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Why was 21 million picked as the number of bitcoins to be created?

Why did Satoshi pick 21 million as the number of bitcoins to be created? What is the significance of that number?
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What would a country adopting Bitcoins as official currency have to reinvent?

Let's say that a country decided to ditch their currency and go for Bitcoins. What would this country have to reinvent. The reason why I ask, is because I believe that if a tiny country was to adopt ...
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What research papers cover Bitcoin's impact on Central Banks, “velocity of money”, and reserves?

I'm looking for research papers that cover the impact Bitcoin may have on Central Banking, interest rates, velocity of money, and their reserve. What research papers or information from thought ...
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What economics/finance methods and tools can be used to analyze and predict the Bitcoin market?

Bitcoin differs from standard markets in many ways. Some standard market analysis tools are inapplicable due to unique features of Bitcoin. Hence the question What methods/tools can used to analyze ...
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How will a bitcoin ETF be any different from a bitcoin exchange?

The W.Twins bitcoin ETF/trust stock can be converted to real bitcoins. This means that we can buy $100 worth of stock and convert it to maybe 0.5 BTC depending on the current rate. And we can buy 0.5 ...
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In the simplest way possible, describe how the 21 Million limitation is enforced to a non techie

In this Bloomberg video: Gold for Nerds , they ask How is the limitation of 21 million Bitcoins enforced? Though I am very familiar with the technical reasons why and how it's done I haven't seen ...