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The Cryptocurrency Craze

Get cryptic about what e-money really means for the future of our economy, our environment, and our (digital) wallets.
The Cryptocurrency Craze is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 19.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short and Introductory I do not mind the short intro to Cryptocurrency world in this lecture. I hope Wondrium can develop a full course on Crypto and Blockchain expand on the ideas in this short lecture
Date published: 2022-03-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dont listen to IMF associated Bankers This is BS. There is no wonder that a banker associated with IMF would mock crypto. Obviously they would because it would take the power out of the hands of the bankers and also countries like USA who use petrodollar to power the war machine and to force other countries to become export based economies and invest in US treasury giving rise to the cycle that provides USA with an endless power to fund senseless wars all over the world. Obviously US govt would hate crypto because it would threaten their world domination. But considering the fact that Dollar esentailly needs fossil fuels to sustain USA's current economy, the "power guzzling" computers are not even a drop in the ocean of fossil fuel based environmental problems. not to mention the brutality due to wars. Crypto AND blockchain are a wonderful thing. IF and I repreat IF used properly, they could hold the key for eqaulity of countries on the world stage, reducing wealth gap, better enforcement of taxation on the ultra wealthy, reducing black money etc. Not only that, they could be helpful in providing transparent democracy dollar funding and unbiased advertisement to improve journalism. Please, dont listen to the cause of current problems (IMF) as t why something that threatens their power structure isnt a good thing.
Date published: 2021-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Overview In the short presentation, I feel like the video gave me a quick overview and enough information to further my research. I also appreciate hearing the professors personal opinion.
Date published: 2021-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Introduction and Advise Bitcoin bugs are obviously going to hate this lecture! However, it raises some very important points on why investing in Crypto is speculative at best.
Date published: 2021-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Introduction In the 30 minutes or so the lecture touches on the history, politics, cryptography, technology, strengths and weaknesses of cryptographic currencies and distinguishes this specific application of block-chain verification from more general uses of the block-chain. It would not be realistic to expect in-depth and detailed information on this massive topic in just a few minutes; hence the lecture would not be of value to people who are knowledgeable or expert in the field. However, this lecture is perfect for someone looking for an intelligent, expert, and useful quick introduction and overview to the topic.
Date published: 2021-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Making sense of cryptocurrency I love how the prof went into the history as well as the definition of currency before explaining crypto.
Date published: 2021-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Brief Overview of Crypto I loved this professors demeanor, going to look into taking his other extended courses. This was a good primer style overview of Bitcoin and Blockchain. It's a complex system and process so could use an entire 6-12 lesson course to itself. I'd like to see it explained in reference to the history of gold and paper currency in the US and abroad as the representative value of money is a relatively complex system as is, so seeing how Bitcoin/Crypto/Blockchain fits into that, and how it could be used in the future as a replacement or adjunct to the current international trade system would be interesting to me.
Date published: 2021-05-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Merely an opinion This "course" is just a biased view of Bitcoin. The instructor advised against investing in Bitcoin. I feel bad for people that took his advice.
Date published: 2021-04-04
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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

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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