Bitcoin and Blockchain

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

This is the first in a series of three articles about blockchain-enabled “smart contracts” and their ability to address retail fraud.

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

While 2017 has seen massive increases in the price of Bitcoin, it might also be remembered as a sobering year for the cryptocurrency’s early adopters and supporters.

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Analysts often speak of the possibility that Bitcoin, Ethereum, or another entrant will become the dominant cryptocurrency. But are we taking for granted that there must be a single winner?

Friday, October 20th, 2017

If widespread use of Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency is truly in our future, some series of events will have to disrupt the status quo. Broadly speaking, I see two possibilities, which I’ll call the revolutionary and evolutionary approaches.

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

On October 3, the Committee for Monetary Research and Education held a dinner in New York City featuring four distinguished speakers on the topic of blockchain technology versus fiat currency.

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

With blockchain technology, where is the line between buzzword and legitimate game-changer?

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Just how much will peoples’ attitudes have to change to allow widespread adoption of a private cryptocurrency like Bitcoin or Ethereum?

Monday, September 18th, 2017

What would happen if Bitcoin’s and Ethereum’s biggest competitor in the cryptocurrency space was the U.S. Federal Reserve? A new report issued by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) considers whether central banks should issue their own cryptocurrencies.

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Some might expect that the current Russian regime would do everything it could to ban cryptocurrencies and hope they go away, but Russia’s response appears to be more complex and perhaps self-contradictory.

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

A company is trying to bring the calming influence of gold to the Wild West frontier of cryptocurrencies

Monday, August 28th, 2017

A monetary standard based on Bitcoin, a digital currency, would act something like the gold standard in making price levels more predictable and stabilizing exchange rates but would likely be undone by politicians and central bankers.

Monday, August 28th, 2017

When governments try to ban the free exchange of goods and services, markets tend to make them look silly.

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Part 2 of our look at ways banks and financial institutions can use emerging blockchain technology.

Monday, August 21st, 2017

The rise of blockchain technology and associated cryptocurrencies is creating both exciting funding opportunities for young companies and potential regulatory battlegrounds.

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Smart contracts are highly useful in many cases where contracting parties lack a strong ex post enforcement mechanism (like a court system) and need to pre-commit to not defrauding or otherwise taking advantage of each other when executing a contract.

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Banks are starting to look more closely at how they can use blockchain technology.

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Royal Mint Gold could allow individual investors to own and trade gold with far greater efficiency than is currently the case.

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Some types of bubbles can have long-term economic benefits.

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Trends in crowdfunding and cryptocurrencies are converging into a mechanism catapulting cash-poor young companies and fashioning a new financing landscape.