Category Archives: Cryptocurrency

When Tech Meets Money: the Central-Bank Digital Currency

By | May 22, 2019

Courtesy of Marcelo M. Prates Not long ago, money was simple, central banks were all but invisible, and banks seemed like an inevitable nuisance. Money consisted of the coins and notes carried in wallets, or the checkbook in the desk drawer. Central banks were poorly understood institutions, entrusted with the mystical power to print money.… Read More »

Entrepreneurial Finance and Moral Hazard: Evidence from Token Offerings

By | April 30, 2019

Courtesy of Paul P. Momtaz Token Offerings or Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are a rapidly growing market, with more than 4,500 transactions in 2018 alone. However, there is also substantial fraudulent activity spurred by the absence of regulation. My new paper, Entrepreneurial Finance and Moral Hazard: Evidence from Token Offerings, explores a very subtle, hard-to-track… Read More »

High-Frequency Trading Comes to Cryptocurrency

By | April 24, 2019

Courtesy of Marissa Cantu and Lee Reiners Amidst last December’s stock market volatility, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin argued “high-frequency traders combined with the Volcker Rule” were to blame.  Secretary Mnuchin then announced he intended to ask the Financial Stability Oversight Council to review how market structure, in conjunction with high-frequency trading, contributes to stock market… 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 »

ICO Regulation not Slowed by Brexit or US Shutdown Chaos

By | January 28, 2019

Courtesy of Barbara C. Matthews It seems somehow ironic and fitting that the economic sector most hostile to centralized governments – cryptocurrency and initial coin offerings (ICOs)  – faces renewed regulatory activity despite the UK Brexit and US shutdown chaos.  On January 23, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the United Kingdom issued a new… 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 »

The Flip Side of Privacy in the Cryptosphere: When Estate Wealth and Data Goes Crypto Forever

By | October 29, 2018

Courtesy of Joanna Diane Caytas When Spanish galleons, and vessels of other nations, sank with tons of gold, jewelry, and artwork, treasures disappeared for centuries. Estimates suggest that up to three million shipwrecks may be littering the ocean floor around the globe, inspiring adventurers (and venture capitalists) who end up in predictable legal disputes over… 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 »

Hedge Funds and Cryptocurrencies: a top-down analysis of Malta’s regulatory framework

By | August 16, 2018

Courtesy of Damiano Di Maio, LL.M. and Andrea Vianelli, LL.M Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are two of the hottest topics in finance. While most discussions surrounding the crypto industry revolve around the underlying technology and its potential applications in the financial industry, the regulatory treatment of crypto-assets is less discussed and remains opaque to most… Read More »