive a dividend in a new system such as B&C Exchange again. Over the last year, despite only very modest adoption of NuBits, the annualized dividend yield of NuShares has been a stunning 29.04%. Between BlockShare and Peercoin dividends, $409,811 has been issued as dividends over the 10 month life of NuShares. With the current NSR market cap of $1,695,396, that is 24.2% dividend, and an annual dividend yield of 29.04%. This is almost unheard of.

Let’s consider the factors that can effect the total liabilities of our network in the form of NuBits and other currency in our network:

  1. change in the value or purchasing power of NuBits (such as due to US dollar inflation)
  2. change in the total money stock of all currencies (principally outside our network)
  3. NuBits burned as transaction fees
  4. NuBits whose private key is lost
  5. changes in the proportion of demand for currency in our network versus demand for all currency globally

The importance of factor 5 is well understood and factor 3 is reasonably well understood. Factors 1, 2 and 4 appear to be generally overlooked.

Let’s examine these factors in greater detail. Factor 3 is dependent on how shareholders set the soon to be variable transaction fee and the velocity of currency in the network. I suspect the transaction fee will be raised from its current hard coded value of 0.01. Let us suppose it averages 0.04 in the future. Currently, there are an average of 47 NuBit transactions per day with around 330,000 NuBits in circulation. 47 * 0.04 *365 = 686.2 NuBits per year. With this scenario 0.207% of NuBits are burned each year in transaction fees. Then there are NuBits whose private key has been lost. One estimate suggests up to 35% of Bitcoins have been lost in this way (http://www.coinbuzz.com/2015/03/31/23-bitcoins-mined-13-may-lost/). While that estimate is likely too high, and the actual quantity of lost Bitcoins or NuBits will never be known, it is quite clear lost NuBits will apply substantial downward pressure on the quantity of NuBits in circulation. Let’s conservatively assume 1% of NuBits are lost each year.

Now consider that the total stock of money is increasing over time well beyond the rate of inflation. While annual US dollar inflation has averaged 1.75% over the last five years (http://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm), the US dollar M2 money stock has increased an average of 5.8% per year (https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/M2). This means that when inflation is substracted, the monetary stock has risen an average of 4.05% per year. As productivity increases, people simply have more wealth and demand more money.

So, let us suppose the proportion of all currency in the world held as NuBits remains constant. Let us assume 1.75% inflation, a 4.05% increase in M2 money stock, 0.2% NuBits burned as transaction fees and 1% of all NuBit private keys lost each year. Under this scenario, new demand for NuBits will rise 7% per year while the proportion of all currency in the world held as NuBits remains constant. Said another way, given the assumptions and extension of historical trends just described, the proportion of all currency in the world held as NuBits could drop 7% per year without requiring any burning of NuBits via NuShare sale.

Now let’s consider operating expenses such as liquidity provision and development. In the coming months, we expect to spend around $10,000 per month on development and $10,000 per month on liquidity. That is 14% per year given a market cap of 1.7 million. If Nu is even modestly successful, I expect the percent spent on development to decline and the percent spent on liquidity to dramatically decline. If these combined expenses dropped below 7% annually, Nu would be sustainable without ever increasing the share of global currency held in our network, given the modest economic assumptions detailed above.

In summary, in order for NuShares to drop to zero, all market participants would need to conclude the proportion of global currency held within our network is in permanent decline and no more dividends of new equity such as BlockShares would ever be issued. Is this possible? Of course. It is even likely over the very long term. But it seems unlikely such a scenario will emerge in a short period of time. The longer we keep the NuBits peg and the longer network use expands, it becomes less and less likely that this will occur in a short period of time. Currently, with transaction volumes rising many hundreds of percents per year as detailed here (NuBit transaction volume up 249% in six months) and an annualized dividend yield of 29%, there is little danger of NuShares dropping to zero. And if NuShares don’t drop to zero, we have a mechanism that can maintain the NuBit peg. Conversely, if the value of NuShares do drop to zero (exempting a temporary flash crash), then the peg will certainly be lost.


Excellent analysis, lots of factors there I hadn’t considered. Also, we are not really spending $10,000/month on liquidity; in the last 30 days we created 3,795 NBT, 5,361 NBT in the 30 days before that, 10,762 NBT before that, 2,671 NBT before that. And what’s more, even if NSR somehow miraculously went to real zero, BKS holders could still conceivably bail us out using funds external to Nu. We’re absolutely golden in the short term, despite the waning NSR price.

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That was a key point of Jordan’s message. In 2014, IBM had a 2.62% dividend yield, Coca-Cola had a 3.21% dividend yield, and General Electric had a 3.34% dividend yield. Nu is on pace for an almost 30% annualized dividend yield in a year that we spent months cleaning up from major exchange hackings. There are still at least a few of us quietly acquiring NSR as long as we can while the market doesn’t realize how Nu has performed.

This project has a market cap almost exactly twice that of NSR to put into perspective how divorced from reality crypto valuations can be.


I respectfully disagree with this statement. Instead of complete consensus, this could happen even with a core group of investors that fully believe in the share value, but do not have the resources and/or risk appetite to buy up all new share issuance to preserve the peg.

For example, there could be 50 investors who believe in the future share potential, each with the ability to put forward $2000 USD each without endangering their financial wellbeing. This brings a total “bailout resource” of $100000, which may not be enough to save the peg (which, by the way, is interestingly different than saving the NuShare price from $0) in the case of a severe shock to the system.

Of course, this is a simplistic view, because if prices approach zero, funny things start happening. For example, a new share buyer could suddenly own more than half the network, solely via new issuance.

Anyway, I just thought I’d point this out. Carry on. :slight_smile:


This is a super important point. The weight of ownership over new NBT distribution alone should cause repulsion from 0. In fact, this resource is what we are selling when we bailout NBT. If we continuously bailout NBT via burn gateways, we should see a continual reinvestment of alternative investors (those 50 investors may not be the core group) and the votes will change. In some way this can be seen as evolution, though if our particular ‘genetic’ branch fails to remain decentralized we die as a project. Conversely, as share buybacks eat their way through sellers, the chaff will fall from the wheat and only the holders that are beneficial for Nu should survive.

As new investors jump on the sinking ship, we will find a vote for decreasing the peg arises and is voted in. Now, our $100,000 buys us 200,000 NBT. With even $1 of bailout, a theoretical complete buyback of NBT at a value of $0 can occur. This would be a hard reset to the system, and anyone holding NSR after the dark ages can vote to reestablish the peg and begin again. As long as a diversity of minters are always found, security of the system should never be lost and the blockchain will remain intact.


Good point. If stakeholders are open to this kind of “bail-in” then the system can always be re-stabilized around a lower peg.

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If Somehow Nu has provided a steady and sustainable Revenue for Nushares holders, we Wouldn’t have to worry about this NSR price, So we Can say that NuBits supply is tied to how much Profitable is NSR holding?!

In the contrary i am afraid that NSR Can’t both Sustain the Peg And Remain Decentralized for along time without Some business plan, Even a tiny steady Revenue Could Sustain the system for years, but we will always be at the Risk of Centralization And or Peg failure without any sort of profitability realtive to the Market capitalization Rather than the initial NSR initial price at sept 2014!


NBT demand is profitability. All we need is use cases, we don’t need external revenue. Tx fees are permanent revenue and putting NBT into circulation allows us to generate profit. Liquidity provision and development are currently our only costs (aside from parking which is really really trivial right now). I just don’t think these costs will sink us, as they are both services that help us attain a higher amount of both circulation and Tx fees (by providing peg and tech support for use cases).

We are not floating on our initial NSR price. With a 30% dividend, we should be at $0.0014 or so if this were the case.

How do you compute that?

$0.002 * (100%-30%)

i) what does it mean for NuShares to receive a dividend in a new system such as B&C Exchange?
Do you insinuate that Nu cannot/will not generate dividends by itself, in a self contained manner?

ii) BlockShare generation from NuShares cannot be considered a dividend from the classical and standard accounting practices since dividend means a “cut” of the profits generated from the business activity.

I did understand Jordan’s post, up to here:

[quote=“JordanLee, post:10, topic:2367”]
Said another way
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Can anyone reformulate or elaborate this for me:
“Said another way, given the assumptions and extension of historical
trends just described, the proportion of all currency in the world held
as NuBits could drop 7% per year without requiring any burning of NuBits
via NuShare sale.”

BKS is certainly a dividend in my opinion. NSR holders are being cut in on the BKS funding.

Jordan Is saying the world’s economy is growing and to keep up with it we could print ~7% more NBT/year. We are a relative economy (our nbt peg relates us to the US economy) so we should look at inflation and deflation with respect to that economy. I believe that is what JL is saying, that if our NBT production rate remains constant we will actually have a shrinking portion of the US economy.

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Nu distributes dividends using cryptoassets that are not native to its blockchain. Whether that cryptoasset is established (Peercoin) or new (BlockShares) makes no difference.

If Peercoin is the asset we use to distribute revenue from NBT sales, BlockShares is the asset we use to collect value from B&C Exchange fundraising. The B&C project is only collecting funds of a portion of its implied market cap because the rest has been distributed to NuShareholders.

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So Nu makes money also by raising money now.

Nu didn’t raise any money, B&C Exchange did. Rather than collect 100% of the value of the project through fundraising, B&C distributed 40% of it to NuShareholders as a way to engage the community and encourage liquidity support.

Curious about how you reach that figure.

I actually got a different figure,

85*4 + 50 + 22 = 412 kNBT.

85,000 BKS at $4 a share, then two PPC distributions valued at 50 kNBT and 22 kNBT.

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I think the ~2,000 NBT discrepancy comes from that second dividend - I just checked and it was 20,000 NBT.