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Cyber Currency - What is it, How does it Work, and What about Regulations?

  • Speaker: RAY GRABER

      Duration: 60 Min

      Product ID: TL000016

      Course Level: Intermediate


If 2017 was the year of the ICO, it seems as if 2018 is destined to become the year of regulatory reckoning. Things have already begun to heat up as countries around the world grapple with cryptocurrencies and try to determine how they are going to treat them. Some are welcoming, others are cautious. And some countries are downright antagonistic. Here is a brief overview of how 15 countries/unions from various regions are treating cryptocurrency regulations.

Bitcoins have gotten much more traction than early detractors and pundits expected. With that reality, what do banks need to do, if anything, to prepare for their existence and surprising acceptance? This session will present the fundamental workings of virtual currencies with an emphasis on bitcoin and the current state of the regulatory front. We will get your thinking caps energized as to how bankers might approach virtual currencies and some thoughts about what the future might hold for bitcoin. It appears that Bitcoin and blockchain are here to stay - what does that mean to your institution? Banks are pumping huge amounts of money into systems designed to prevent money laundering, but the blockchain could help by recording each leg of a transaction, making its ultimate destination easier to trace. Once you understand the fundamentals, you will be able to determine what this means to your institution.

Objectives of the Presentation

  • What is Bitcoin/bitcoin/block chain?
  • How the heck does it work?
  • Facts and figures to surprise you
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • "Regulations? We don't need no stinkin' regulations!"
  • The legal tender debate
  • Technology and regulatory issues
  • What bank's should do now

Why Should you Attend

Bitcoins have been adopted by a wide range of user - the good, the bad, and the ugly. Understanding how they and the block chain operate is essential to preparing for is further adoption and incorporation into financial society.

Although primarily associated with bitcoin, the blockchain is increasingly being eyed by the financial services world as a potential boon for a range of functions. Senior bankers are discussing the potential of blockchain technology as a way to cut costs and improve transparency for financial transactions.

Citi, UBS and Barclays have all recently confirmed that they are exploring the blockchain, while last week a BNP Paribas analyst speculated that the distributed ledger has the potential to completely upend post-trade infrastructure. No bank can afford to ignore what it [bitcoin and the blockchain] promises for the ongoing avalanche of digital innovations to come, including fighting crime and combatting cyber-attacks.

Who Will Benefits

  • Operations professionals
  • Money managers - Wall Street
  • Cash Management professionals
  • Payments professionals
  • Retail Banking officers
  • Bank research staff
  • Attorneys
  • Compliance Managers

About Speaker

RAY GRABER, Financial Consultant

Ray Graber has a deep and thorough understanding of banking, technology, and finance. His business experience includes banking technology research at TowerGroup; best practices internet security, policies, and procedures at FleetBoston Financial; wire transfer operations and product launches at Citibank and BankBoston; and treasury operations for a $325 million public company. Mr. Graber was an adjunct professor at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College where he taught three graduate-level courses: E-Banking, the MBA Leadership Workshop, and Corporate Finance. Previously, he taught the Financial Management of Commercial Banks in the Bos  More Info