An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies 1st Edition by Nikos Daskalakis, ISBN-13: 978-0367370787


An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies 1st Edition by Nikos Daskalakis, ISBN-13: 978-0367370787

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  • Publisher: ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (July 21, 2020)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 100 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0367370786
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0367370787

The Crypto Market Ecosystem has emerged as the most profound application of blockchain technology in finance. This textbook adopts an integrated approach, linking traditional functions of the current financial system (payments, traded assets, fundraising, regulation) with the respective functions in the crypto market, in order to facilitate the reader in their understanding of how this new ecosystem works.

The book walks the reader through the main features of the blockchain technology, the definitions, classifications, and distinct characteristics of cryptocurrencies and tokens, how these are evaluated, how funds are raised in the cryptocurrency ecosystem (ICOs), and what the main regulatory approaches are. The authors have compiled more than 100 sources from different sub-fields of economics, finance, and regulation to create a coherent textbook that provides the reader with a clear and easily understandable picture of the new world of encrypted finance and its applications.

The book is primarily aimed at business and finance students, who already have an understanding of the basic principles of how the financial system works, but also targets a more general readership, by virtue of its broader scope and engaging and accessible tone.

Table of Contents:

Half Title
Series Page
Title Page
Copyright Page
Table of Contents
List of figures
List of tables
1 The new era of encrypted finance
1.1 The traditional financial system and its main counterparts
1.2 The new era of finance: encrypting the financial system
1.3 Introducing the main counterparts of the new encrypted financial system
2 The infrastructure: the blockchain technology
2.1 What is blockchain technology?
2.2 How the blockchain technology works
2.3 How blockchain mining works
2.4 Blockchain consensus mechanisms
2.5 Blockchain 2.0: the Ethereum platform
2.6 Smart contracts
2.7 Alternative uses of blockchain technology
3 Traded assets: introduction to cryptocurrencies
3.1 Definitions and taxonomy: digital currencies, virtual currencies, cryptocurrencies, and tokens
3.2 How cryptocurrency transactions work
3.3 Properties and main characteristics of cryptocurrencies
3.4 Altcoins (alternative cryptocurrencies)
3.5 Trends in the cryptocurrency market
3.6 Stablecoins
4 “Tokenomics” and valuation
4.1 Barriers to pricing and valuation
4.2 Token supply and demand model
4.3 Quantity theory of money
4.4 Token economics of utility
4.5 Combining the monetary policies and the economics of utility
4.6 The discounted cash flow model
4.7 Technical analysis
5 Fundraising: initial coin offerings
5.1 Defining initial coin offerings
5.2 The road to ICOs
5.3 How ICOs work
5.4 Main features of an ICO
5.5 Tokens
5.6 The importance of white paper in ICOs
5.7 Comparing ICOs with IPOs and crowdfunding
6 The regulatory framework
6.1 Introduction
6.2 United States
6.3 Singapore
6.4 Canada
6.5 China and South Korea
6.6 United Kingdom
6.7 Australia
6.8 Switzerland
6.9 Japan
6.10 European Union (EU)
6.11 Comparative analysis and conclusions of regulatory approaches

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