Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency: Promise or Peril?




1:30 p.m. Registration Opens

2:00 p.m. Welcoming Remarks:
Welcoming Remarks from Martin Essenburg, Executive Director of the Center for Financial Services.

2:05 p.m. Introduction: Bitcoin 101
What is Bitcoin? What is cryptocurrency? How and why were they created? Professor Lamont Black will provide a “101” introduction to the basic concepts behind the cryptocurrency market.

2:30 p.m. The Current State of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency as an Asset Class
In our first panel, we will discuss the evolution of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies as an asset class. The focus will be on the recent volatility in the cryptocurrency market. Panelists will provide an overview of the various market participants and explain potential drivers for the changes in valuation.

  • Moderator: Todd Briggs (RSM)
  • Clint Cox (The Anchor House)
  • More TBA

3:30 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m. Managing Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency for Investors
In our second panel, we will discuss the suitability of moving cryptocurrencies into the broader investment management space. We’ll hear from industry experts on both sides of the issue—those who are working with clients in the cryptocurrency market and those who have decided against it. Panelists will discuss regulatory and compliance issues as well.

  • Moderator: TBA
  • Joseph Tabet (William Blair)
  • Josh Rogers (Arete Wealth Management)
  • More TBA

4:45 p.m. Reception
We’ll host a networking reception with hors-d’oeuvres.

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