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Crypto Currency: What Do We Know About Investment Performance and Risk?

  • Sarah SwammyEmail author
  • Richard Thompson
  • Marvin Loh
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Abstract

Crypto currency originated in Nakamoto (Bitcoin: a peer-to-peer electronic cash system. https://bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf), which described a digital payment system that did not require a third party, but instead a network of participants. The underlying technology, known as blockchain, has allowed for the growth of crypto currency. Bitcoin and more recently other crypto currencies serve as tokens used in blockchain systems.

Although bitcoin has been traded 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, since 2010, rival crypto currencies started to appear in 2014. Since 2015, there have been competing coins, including ethereum, which operates on the ethereum network. Ethereum has a current market capitalization of $47.8 billion as of July 24, 2018, which is exceeded only by bitcoin’s $140.1 billion market capitalization on July 24, 2018 (These statistics were obtained from https://www.cryptocompare.com on July 24, 2018, at 10:59 AM EDT).

Keywords

Ethereum Blockchain technology Digital payment system Financial performance Financial markets 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Street Global Market, LLCNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Digital Air TechnologiesNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Bank of New York MellonNew YorkUSA

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