Launched in 2019, USD ZEE is a blockchain-enabled platform designed to facilitate the use of fiat currencies in a digital manner. ZEE works to disrupt the conventional financial system via a more modern approach to money. ZEE has made headway by giving customers the ability to transact with traditional currencies across the blockchain, without the inherent volatility and complexity typically associated with a digital currency. As the first blockchain-enabled platform to facilitate the digital use of traditional currencies (a familiar, stable accounting unit), ZEE has democratised cross-border transactions across the blockchain.
What is USDZEE?
USDZEE is a USD-backed ERC20 stablecoin that is fully collateralized, legally protected, and transparently verified by third-party attestations.
USDZEE uses multiple escrow accounts to reduce counter-party risk, and to provide token-holders with legal protections against misappropriation. USDZEE is the first asset token built on the ZEEToken platform.
uses multiple escrow accounts to reduce counterparty risk, and to provide token-holders with legal protections against misappropriation. USDZEE is the first asset token built on the Token ZEE platform.
What is ZEE Token?
ZEE Token is a platform to create asset-backed tokens that you can easily buy and sell around the world. For example, gold to gold tokens or dollar to dollar tokens.
Who can use ZEE USD?
We’ve designed the alpha version to address the immediate needs of crypto exchanges, crypto traders, and financial companies.
- Crypto Traders and Exchanges: Cryptocurrency traders want a trustworthy stablecoin to hedge against volatility, and enter crypto markets without immediate exposure to BTC/ETH.
- Mainstream Commerce: Everyday people and businesses can enjoy the benefits of digital currencies (faster transaction speed than ACH, global reach) without the volatility of Bitcoin. Now you can pay a salary, take out a loan, or buy coffee with a cryptocurrency, enabling a new economy of cryptocurrency financial applications.
- Developing economies: Some developing markets are increasingly reliant on cryptocurrencies for trade.
- Financial institutions: Financial companies that want to get into crypto, but have reasonable reservations against putting e.g. $100M into a new algorithmic stablecoin vs. $100M of “legally-enforceable certificates of ownership of the US dollar”.
In the alpha version of USD ZEE, redemptions will be restricted to a $1000 minimum. Anyone can use USD ZEE once they are listed on exchanges.
In the 1.0 release of USD ZEE, we will lower our redemption minimum to allow for lower volume redemptions.
Why this sequence? We’re opening access gradually so that stability can be maintained from the beginning.
How do I know my funds are secure when I wire them to the bank account?
We partner with licensed trust companies and banks to securely hold the funds backing USD ZEE tokens. For increased security, the trust companies handle all funds directly and the USD ZEE team does not have access, nor is involved in the transfer of, the escrowed funds.
Do I have to go through the KYC/AML process?
Yes. In order to purchase USDZ or redeem USDZ through our web application, current BSA/AML regulation requires that you provide your name, Tax ID, address, Date of Birth, Government ID card, and Address Verification (if your country is not in the US).
How will you maintain price stability for USD ZEE?
Price deviations between USD ZEE and USD present an opportunity for arbitrageurs. Since traders can always trade USD ZEE for the equivalent USD on usd-z.com, there will be an incentive to buy or sell mis-priced USD ZEE on exchanges and convert on usd-z.com.
Which exchanges will you be listed on?
USD ZEE is currently Not listed but in March 2022 We have more then 20 Exchange,
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What is the Ethereum address of the USD ZEE smart contract?
Why do you use escrow accounts and banks?
We’re taking a practical, hybrid approach to tokenizing US Dollars.
Someday, governments might enable digital signatures for smart contracts or DAOs to directly own bank accounts. That would be more “purely decentralized.” If/when that happens, we’ll celebrate the victory for the crypto industry and start building tools to help people make use of that new regulation.
Today, if a person or company wants to open a bank account, it requires a human representative.
So until banks allow smart contract signatures, we’re building on one of the best-known, frequently-tested system for bank account management: escrow accounts. Escrow accounts are already widely used for fund management.
We recognize that escrow accounts aren’t the endgame for decentralized money and tokenized asset management, but the trust and escrow industry already work well for the management and distribution of assets.
Escrow accounts and trust accounts operate on similar legal frameworks, and we’ll use both for tokenizing different asset classes. See this blog post on trusts for more details.
Security tokens are traditional assets like stocks and shares that have been converted into a digital token on the blockchain.
Like traditional securities, security tokens give the holder ownership rights. For this reason, a growing number of regulators are controlling how they’re to be issued and traded.
A token is a security token if it meets three criteria:
- The holder has received the token in exchange for money that has been invested in a common enterprise
- They expect to make a profit
- They won’t do any of the work required to generate that profit.
Why US Dollars? Do you plan to offer other currencies?
USDZ is already the industry standard and used as the fiat currency base trading pair. We’re starting with US Dollars – and stable baskets of tokenized goods (including precious metals and real estate) may be future projects. People will be able to create their own baskets, and markets can decide which baskets are the best stable currencies.
Are you trying to compete with algorithmic stablecoins like Basecoin or MakerDAO?
- No. We think we will be complementary. The crypto economy needs diverse options for stable cryptocurrencies. We’re excited for algorithm-based possibilities, but they haven’t yet been proven in the market. Some investors might find extra peace of mind in the knowledge that their dollar-tokens correspond to fiat currency in an audited bank account. In the long term, we think there will be roles for both protocol-based and asset-backed stable cryptocurrencies. Traders will reasonably seek opportunities to diversify their stable crypto holdings.
- Asset-backed “stablecoin” applications built on TrustToken are similar by name but have a substantially different customer base: at least in the near term, we expect that crypto startups will be comfortable with algorithm-based stablecoins, but traditional financial institutions will prefer asset-backed tokens.
- It’s reasonable for investors to want exposure to multiple stablecoin categories, as a bet on the industry’s need for a stablecoin. It’s similar to how investors might buy both ZCash and Monero as a way to get exposure to the market’s demand for privacy coins.
Our focus is on the large demand for cryptocurrencies that are backed by real-world currencies and financial assets.
How is USD ZEE different from Tether?
We wanted to build a stablecoin that we would use and trust ourselves.
When you complete the KYC/AML process and wire funds to the third-party escrow accounts, an equivalent amount of USDZ is freshly minted to your ethereum address. Each USDZ represents a redeemable certificate for one US Dollar held in escrow for the benefit of the USDZ holder.
Here’s what this means for users of USDZEE:
As one of the most widely used legal vehicles for managing other people’s money, escrow accounts enable regular attestations and strong legal protection for token holders.
Redeemable for USD
Any institution or individual with a verified ZEE account that passes a standard KYC/AML check can redeem USDZEE for USD. During the current alpha version, there is a $1000 minimum on redemptions. This amount is common for our current institutional users, and we aim to reduce this minimum for retail users in the future.
Trustworthy Fund Management
Our legal framework enables you to exchange USD directly with escrow accounts — we never touch the funds. Instead, you send USD to or receive USD from one of the escrow accounts in our network of fiduciary and banking partners to purchase or redeem USDZEE. This reduces the counterparty risk that is common in other collateralized stablecoin projects.
Every USDZEE is always fully collateralized by USD, held in a professional trust company’s escrow account. Our publicly audited smart contracts mint USDZEE when USD clears the escrow accounts and burns USDZEE when USD is redeemed to ensure a 1:1 parity between the USDZEE in circulation and the USD in the escrow accounts.
The escrow account holdings are published regularly and subject to ongoing professional attestations. We regularly undergo independent third-party evaluations by leading auditors such as A2Z Enterprises to ensure best security practices.