Asset Classes

Cryptocurrency

Plural Name
Cryptocurrencies
Parent Asset Class

A form of digital or virtual currency secured by cryptograph, Cryptocurrency is a digital medium for exchange. Cryptocurrencies are decentralized networks based on blockchain technology, rendering them immune to government interference or manipulation. Cryptocurrencies face criticism for a number of reasons, including their use for illegal activities, exchange rate volatility, and vulnerabilities of the infrastructure underlying them. However, they also have been praised for their portability, divisibility, inflation resistance, and transparency.

Asset Classes

Bitcoin
Ethereum

Entities

Audius
Balancer Labs
1confirmation
42 Macro
ALEX
Abra
Accumulate
Adamant Capital
Adela Investment
Alameda Research
Algorand
Alkemi
Alt Tab Capital
Amber Group
Ampleforth
Anchorage
Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Apeiron Investment Group
Arca
Argo Blockchain
Art Blocks
Ava Labs
Avantgarde Finance
BEASY - Blockchain Made Easy
BadgerDAO
Bakkt
Banyan Hill Publishing
Bidali
Binance
Binance.US
BitFlyer
BitGo
Bitcoin Magazine
Bitpanda
Bitspark
Bitstamp
Bitwise Asset Management
Block.One
BlockFi
BlockTower Capital
Blockchain.com
Blockfolio
Blockstream
Blockworks
BnkToTheFuture
ByteTree
C the Light Trading
CMT Digital
COSIMO Ventures
Cambrian Asset Management
Capitalist Exploits
CasperLabs
Castle Island Ventures
Catallact
Celsius Network
Chainalysis
Chamber of Digital Commerce
Circle
Civic Technologies
Coin Center
CoinDesk
CoinFLEX
CoinFlip
CoinFund
CoinMarketCap
CoinMetro
CoinShares
Coinbase
Coinbase Custody
Collaborative Fund
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Concordium
ConsenSys
Cott Law Group
Crusoe Energy
Crypto Banter
Crypto Futura Fund
CryptoEQ
Cultur3 Capital
Curzio Research
DRW
DTAP Capital Partners
DeFi Technologies
Decentral Park Capital
Decrypt
Delphi Digital
Deribit
Digital Asset Capital Management
Domain Money
Doomberg
Dragonfly Capital
ETC Group
Early Investing
Edge & Node
Electric Coin Company
Elementus
Elliottwave Forecast
Elwood Technologies
Endaoment
Enjin
Ethereum Foundation
Ezra Zask Research Advisors
FTX
FinTech Collective
Fireblocks
First DAG
Floating Point Group
Floor
Fluence Labs
Forex Analytix
Forkast.News
Forte
Framework Ventures
Galaxy Digital
Galaxy Interactive
Gemini
Genesis
Genesis Group
Genesis Volatility
Glassnode
Glenn Williams Jr LLC
GreenBlocks
HOPR
Hartmann Capital
Hinde Capital
Hiro Systems
Horizen
Hyperion Decimus
INX Limited
Ikigai Asset Management
Immutable
Jambo
KPTL Arbitrage Management
KR1
KUNA Exchange
Kadena
Kava Labs
Kraken Exchange
Lahardan Financial
LeboBTC Ledger Group
Ledger
Liquity
Litecoin Foundation
Loup Funds
Lucy Labs
Lukka, Inc.
MakerDAO
Maple Finance
Marathon Digital Holdings
Market Rebellion
Mercury Digital Assets
Messari
Meta Angels
Metal
MiningStore
Modern Money Group
Money Map Press
MoonPay
Morgan Creek Digital Assets
Multicoin Capital
Musca Capital
Mythos Capital
NFT Now
NFTfi
Nicoya Research
Nifty Gateway
Nouns
NuCypher
Nugget's News
Oasis Labs
Odyssean Digital Asset Management
Osprey Funds
Palm Beach Research Group
Pantera Capital
Pepperstone
Perceptive Capital
Polychain Capital
Polygon
Prime Trust
Public Mint
PureXposure Growth Series
Pyth Network
QCP Capital
Qredo
RabbitHole
Ready Set Crypto
Real Life Trading
Republic
Reserve
Ribbit Capital
Risk Reversal Media
RiskHedge
Robinhood
SFB Technologies
Scalar Capital
Seed Club
Seeking Alpha
ShapeShift
SingularityDAO
Sky Mavis
Slow Ventures
SoFi
Solana
Solidus Labs
Southbank Investment Research
Sovryn
StakeBorg
Starkiller Capital
Strategic Wealth Preservation
SuperWorld
Susquehanna International Group
Sustainable Bitcoin Protocol
Swan Bitcoin
Sygnum Bank
Synthetix
TRM Labs
Tagomi
TaxBit
Tendermint
Tezos
The Block
The Defiant
The Dollar Vigilante
The Sandbox
Tornado Cash
TradeSmith
TradeStation
Trader University
TradingAnalysis.com
Trustology
Unbound Tech
Unbounded Capital
Universal Market Access
Uphold
Vailshire Capital Management
Vesper
Voyager Digital
Wakem Capital Management
Water & Music
Wave Financial
WazirX
World of Women
XBTO Group
Xapo
Zap
Zapper
Zero Hash
cmorq
dYdX
eToro
inflxion.io

Industries

Financial Technology

Terms

Alternative Investments
Blockchain Technology
Crisis Currency
Money

Abby Johnson

Adam Dell

Adam White

Alex Batlin

Alex Höptner

Alex Saunders

Alex Thorn

Alex Valaitis

Alexander Leishman

Anatoly Yakovenko

Andreas Antonopoulos

Andrew Keys

Angie Lau

Anil Lulla

Anish Mohammed

Anthony Pompliano

Antonio Juliano

Ari Redbord

Ariel Yusim

Arthur Breitman

Arthur Falls

Arthur Hayes

Ash Bennington

Avihu Levy

Azeem Azhar

Balaji Srinivasan

Barry Silbert

Bart Stephens

Ben Samaroo

Ben Schecter

Ben Weiss

Ben Whitby

Benjamin Cowen

Benjamin Reynolds

Bill Barhydt

Bill Poulos

Blair Breitenstein

Blake Richardson

Bobby Zagotta

Brad Mills

Bradley Duke

Brendan Blumer

Brett Harrison

Brian Armstrong

Brian Estes

Brian Kelly

Brian Kerr

Brian Mahoney

Bruce Pon

Bruce Schneier

Cam Harvey

Cameron Winklevoss

Camila Russo

Can Gürel

Caroline Cochran

Catherine Coley

Charles Hoskinson

Charlie Lee

Charlie Morris

Chase Lochmiller

Checkmate Bitcoiner

Chen Arad

Cheryl Contee

Chris Burniske

Chris Giancarlo

Chris Perkins

Chris Spadafora

Chris Tyrer

Christian Angermayer

Christine Kim

Colleen Sullivan

Cooper Turley

Corby Pryor

Cuy Sheffield

Damion Lupo

Dan Held

Dan Matuszewski

Dan Nathan

Dan Roberts

Dan Tapiero

Daniel Cawrey

Daniel Jonsson

Daniel Masters

Darius Sit

Dave The Wave

David Fauchier

David Hoffman

David Micley

David Siemer

David Skarica

Dean McClelland

Diego Gutiérrez Zaldívar

Diogo Monica

Dominic Frisby

Dominic Williams

Donald Bullers

Ed Chin

Edan Yago

Eli Ben-Sasson

Emin Gün Sirer

Eric Demuth

Eric Kryski

Eric Muschinski

Eric Wade

Erick Calderon

Eva Beylin

Evan Kuo

Fabian Schär

Fabian Vogelsteller

Felix Hartmann

Flori Marquez

Frances Coppola

Frank Curzio

Fred Thiel

GMoney eth

Gavin Wood

George Chuang

George McDonaugh

Gil Luria

Glenn Williams Jr

Greg Di Prisco

Greg Magadini

Griffin Foster

Guy Swann

Haseeb Qureshi

Hassan Bassiri

Holden Milstein

Hudson James

Hugo Philion

Hunter Horsley

Ian King

Isaiah Jackson

Ivan Soto-Wright

JG Savoldi

JP Thieriot

Jack Laskey

Jack Mallers

Jack O'Holleran

Jack Spallone

James Cox

James Putra

James Zhang

Jameson Lopp

Jamis Johnson

Jason Hamlin

Jason Leibowitz

Jason Yanowitz

Jean-Marie Mognetti

Jeff Berwick

Jeff Brown

Jeff Currie

Jeff Horowitz

Jeff Kauffman

Jeff Zirlin

Jeremy Allaire

Jeremy Varlow

Jess Sloss

Jesse Powell

Jessica Walker

Jill Carlson

Jim McDonald

Jimmy Song

Joe Lubin

John Bartleman

John Dwyer

John Lo

John Nance

John Vincent

JohnPaul Baric

Jon Charbonneau

Jon Najarian

Joon Ian Wong

Jordan Kruger

Jose Maria Macedo

Josh Crumb

Josh Ho

Josh Sterling

Justin Spittler

Justin Woodward

Kain Warwick

Kamal Mokeddem

Kasper Vandeloock

Kathleen Moriarty

Kathy Lien

Katie Haun

Katie Talati

Keith Black

Keld van Schreven

Kenneth Ameduri

Kenneth Rogoff

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Murcko

Kia Mosayeri

Kyle Samani

Lars Hoffmann

Laura Shin

Leslie Lamb

Lex Sokolin

Linda Xie

Liz Young

Luca Cosentino

Luke Brindle

MacLane Wilkison

Marc Bhargava

Marco Krohn

Marco Streng

Marco Wutzer

Mariano Conti

Marissa Kim

Mark DiMichael

Mark Lachance

Mark Lamb

Mark Moss

Mark Rasmussen

Marshall Hayner

Marty Bent

Mason Nystrom

Matt Hougan

Matthew Kotek

Matthew Kratter

Matthew Roszak

Maxine Ryan

Meltem Demirors

Michael Casey

Michael Chobanian

Michael Edesess

Michael Flight

Michael Moro

Michael Saylor

Michael Sonnenshein

Michael Wu

Michah Dowbak

Mike Belshe

Mike Castiglione

Mike Dudas

Mike Novogratz

Mike Paleokrassas

Miles Deutscher

Muneeb Ali

Natalia Karayaneva

Nathan McCauley

Nathaniel Whittemore

Nevin Freeman

Nikhil Shamapant

Olaf Carlson-Wee

Paul Netherwood

Paul Veradittakit

Paulo Rodrigues

Pavel Bains

Perianne Boring

Peter McCormack

Peter Smith

Peter Van Valkenburgh

Peter Wall

Philippe Bekhazi

Pierre Rochard

Piers Kicks

Plan B

Punk 4156

Qiao Wang

Ray Ng

Riccardo Spagni

Richard Chen

Richard Galvin

Richard Kim

Rob Massey

Rob Viglione

Robbie Ferguson

Robbie Heeger

Robert Lauko

Robert Leshner

Robert Materazzi

Robin Schmidt

Roham Gharegozlou

Rohan Grey

Rolf Hoefer

Roman Storm

Ross Gerber

Ryan Adams

Ryan Allis

Ryan Dinse

Ryan Hanley

Ryan Selkis

Ryan Todd

Sam Bankman-Fried

Sam Hallene

Sam McIngvale

Sam Volkering

Sandeep Nailwil

Sang Lee

Santiago Santos

Sasha Fleyshman

Saum Noursalehi

Saurabh Deshpande

Scott Melker

Sean Lippel

Seb Bunney

Sebastian Bürgel

Sebastian Moonjava

See Ape Follow Ape

Sergey Gorbunov

Sergey Nazarov

Sergio Silva

Sid Powell

Siddharth Menon

Silvio Micali

Simon Dixon

Spencer Randall

Stani Kulechov

Stefan Thomas

Stephen McBride

Stephen Young

Steve Goulden

Stuart Popejoy

Su Zhu

Sudhu Arumugam

Sunayna Tuteja

Takaaki Kato

Tania Reif

Tascha Che

Teeka Tiwari

Tegan Kline

Tim Beiko

Tim Draper

Tim Ruth

Tom Jessop

Tom Lee

Trace Mayer

Travis Blane

Travis Kling

Tuur Demeester

Valet Jones

Vance Spencer

Vijay Boyapati

Vinny Lingham

Vitalik Buterin

Vlad Mercori

Vlad Zamfir

Will Clemente

Willy Woo

Yam Karkai

Yan Liberman

Yassine Elmandjra

Yehuda Lindell

Yoni Assia

Yoshi Nakamura

Zac Prince

Zach Resnick

Zack Seward

  • Crypto Currencies can provide people with an easy way to send and receive wealth (even when their home countries currency is worthless or in rapid decline)
  • Allow individuals, companies and countries to escape the control of central banks and regulations
  • International Assets - they are accepted all over the world without need to be exchanged for local currencies/assets
  • Serve a similar function to gold, but may have more upside since they are not yet widely adopted
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  • Governments are not able to control cryptocurrencies like they can fiat currencies
    • They can't block payments
    • They can't freeze accounts
    • They can't seize assets

Cryptourrency Facts
  • Based on globally, decentralized & distributed networks (no one person is in control)
    • Puts the power in the hands of the broader community
  • Many currencies have a way to increase supply
    • Often this requires "mining" (analagous to physical previous metals)
    • The supply increase is often limited to a certain amount/% per period of time


Crypto Currency Benefits (Often Compared to Fiat Currencies)
  • Typically come in fixed quantities (no one can print as many as they want)
  • They are decentralized - the government can't control them.  Power is not in one peron's hands
  • They don't require banks to safely hold (no risk of bank failure) 
  • The supply of coins/money/token is strictly regulated and/or limited (unlike fiat currencies)

Crypto Currency Risks
  • Governments may try to regulate our outlaw them (they take power away from central governments)
    • Some countries have already tried to outlaw
    • Mitigation:  It will be hard for governments to take don a decentralized system
    • Mitigation: Other countries are actively investing in crypto technologies and encouraging crypto businesses
    • Mitigation: Governments were unable to stop other distributed technologies (example:  Bit Torrent)
  • Quantum Computing could render the encryption that backstops the system
    • Currencies can use algorithms that are safe from quantum computing


    • Hacking and Theft is common - nearly $927 Million stolen in first 3 quarters of 2018

    Crypto Currency Using Classic Definition of Money

    • It is a medium of exchange
    • It is a unit of account
    • It may or not be a store of value
      • Wild price swings may indicate that it is not a good store of value (depends on confidence of holders)


    Government Sponsored CryptoCurrencies