Category Archives: Bitcoin

Blockchain Finance: On the Prospect of Decentralized, Pseudonymous Financial Markets

By | November 12, 2019

Courtesy of Cameron Harwick and James Caton  The Bitcoin blockchain was launched in 2009, providing for the first time a secure, decentralized, and electronic platform for monetary exchange. It was not purely anonymous – public account information was available – but users did not have to know or trust each other in order to participate in “money”… Read More »

The SEC Should Continue to Say No to Bitcoin Exchange-Traded Products

By | June 18, 2019

The following is an edited comment letter that was submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) on June 14th in response to the Commission’s May 20, 2019 order (Release No.34-85896) to institute proceedings under Section 19(b)(2)(B) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1933 (“Act”) to determine whether to approve or disapprove of Cboe… Read More »

Central Bank Digital Currency – Growing Interest, Concrete Data

By | March 28, 2019

Courtesy of Barbara C. Matthews Regulators may be setting their sights on how to regulate Big Tech – as discussed in last month’s FinReg Blog post – but, as central banks and finance ministers prepare to convene in Washington in April for the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings, the issue poised to generate the most interest… Read More »

Can Virtual Currencies Challenge the Dominant Position of Sovereign Currencies?

By | November 30, 2018

Courtesy of Marek Dabrowski[1] and Lukasz Janikowski[2] The short answer is most likely no, at least not in the near future. Despite the relative “success” of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies (VCs) like Ethereum and Ripple, their role in the economy is minimal. On November 27, 2018, the total market capitalization of all VCs was… Read More »

Tokenomics: Crypto-Asset Valuation, Token Design, and the Development of Blockchain Networks

By | November 16, 2018

Courtesy of Lin William Cong, Ye Li, Neng Wang[1] Advances in FinTech and the sharing economy are being driven by the growing demand for peer-to-peer connections that transform how people interact, work, consume, and produce. Although mass-adoption of blockchain faces many hurdles, the technology holds the capacity to create financial architectures which reorganize our society… Read More »

The Revolving Door Comes to Cryptocurrency

By | October 15, 2018

Ask any cryptocurrency company what their biggest challenge is, and they’ll likely tell you “legal and regulatory issues.” The legal and regulatory environment surrounding cryptocurrency is complex, uncertain, and changing by the day. In the U.S., no one agency has sole jurisdiction over cryptocurrency, and different agencies have varied interpretations of what cryptocurrency is (largely… Read More »

Anonymous Money is Fungible Money

By | August 23, 2018

Courtesy of Alastair Berg[1] Fungibility is a key characteristic of money.  This has long been taught to students in high school and university economics courses. A rational individual should be indifferent to exchanging one note or coin with another of equal nominal value, provided of course there are no transaction costs. some degree this characteristic… Read More »

Can a Cryptocurrency Self-Regulatory Organization Work? Assessing Its Promise and Likely Challenges

By | June 21, 2018

The U.S. regulatory framework for cryptocurrency (including federal securities compliance,[1] spot exchange registration,[2] and new derivative product listings[3]) continues to slowly evolve as government agencies increase their familiarity with the technology and dissect its associated risks.[4]  Nevertheless, despite recent guidance statements issued by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC); the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC);… Read More »

Blockchain is Overhyped

By | April 5, 2018

Courtesy of Lawrence Baxter, Ryan Clements, and John Lightbourne The buzz surrounding Blockchain, the distributed ledger infrastructure upon which Bitcoin operates, and how it will transform commerce while reducing transaction costs is at a crescendo. As John Oliver recently hilariously lampooned, many investors assign instant value to any firm with Blockchain in its name, mirroring… Read More »