Introduction to Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain

  • Date: Thursday, 07 June 2018
  • Time: 09:00 AM CDT
  • Location: Chicago
  • Speaker: Marti Tirinnanzi
  • Sponsoring Firm: The Institute for Financial Markets (IFM)

Bitcoin, the first decentralized cryptocurrency, has become mainstream as evidenced by a number of recent events: the introduction of regulated online trading platforms, record gains in value, and the launch of bitcoin futures contracts. What was once a relatively obscure, peer-to-peer digital payment transmitted over the internet has emerged to global acceptance as a means of payment for goods and services by as many as 100,000 companies worldwide.

Since 2014, legal decisions and regulations have recognized Bitcoin, Ethereum and thousands of other virtual currencies in mainstream commerce. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission recognizes bitcoin as a commodity and subject to Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) and CFTC Regulations. The Securities and Exchange Commission and Internal Revenue Service also established guidance on digital currency transactions.

Join us for a one-day program to better understand the decentralized digital currencies and the blockchain, the cryptographic technology protocol that serves as either a public or private ledger of transactions, among “permissioned” networks. You will also learn about “Smart Contracts” which are being applied to a number of innovations in the financial services industry and beyond.

After the course you will be able to:

• Learn about how and why Bitcoin got started, and recent developments that have secured Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as a means of payment worldwide
• Discuss developments by government agencies to either supervise Bitcoin transactions, or explore using sovereign digital currencies to enhance efficiencies within federal and state Treasuries
• Discover how the daily currency settlements between Bitcoin and sovereign currencies are determined
• Understand underlying protocols to blockchain, also called distributed ledger technology, and how it is changing the approach to doing business in everything from financial services, healthcare to the internet of things (iOT)
• Discover the concepts behind “Smart Contracts”
• Understand the differences between intrinsic tokens and asset-backed tokens and ICOs
• Learn how bitcoin is gaining legitimacy as an asset class and how futures trading represents a milestone for the cryptocurrency

Class Size: Registration is limited to approximately 15 participants to promote student participation and interaction.

Who Should Attend: Anyone who is interested in learning about digital currency and/or contemplating its role in the derivatives market.

Level: Introductory

Cost: $695 Early-bird | $750 Standard registration

Complimentary morning and afternoon refreshment breaks are provided. Lunch on own

To Register: Online click here, contact the Institute at 202.223.1528 or via e-mail at