An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies: The Crypto Market Ecosystem (Contemporary Issues in Finance)

October 31, 2020
An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies: The Crypto Market Ecosystem (Contemporary Issues in Finance)

The Crypto Market Ecosystem has emerged as the most profoundapplication of blockchain technology in finance. This textbookadopts an integrated approach, linking traditional functions of thecurrent financial system (payments, traded assets, fundraising,regulation) with the respective functions in the crypto market, inorder to facilitate the reader in their understanding of how thisnew ecosystem works.The book walks the reader through the main features of theblockchain technology, the definitions, classifications, anddistinct characteristics of cryptocurrencies and tokens, how theseare evaluated, how funds are raised in the cryptocurrency ecosystem(ICOs), and what the main regulatory approaches are. The authorshave compiled more than 100 sources from different sub-fields ofeconomics, finance, and regulation to create a coherent textbookthat provides the reader with a clear and easily understandablepicture of the new world of encrypted finance and itsapplications.The book is primarily aimed at business and finance students,who already have an understanding of the basic principles of howthe financial system works, but also targets a more generalreadership, by virtue of its broader scope and engaging andaccessible tone.