Bitcoin and Blockchain

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.

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Some of Europe’s biggest electricity operators plan to start trading on a blockchain platform before the end of this year, although a collision with the European Union’s regulatory apparatus remains a possibility.

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Blockchain technology could be essential to making the cars of the future run.

Friday, July 21st, 2017

With the meteoric rise of Bitcoin over the past few years, the seams of the system have begun to strain.

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Contra Mises, explicit coordination might be used to launch an intrinsically worthless item. Such a view is in line with standard models of money employed by economists today. Coordination also seems to have played a role in launching bitcoin.

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Blockchain technology introduces a portfolio of options that may enable critical steps toward economic development.

Friday, July 14th, 2017

The American Revolution is still being fought, and the Washington-based administrative state is the biggest enemy.

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Several key factors make Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies at best imperfect substitutes for gold.

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Far too much uncertainty about the future exists to learn much of anything from current swings in Bitcoin’s price.

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

When you hand someone a dollar bill, gold coin, or bushel of wheat, the transaction doesn’t require much effort to execute. The seller holds a physical object, and apart from counterfeiting, knows that he or she has been paid.

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Blockchain technology could revolutionize the way food supply chains work.

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

While Bitcoin dominates media and investor attention, it and dozens of other “altcoins” are competing in the market, each with unique technical and economic features.

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Regulators should take a wait-and-see approach in rather than crafting new rules for digital currencies now.