Cryptocurrencies are experiencing a moment of unprecedented attention and speculation for several reasons. 1) The value of Bitcoin has been steadily climbing through 2017, with Ether seemingly poised to overtake the cryptocurrency giant any day; 2) Blockchain technology has purposes above and beyond cryptocurrency, and has been hailed by some as the backbone of the future financial system; 3) The increasing number of people who see cryptocurrency as a form of investment similar to gold. If cryptocurrencies stabilize in value, buying Bitcoin or Ether has the potential to be a worthy venture.
In January 2015, the company received a US$75 million investment, led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the New York Stock Exchange, USAA, and several banks. Later in January, the company launched a U.S.-based bitcoin exchange for professional traders called Coinbase Exchange. Coinbase began to offer services in Canada in 2015, but in July 2016, Coinbase announced it would halt services in August after the closure of their Canadian online payments service provider Vogogo.
Coinbase has two core products: a Global Digital Asset Exchange (GDAX) for trading a variety of digital assets on its professional asset trading platform, and a user-facing retail broker of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ether, Ethereum Classic, and Litecoin for fiat currency. It also offers an API for developers and merchants to build applications and accept payments in both digital currencies. As of 2018, the company offered buy/sell trading functionality in 32 countries, while the cryptocurrency wallet was available in 190 countries worldwide. On March 26, 2018, Coinbase announced their intention to add support for ERC-20 tokens.
取引は簿記上，仕訳を経て勘定口座 (簿記計算の単位) に記録されるが，元帳はこの勘定口座を全部集成したもので，本来の簿記計算に直接関係のない仕訳帳や日記帳などに対応する会計帳簿の中心的存在である。元帳には企業のすべての財産，資本の増減が勘定科目に分解されて日々記入されるので，元帳を見れば企業の財産の状態，営業成績を概観することができ，また決算日など特定時点で締切れば貸借対照表や損益計算書などの財務諸表の作成が可能である。したがって元帳は簿記計算のうえで仕訳帳による原始記録から決算財務諸表という企業活動の結論を導き出すための不可欠のものといえる。しかし経営規模の拡大や取引の増大に伴う会計処理業務の複雑化から，会計帳簿の分化，再編が必要とされてきたため，元帳も個々の勘定口座に内訳を設けた多桁式のものや，本社関係の総勘定元帳と工場関係の工場元帳に分離されるなど次第に変化してきている。
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