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A Primer on Digital Money, 1st Edition

By Mark Grabowski


136 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367192679
pub: 2019-06-19
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Already in just a decade of existence, cryptocurrencies have been the world’s best-performing financial asset, outperforming stocks, bonds, commodities and currencies. This comprehensive yet concise book will enable the reader to learn about the nuts and bolts of cryptocurrencies, including their history, technology, regulations and economics. Additionally, this book teaches sound investment strategies that already work along with the spectrum of risks and returns.

This book provides a plain-language primer for beginners worldwide on how to confidently navigate the rapidly evolving world of cryptocurrencies. Beginning by cutting to the chase, the author lists the common burning questions about cryptocurrency and provides succinct answers. Next, he gives an overview of cryptocurrency’s underlying technology: blockchain. He then explores the history of cryptocurrency and why it’s attracted so much attention. With that foundation, readers will be ready to understand how to invest in cryptocurrency: how cryptocurrency differs from traditional investments such as stocks, how to decide which cryptocurrency to invest in, how to acquire it, how to send and receive it, along with investment strategies. Additionally, legal issues, social implications, cybersecurity risks and the vocabulary of cryptocurrency are also covered, including Bitcoin and the many alternative cryptocurrencies.

Written by a journalist-turned-professor, this book’s appeal lies in its succinct, informative and easy-to-understand style. It will be of great interest to anyone looking to further their understanding of what cryptocurrency is, why it’s a big deal, how to acquire it, how to send and receive it, and investment strategies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. FAQs

3. Fundamentals

4. History

5. Investing

6. Legal Issues

7. Other Topics

8. Resources

About the Author

Mark Grabowski is an associate professor at Adelphi University, New York, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Focus on Economics and Finance

The fields of economics and finance are constantly expanding and evolving. This growth presents a significant challenge to readers trying to keep up with the latest important insights. Routledge Focus on Economics and Finance presents short books on the latest big topics, leveraging cutting edge research from scholars globally. 

Individually, each title in the series provides coverage of a key topic, whilst collectively, the series forms a comprehensive collection across the whole spectrum of economics and finance.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Accounting
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Banks & Banking
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Finance
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Money & Monetary Policy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Financial Services
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / E-Commerce / General (see also COMPUTERS / Electronic Commerce)
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Governance