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Introduction to Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain
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Bitcoin, the first decentralized cryptocurrency, has become mainstream as evidenced by a number of recent events such as the introduction of regulated online trading platforms, record gains in value, and the launch of bitcoin futures contracts. What was once a relatively obscure, peer-to-peer digital store of value that was transmitted over the internet, has emerged to global acceptance as a means of payment for goods and services by thousands of companies worldwide.
Media headlines about Bitcoin trading and price volatility — along with the recent introduction of more than a thousand different cryptocurrencies — has captured the attention of the public, investors, as well as national financial regulators. Regulators are increasingly concerned about the implications and applications of existing financial regulations. In response to this concern, regulatory “sandboxes” have become a means for both regulators and fintech companies to gain a mutual understanding of how regulation applies to financial market innovation.
Join us for a one-day educational program to better understand the evolving market for decentralized digital currencies, to include a close examination of the workings of the blockchain or distributed ledger technology (“DLT”). This new technology protocol is the foundation for cryptocurrencies and has a much broader application. Now considered a financial markets game changer, the DLT protocol is revolutionizing how work gets done at major corporations worldwide. Learn about “Smart Contracts” which are being applied to a number of innovations in the financial services industry and beyond. Discover how various regulators have begun to address the challenges presented by virtual currencies.
After the course you will be able to:
- Understand how and why Bitcoin got started, and recent developments that have secured Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a means of payment worldwide
- Discuss developments by government agencies to either supervise Bitcoin transactions, or explore using sovereign digital currencies to enhance efficiencies within federal and state Treasuries
- Explain how the daily currency settlements between Bitcoin and sovereign currencies are determined
- Appreciate the underlying protocols to blockchain, also called distributed ledger technology, and how it is changing the approach to doing business in everything from financial services, healthcare to the internet of things (iOT)
- Comprehend the concepts behind “Smart Contracts”
- Identify the differences between intrinsic tokens and asset-backed tokens and ICOs
- See how bitcoin is gaining legitimacy as an asset class and how futures trading represents a milestone for the cryptocurrencies
- Understand how global regulators have begun to address distributed ledger and cryptocurrencies
Who Should Attend? Anyone who is interested in understanding digital currency and blockchain and/or contemplating its role in the derivatives markets.