Many financial institutions such as Fidelity, E-Trade, JP Morgan, Bank of America, to name a few, have blockchain and cryptocurrency divisions and labs (and not to mention the many crypto funds and startups). Some have crypto market trading desks and are increasingly seeking for crypto market expertise – traders, analysts and researchers. They are constantly trying to better understand crypto market data and blockchain data as it relates to the digital assets which trade on the crypto exchanges. Some are building solutions, using blockchain technology to facilitate financial transactions, such as cross-border payments, over the counter transactions or issuing bonds. Some are looking into tokenization (e.g., Goldman Sachs). In this course, we first explain what blockchain is and then discuss how it is (and can be) applied in financial markets.
This course is presented in two sessions: Part 1 (Introductions to blockchain and the first use case – Bitcoin) and Part 2 (Smart Contacts and use cases and applications in financial markets). Registrants should attend both sessions in their entirety.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Define blockchain technology
- Explain how blockchain works
- Recognize the challenges of blockchain and discussed the proposed solutions to address them
- Describe bitcoin and its derivative coins
- Describe Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and its relation to blockchain technology
- Explain the legal status of blockchain and digital assets in the US and globally
- Explain what smart contracts are and their uses and applications
- Analyze the different use cases and applications of blockchain technology in the financial industry including: clearing and settlement, proxy voting, payments and data management
Suggested Prerequisites: None
Program Level: Foundational
Target Audience: Anyone who wants to learn about Blockchain and its various applications in financial markets, such as staff from operations, IT, legal, compliance, middle office, research or HR, and regulators who work closely with various aspects of the capital markets and FinTech.
Advance Preparation: None
Computers and Financial Calculators: Computers or tablets for viewing and accessing the electronic documents. Calculators are not required.
Date: Thursday and Friday, May 7 and 8 – 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Recommended CPE Credits: 4.8
Instructor: Merav Ozair, PhD
Duration: 4 Hours Total