The Cryptocurrency Craze

Get cryptic about what e-money really means for the future of our economy, our environment, and our (digital) wallets.
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Overview

A secure, private means of money or a Ponzi scheme that may lead to an environmental disaster? Join a professor of economics at Duke University to reveal where the truth lies when it comes to e-money.

About

Connel Fullenkamp
Connel Fullenkamp

I love that the The Great Courses gives me a chance I wouldn't otherwise have to teach people who love to learn. I really enjoy the challenge of putting together courses that are engaging and useful!

INSTITUTION

Duke University

Professor Connel Fullenkamp is Professor of the Practice and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Duke University. He teaches financial economics courses, such as corporate finance, as well as core courses, such as economic principles. In addition to teaching, he serves as a consultant for the Duke Center for International Development. Prior to joining the Duke faculty in 1999, Professor Fullenkamp was a faculty member in the Department of Finance within the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Professor Fullenkamp earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Michigan State University. In addition to receiving the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, he was named one of the university's Alumni Distinguished Scholars. He earned his master's and doctorate degrees in Economics from Harvard University, where he was also awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Professor Fullenkamp's areas of interest include financial market development and regulation, economic policy, and immigrant remittances. His work has appeared in a number of prestigious academic journals, including the Review of Economic Dynamics, The Cato Journal, and the Journal of Banking and Finance. He also does consulting work for the IMF Institute at the International Monetary Fund, training government officials around the world. He is a member of the IMF Institute's finance team, whose purpose is to train central bankers and other officials in financial market regulation, focusing on derivatives and other new financial instruments. In recognition of his teaching excellence, Professor Fullenkamp has received Duke University's Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award as well as the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business Outstanding Teacher Award. Along with Sunil Sharma, Professor Fullenkamp won the third annual ICFR-Financial Times Research Prize for their paper on international financial regulation.

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The Cryptocurrency Craze

01: The Cryptocurrency Craze

Dig into the history of cryptocurrencies and learn how they work, why they are desirable—or disadvantageous. Professor Connel Fullenkamp from Duke University reveals the emergence and evolution of e-money. He appraises the requirements money needs to deliver, explains the importance of blockchain, and dives into the pitfalls of e-currency such as fraud, unwarranted inflation, and its use to pay for illegal or illicit activities. If you have ever considered the cryptocurrency market, or even just wondered what all the fuss is about, you can’t miss this insightful and balanced explanation.

17 min