Cryptoassets: an overview

H. Kent Baker, Hugo Benedetti, Ehsan Nikbakht, Sean Stein Smith

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Bitcoin's introduction as the first cryptoasset in 2009 ushered in a new era, representing a seismic shift in the financial markets. Since then, this evolving asset class has generated much interest, excitement, and growth. This chapter begins by providing a brief background of cryptoassets. It then discusses their main types (cryptocurrencies, security tokens, and utility tokens), users (individual investors, major financial institutions, endowments, and hedge funds), and benefits and drawbacks. Next, it sets forth the book's purpose, distinguishing features, intended audience, and structure. The chapter provides a synopsis of each of the remaining 21 chapters. Although no single book can encompass all changes and iterations of these technologies as they emerge in the marketplace, this book brings together a broad collection of industry expertise and academic analysis to create a book helpful to researchers, academics, and practitioners.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Emerald Handbook on Cryptoassets
Subtitle of host publicationInvestment Opportunities and Challenges
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781804553206
ISBN (Print)9781804553213
StatePublished - 16 Jan 2023

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  • Bitcoin
  • Cryptoassets
  • Financial institutions
  • Individual investors
  • Security tokens
  • Utility tokens


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