Vol. 16, No. 2, 2018
Seoyoung Kim, Atulya Sarin and Daljeet Virdi
With the recent surge in crypto-activity, a natural question arises as to what exactly a “cryptocurrency” is and how to value and assess these digital assets. In this paper, we provide an overview of the history and technology underlying cryptocurrencies. We also present information on the volume, size, and volatility of this emerging asset class, which we compare to major fiat currencies and commodities. Finally, we provide a framework for valuing crypto-assets, discuss the still-evolving regulatory environment for this asset class, and discuss the mechanics of investing in cryptocurrencies.