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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Central Banks

Registration for this event is at full capacity and is now closed. Watch the livestream here at 6:30 p.m. Central on Aug. 29.

Date:  Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
Time:  Reception: 6 p.m. (Light fare will be served.)
Program: 6:30‑8 p.m.
Location: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza
Broadway and Locust St.
St. Louis, Mo. 63102 (map it)

Cryptocurrency. Blockchain. Bitcoin. We frequently come across these terms in newscasts and in financial publications but don't always understand how they relate to one another. We see how quickly technology advances, and know that the way we purchase goods and services may be totally different in the future. We hear about the possibility of central banks entering the cryptocurrency game at some point, and wonder how that will that impact our payment system.

Economist David Andolfatto, vice president of research at the St. Louis Fed, will help satisfy your curiosity about cryptocurrency. He will discuss the basics of blockchain technology, which is the underlying structure for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Additional topics will include the role of central bank-issued digital currency and the impact it could have on our current payment system and on the global economy.

Questions? Contact Ellen Amato at or 314-444-3749.

This presentation is part of the St. Louis Fed’s evening discussion series, called Dialogue with the Fed: Beyond Today's Financial Headlines. View previous presentations at this site.