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Understanding and Using Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain

The age of Digital Currencies: Making sense of bitcoin, cyrptocurrency and blockchain

  • Sep 21st 2021

    10:00 AM To 06:00 PM EDT

  • Price

    FREE

  • Total Credits

    7.5 CPE

Understanding and Using Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain

Overview

In recent years, cryptocurrency—and in particular, Bitcoin—has demonstrated its value, now boasting 14 million Bitcoins in circulation. A cryptocurrency (or “crypto”) is a digital currency that can be used to buy goods and services but uses an online ledger with strong cryptography to secure online transactions. Much of the interest in these unregulated currencies is to trade for profit, with speculators at times driving prices skyward.

The most popular cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, has had volatile price moves this year, reaching nearly $65,000 in April before losing nearly half its value in May. In recent weeks, the price of bitcoin was back in the $45,000 range. On the other hand, you must be wondering, what is blockchain technology and how does it work? You will get your all answer at this 8 CPE conference.

Blockchain sometimes referred to as Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), makes the history of any digital asset unalterable and transparent through the use of decentralization and cryptographic hashing.  A simple analogy for understanding blockchain technology is a Google Doc. When we create a document and share it with a group of people, the document is distributed instead of copied or transferred.

In this CPE virtual conference, James Helik and Irene Katzela will walk you through various aspects of Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. You will be able to discover how cryptocurrency can be stored and its practical usage in real world. The treatment of digital currencies on the face of the balance sheet will be explained. You will also be able to explore various currencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Altcoins.

Completed

Continuing Education Credits

The modules in the conference qualifies for

  • 7.5 CPD Credit for all CPA (CA)
  • 7.5 CPE Credit for all CMA
  • 7.5 CPE Credit of Finance for CPA (US)
  • 7.5 PL Credit for all CFA

Speakers

Irene Katzela

Irene Katzela

Chief Technology Officer , The Miner Network

Irene is a technically savvy, seasoned leader with broad-based experience in network architecture, and information technology strategy. Track record guiding global business strategy with established and emerging technologies to achieve maximum operational impacts with minimum resource expenditures. In addition, she has proven expertise in research/development, implementation and adoption of emerging networking technologies. 

For the last 6 years she has a keen interest in the Blockchain technology space, especially application of Blockchain technologies in different business verticals. Currently, she is the Chief Technology Officer at the Miner Network. 

Dr. Katzela holds a PhD, a Master of Philosophy, and a Master of Science from Columbia University, NYC, New York. 

The Miner Network

In these unprecedented times, people are looking for good things to do with their money, and also to do good with their money. This is Miner, a resource-based crypto token that does both by tokenizing the service of mining, while cleaning up the dirtiest business in the world.

To learn more about the Miner Network, https://theminernetwork.org

To learn more about the Miner Token, https://minertoken.io 


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James Helik

James Helik

Contributing Editor , Benefits and Pensions Monitor

Jim Helik is a contributing editor at Benefits and Pensions Monitor, a magazine for pension plans and institutional investors, a position he has held for over 25 years. Previously he was the first full-time editor of a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal covering financial and economic markets, and the associated demographics and public policy issues for institutional investors across North America. He was also the founding editor of International Derivatives magazine. He has written, edited, and delivered via distance education, test banks, instructor notes, case studies and other teaching materials for the Canadian Securities Institute on a full range of topics such as portfolio management, private equity, financial planning, derivatives, technical analysis and investment management techniques. He currently teaches at Yorkville University in Toronto, Canada.

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Session Details

Irene Katzela

PhD

James Helik

Date

Sep 21st, 2021

Time

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
2 Credits

Introduction to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Since the emergence of Bitcoin in 2009, the world of cryptocurrency has advanced leaps and bounds throughout the world. What began as an unproven concept is now considered by many as the future of currency. But how did we get this far, and what’s happening next in the world of cryptocurrency? Let’s take a look at some of the currency’s defining moments and what that means for the future.

In order to understand how a digital currency became so widely popular, it’s first necessary to realize what that digital currency is. In very simple terms, cryptocurrencies decentralize currency, so that the government is not in control of your money. However, without the central entity, verifying payments and preventing double spending becomes a problem. A cryptocurrency is a means of exchange, such as the US dollar, but is digital and uses encryption techniques to control the creation of monetary units and to verify the transfer of funds.

Now the question is, what is blockchain technology? Blockchain technology is most simply defined as a decentralized, distributed ledger that records the provenance of a digital asset. By inherent design, the data on a blockchain is unable to be modified, which makes it a legitimate disruptor for industries like payments, cybersecurity and healthcare. Our conference will walk you through what it is, how it's used and its history.

Cryptography in digital world offers three core area that protect you and your data from an unauthorised use of your data and fraud. Cryptography allows people to carry over the confidence found in the physical world to the electronic world. It allows people to do business electronically without worries of deception.

One of the key contrasts is that blockchains aren’t on display in public, instead, anyone who wants to can store a copy of a blockchain on their computer. Blockchains use cryptography, computers and electricity to build the blocks, rather than stone and cement.

Major topics covered in this online CPE session:

  • History of digital currency
  • What is cryptocurrency?
  • Fundamentals of Blockchain Technology
  • The importance of Cryptography
  • Construction of Cryptocurrencies

Learning Objectives

  • To discover an extremely short history of Digital Money: From Digital Fiat Currency to Cryptocurrencies and beyond.
  • To learn about the theory and principles by which blockchains work.
  • To explain about cryptographic building blocks (“primitives”) and reasons about their security.
  • To discover how blockchains and cryptographic blocks can be used to construct simple cryptocurrencies
  • 2 CPD credit of for all CPA (CA)
  • 2 CPE credit of for all CMA
  • 2 CPE credit of Finance for all CPA (US)
  • 2 PL credit of for all CFA

Subject Area:

Finance

Course Level:

Basic

Instuctional Method:

Group Internet Based

Pre-requisites:

Advance Preparation:

Irene Katzela

PhD

James Helik

Date

Sep 21st, 2021

Time

12:00 PM – 01:00 PM
1 Credits

Cryptocurrencies in Practice. How do you Store and Use Cryptocurrencies?

Just the way we keep cash or cards in a physical wallet, bitcoins can also be stored in a wallet i.e. a digital wallet. The digital wallet can be hardware-based or web-based. The wallet can also reside on a mobile device, on a computer desktop, or kept safe by printing the private keys and addresses used for access on paper.

But how safe are any of these digital wallets? The answer to this depends on how the user manages the wallet. Every wallet contains a set of private keys without which the bitcoin owner cannot access the currency. The biggest danger in bitcoin security is the individual user perhaps losing the private key or having the private key stolen. Without the private key, the user will never see her bitcoins again. Besides losing the private key, a user can also lose her bitcoin by computer malfunctions (crashing a hard drive), by hacking, or by physically losing a computer where the digital wallet resides.

Getting cryptocurrency is one thing while storing it safely requires entirely different skills and knowledge. In this 1 CPE online Session, you will be able to learn different types of Fundamentals Blocks.

  1. Wallets: A cryptocurrency wallet is a software program designed to store your public and private keys, send and receive digital currencies, monitor their balance, and interact with various blockchains. You need to have a cryptocurrency wallet to manage your crypto assets and keep them secure.
  2. Exchanges: It refers to different types of services that allows to buy, trade and transact with cryptocurrencies.
  3. KYC and AML: It defines how Identity verification (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) works in cryptocurrency environment.

In this live CPE session, you will able to learn practical use of how to setup a wallet in case of cryptocurrency and its transactions.

Major topics covered in this online CPE session:

Fundamental Blocks: Wallets, Exchanges, Security

  • Wallets: Different ways of storing cryptocurrency keys and secure them.
  • Exchanges: Different types of services that allows to buy, trade and transact with cryptocurrencies. 
  • KYC and AML: Identity verification (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML)

Live Demonstration: Put everything together.

  • Setup a wallet
  • Open an exchange account
  • Transact in cryptocurrencies
  • Redeem to fiat currencies.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn how cryptocurrency can be stores and used in real world
  • How to differentiate between fundamental blocks like Wallets, Exchanges and Security
  • How to setup a wallet and incur transactions in the wallet
  • How exchanges in fundamental blocks works?
  • 1 CPD credit of for all CPA (CA)
  • 1 CPE credit of for all CMA
  • 1 CPE credit of Finance for all CPA (US)
  • 1 PL credit of for all CFA

Subject Area:

Finance

Course Level:

Basic

Instuctional Method:

Group Internet Based

Pre-requisites:

Advance Preparation:

Irene Katzela

PhD

James Helik

Date

Sep 21st, 2021

Time

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM
1 Credits

Cryptocurrencies on The Balance Sheet and As An Investment

As more companies consider investing in digital assets, leaders have much to consider about the nature of these instruments, the risks, and the benefits involved. In 2020, more operating companies began allocating cash to digital assets and cryptocurrencies. This is a new dynamic and a departure from more conventional investing by funds and others in this space.

There are a variety of reasons for adding digital assets to a company’s balance sheet, whether it’s seeking asymmetric risk return observed over previous years or as a natural hedge against fluctuating fiat currencies; part of a corporate strategy to embrace modern, open technologies; or viewed as a complement to an operational strategy that includes accepting digital assets as payments.

There are no accounting rules dedicated to cryptocurrencies. Under current US GAAP and, usually under IFRS, intangible asset accounting is applied.  We use the reporting by MicroStrategy to illustrate why this does not provide the right information for investors and explain how you should include cryptocurrency assets in your analysis.

In this 1 CPE session, you will be able to discover whether cryptocurrencies can be considered as a cash substitute or an investment. Cryptocurrencies in your company’s pension plan will be beneficial or not? Forecasting with respected to cryptocurrency with technical analysis will be discussed.

Major topics covered in this online CPE session:

  • Impact of cryptocurrencies on balance sheet and as an investment
  • Role of crypto in portfolio creation
  • Are all cryptocurrencies alike from an investment perspective?

Learning Objectives

  • How to treat cryptocurrency on the face of financial statements
  • To discover future of cryptocurrencies
  • To decide risk and reward with respect to Cryptocurrencies
  • 1 CPD credit of for all CPA (CA)
  • 1 CPE credit of for all CMA
  • 1 CPE credit of Finance for all CPA (US)
  • 1 PL credit of for all CFA

Subject Area:

Finance

Course Level:

Basic

Instuctional Method:

Group Internet Based

Pre-requisites:

Advance Preparation:

Break

02:00 PM – 02:30 PM EDT

Irene Katzela

PhD

James Helik

Date

Sep 21st, 2021

Time

02:30 PM – 03:30 PM
1 Credits

Bitcoin, Ethereum and Altcoins

In this 1 CPE session, you will able to learn about the Bitcoin, Ethereum and Altcoins.

Not only is Bitcoin the first cryptocurrency, but it’s also the best known of the more than 5,000 cryptocurrencies in existence today. Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that you can buy, sell and exchange directly, without an intermediary like a bank. Bitcoin is built on a distributed digital record called a blockchain. As the name implies, blockchain is a linked body of data, made up of units called blocks that contain information about each and every transaction, including date and time, total value, buyer and seller, and a unique identifying code for each exchange. Entries are strung together in chronological order, creating a digital chain of blocks.

Ethereum is often referred to as the second most popular cryptocurrency, after Bitcoin. But unlike Bitcoin—and most other virtual currencies—Ethereum is intended to be much more than simply a medium of exchange or a store of value. Instead, Ethereum calls itself a decentralized computing network built on blockchain technology. Let’s unpack what that means. It’s distributed in the sense that everyone participating in the Ethereum network holds an identical copy of this ledger, letting them see all past transactions. It’s decentralized in that the network isn’t operated or managed by any centralized entity—instead, it’s managed by all of the distributed ledger holders.

In essence, altcoins are alternative cryptocurrencies to Bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency that could eventually replace fiat money, such as the dollar. Like Bitcoin, they use blockchain as a means of securing peer-to-peer transactions. How these altcoins use blockchain can differ greatly from Bitcoins, as different consensus mechanisms are used to validate transactions or create blocks.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn about Bitcoin and the Curse of the Double Spend Problem
  • How does bitcoins, altcoins and ethereum works?
  • To learn about the Bitcoin protocol’s fundamental components
  • To discover Similarities and Differences to Bitcoin
  • Learn about the Ethereum protocol’s fundamental components
  • 1 CPD credit of for all CPA (CA)
  • 1 CPE credit of for all CMA
  • 1 CPE credit of Finance for all CPA (US)
  • 1 PL credit of for all CFA

Subject Area:

Finance

Course Level:

Basic

Instuctional Method:

Group Internet Based

Pre-requisites:

Advance Preparation:

Irene Katzela

PhD

James Helik

Date

Sep 21st, 2021

Time

03:30 PM – 04:30 PM
1 Credits

Regulations and the Emerging Crypto World

The crypto world is changing quickly, and regulations are coming from many areas. Their growing prevalence raises challenges for regulators who are faced with questions around financial stability and preventing money laundering and the funding of terrorism. To combat these crypto-crimes, regulators need to work alongside technology experts be forward-thinking to design laws that are fit for purpose.

As banks recognize their customers’ growing interest in cryptocurrency, they are asking the vendors that provide their core banking software with the configuration of cryptocurrencies. By the next decade, they will also be dealing with cryptocurrencies and able to catch up the road.

Latest surveys suggest that Americans Lost $80 Million to Crypto Scams in 6 Months. It isn't only cryptocurrency prices that have skyrocketed recently -- cryptocurrency scams are on the rise as well. In some ways, the current environment is a perfect storm for fraudsters. If you invest in the stock market, you have a certain level of safety because companies and stockbrokers have to abide by strict regulations. In crypto, however, it can be hard to tell the difference between real companies and fake ones which makes you vulnerable to threats.

Learning Objectives

  • How banks are yet catching up with the new crypto world?
  • To discover frauds /scams and the current environment in the era of the crypto world
  • To identify the role of central banks in the marketplace
  • To learn the importance of strict regulations in the practical world in the presence of cryptocurrency
  • 1 CPD credit of for all CPA (CA)
  • 1 CPE credit of for all CMA
  • 1 CPE credit of Finance for all CPA (US)
  • 1 PL credit of for all CFA

Subject Area:

Finance

Course Level:

Basic

Instuctional Method:

Group Internet Based

Pre-requisites:

Advance Preparation:

Irene Katzela

PhD

James Helik

Date

Sep 21st, 2021

Time

04:30 PM – 06:00 PM
1.5 Credits

The Future of Blockchains and Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrency has become a global sensation in recent years, although a lot is still to be understood about this maturing technology. Many questions and concerns are swirling around technology and its capacity to disrupt traditional financial systems. Blockchain is an emerging technology, so predictions are still mixed about its potential. 

In this session, you will able to gain knowledge about capabilities and limitation of blockchain technology and different aspects to it. Various environmental impacts will be considered for cryptocurrency mining. We will also be discussing the impact and changes that the quantum computing might bring in 5, 10 or 30 years.

Is bitcoin bad for the environment? Unlike most forms of currency issued by single entities (usually central banks), Bitcoin is based on a decentralized network. Its transactions are approved by different miners who simultaneously solve complex equations using specific hardware and plenty of energy. It delivers the promise of lower transaction fees than traditional online payment mechanisms – such as MoneyGram, Transferwise or Western Union – and, unlike government-issued currencies, it is operated by a decentralized authority thanks to the use of blockchain technology.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn why blockchain and cryptocurrency is a powerful technology, where the technology is going, and who is driving the innovation
  • How to use and protect blockchain and cryptocurrencies in a non-financial sector, and where does private/enterprise blockchain come into play
  • To learn what is the environmental impact of cryptocurrency mining
  • To explain the capabilities and limitations of blockchain technology
  • To discuss the effect of quantum computing in the next few decades
  • 1.5 CPD credit of for all CPA (CA)
  • 1.5 CPE credit of for all CMA
  • 1.5 CPE credit of Finance for all CPA (US)
  • 1.5 PL credit of for all CFA

Subject Area:

Finance

Course Level:

Basic

Instuctional Method:

Group Internet Based

Pre-requisites:

Advance Preparation:

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