What’s on the horizon for cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies? It’s a question on a lot of people’s minds, and there’s a potential for more than a good profit margin for financial professionals who come to the right answers: a potential paradigm shift in payments, investing, and the way we use the internet itself could be on the line. For its April talk, the Chicago … [Read more...] about New Horizons in Cryptocurrency
FinTech investments surpassed every year prior in 2021 – $131.5 billion. That’s more than double 2020’s final tally, and 2020 had already set records for that year. It is safe to say that FinTech’s moment has arrived. The digital transformation of finance hit a transition point to become an integral part of business as usual for financial services across the board. In … [Read more...] about FinTech Forecast 2022
In a recent conversation on crypto and NFTs, the inevitable question came up: what's this stuff worth? It's a link on a blockchain, after all. Yet NFTs are shaking up the art world, raising questions of artistic aesthetics and investment values. Artists can benefit both economically and legally. I covered the economic and legal aspects of NFTs in How Misuse of a Technical … [Read more...] about NFTs (Part2): Is It Art and What’s It Worth?
The record-setting price of bitcoin this week, driven by the launch of the first U.S. bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) – the most successful ETF launch in history – may support one of the year's other major FinTech stories: the rise of NFTs. The bitcoin EFT makes it possible for investors to buy exposure to the future price of bitcoin without purchasing either the futures … [Read more...] about NFTs (Part 1): How Misuse of a Technical Term Obscures an Economic and Legal Function