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Event Registration - Distinguished Lecture Series: Who Owns and Trades Bitcoin: Evidence from the Blockchain

Thursday, May 13, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Distinguished Lecture Series: Who Owns and Trades Bitcoin: Evidence from the Blockchain

Cryptocurrencies have had a remarkable growth in valuation and attention over the last decade. The distinguishing feature of cryptocurrencies is the promise of a decentralized system of payments and storage of value outside the traditional nexus of government scrutiny. While more than 4,500 cryptos are now in circulation, Bitcoin is still by far the largest market with market cap in excess of $750 billion. But despite its dramatic rise we still know little about the participants in the Bitcoin eco system and their utilization of Bitcoin. Who are the largest holders of BTC balances? Who is using BTC for transactions or trading? And what is the geographic distribution of the participants? The talk will focus on a number of new stylized facts about the ownership, concentration of balances and volume across the major groups of participants on the BTC platform. In particular the behavior of miners, exchanges, illegal uses and scams, and large hodlers.

CFA Society Boston and New Frontier Institute are proud to present a Distinguished Lecture Series of highly topical presentations by widely acknowledged authorities on issues of particular interest to asset management practitioners. The Series consists of four monthly lectures beginning in February and ending in May 2021. The presentations include an analysis of the pension fund management crisis, the surprising long-term performance of equities, defining ESG for asset management, and the latest research in cryptocurrencies.   

Speaker Bio

Antoinette Schoar is the Stewart C. Myers-Horn Family Professor of Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Cologne, Germany. She is the co-chair of the NBER Corporate Finance group. Her research interests span from entrepreneurship and financing of small businesses in emerging markets to household finance and intermediation in retail financial markets. She received several awards, including the Brattle Prize for best paper in the Journal of Finance and the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship in 2009. She has published numerous research papers in The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, and others. Her work has been featured in The Economist, the Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She is also the co-founder of ideas42, a non-profit organization that uses insights from behavioral economics and psychology to solve social problems. 

(Moderator): Peter Brian Enyeart, CFA, President, Strategic Advisers LLC, Fidelity Investments
Brian Enyeart is president of Strategic Advisers LLC, a registered investment adviser and a Fidelity Investments company. 
Fidelity Investments is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, 
benefits outsourcing, and other financial products and services to institutions, financial intermediaries, and individuals. Before joining Fidelity in 2006, Mr. Enyeart served as director of quantitative research at Citigroup Asset Management and worked with equity market models and software development at BARRA, Inc. He has been in the financial 
industry since 1994. Mr. Enyeart earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science and business from Vanderbilt University and his 
master of arts degree in finance from Golden Gate University. He is also a CFA® charterholder and on the board of 
directors for the CFA Institute Boston Chapter.


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Professional Learning Credits
CFA Boston has determined that this event qualifies for 1 PL credit hour under the guidelines of CFA Institute's Professional Learning Program.  If you are a CFA Institute member and a CFA Society Boston member, PL credit for your participation in this event will be automatically recorded in your PL tracking tool. Otherwise, you may upload 1 PL credit to your CFA Institute account in the PL tracking tool. 

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