The Blockchain Revolution: Decoding Digital Currencies
Keynote Presentation by Fernando Martin
Interest in cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance spawned by Bitcoin and blockchain technology continues to grow and shows no signs of slowing. During a March 2014 Dialogue with the Fed event, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis was the first central banking organization to sponsor a public lecture on cryptocurrencies and blockchain. Since then, economists and research associates at the St. Louis Fed have published numerous articles and explainers on these topics.
In this recorded presentation, Fernando Martin, economist and assistant vice president at the St. Louis Fed, discusses decentralized finance, blockchain technology and digital currencies. Martin is the co-author of “The Blockchain Revolution: Decoding Digital Currencies,” the feature essay from the St. Louis Fed’s 2021 annual report. Following his presentation, Martin is joined his co-author and St. Louis Fed senior vice president, David Andolfatto, for a Q&A session.
Welcome and Introduction
- Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain (3:17)
- We Already Have Digital Money
- The Double-Spend Problem
- Communal Record-Keeping
- How Blockchain Technology Works
- Front-End: Cryptoassets Are Permissionless
- Back-End: Database Management
- Cryptocurrency Applications
- Stablecoins and Financial Stability
- Smart Contracts
- Smart Contracts vs. Traditional Finance
- Asset Tokenization
- Decentralized Autonomous Organizations
- How Are Cryptoassets Actually Trades?
- Why Create a CBDC?
- Blockchain Applications
- Ability to Write History is a Tremendous Power
Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A
- Annual Report 2021: The Blockchain Revolution: Decoding Digital Currencies (April 20, 2022)
- From the Research Division: Cryptocurrencies and Fintech
- FRED: Cryptocurrency Series
- Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ Central Bank Digital Currency Discussion Paper: Money and Payments: The U.S. Dollar in the Age of Digital Transformation (January 20, 2022)