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Contents Preface7 Chapter 1: Digital Asset Revolution9 Introduction: The building blocks of disruption10 The rise of digital assets and the future of financial services10 Web 3 and the new Internet of value11 The Golden Nine: Essential functions of the financial industry12 A taxonomy for digital assets14 Decentralized finance is eating Wall Street16 DeFi: A new architecture for the financial system16 The Golden Nine: How DeFi is reimagining Wall Street16 A taxonomy of digital assets28 Cryptocurrencies aka digital money29 Protocol tokens30 Central bank digital currencies33 Non-fungible tokens35 Stablecoins37 Securities tokens40 Governance tokens43 Exchange tokens45 Natural asset tokens46 Implementation challenges of DeFi47 The technology is not ready for prime time47 The energy use is unsustainable48 Governments will stifle or twist it48 Powerful incumbents of the old paradigm will usurp it49 The incentives are inadequate for adoption: The bootstrapping problem49 Blockchain is a job killer49 Governance is like herding cats50 Criminals will use it50 Conclusion: The coming conflagration50 Chapter 2: Cosmos and Polkadot for the Enterprise51 Interoperability in brief51 The challenge of interoperability52 Introducing Cosmos53 Cosmos origins and ethos53 The core technology components of Cosmos54 Metrics of Cosmos success57 Introducing Polkadot58 Polkadots origins and ethos59 The core technology components of Polkadot60 How enterprise can use Polkadot63 The Polkadot ecosystem and its impact64 What do decision makers need to know?65 Key similarities65 Key differences66 Conclusions on interoperability69 Chapter 3: The Promise of Community-Owned Prediction Markets70 Prediction markets in brief70 The promise of prediction markets71 Classic use case: Sports and political betting71 The problems of sportsbooks72 The perils of centralized betting exchanges72 The centralized governance problem74 The future is clear: Community-owned betting markets74 Introducing the crypto network75 Problems with decentralized governance77 Introducing prediction market-based governance79 Governance design for a simple prediction market79 Conclusion: The inevitability of crypto networks82 Chapter 4: Going Cashless with CBDCs82 Webinar in brief82 Introduction: A new paradigm for money83 Disruptive technology makes for new policy options84 Overview of the digital dollar86 How digital currencies differ from other financial assets86 Attributes of the digital dollar87 The need for infrastructure innovation88 Roadmap to a new banking system88 Attributes of a digital global reserve currency89 The goal of modernizing global economic architecture91 The need to modernize global financial regulation92 Conclusions: This is just the beginning93 Diversity makes for a healthy marketplace93 Blockchain will transform other financial assets93 Currency innovation will unleash economic innovation95 Chapter 5: Introduction to Stablecoins96 Stablecoins in brief96 The context for stablecoins97 The economics behind the protocols99 Governance of stablecoins101 Gold or bitcoin, a stable commodity?103 Types of stablecoins104 Asset-collateralized stablecoins104 Non-collateralized stablecoins111 Hybrid stablecoin models113 Top stablecoins114 Tether (USDt)115 USD Coin (USDC)116 Binance USD (BUSD)118 Dai (DAI)119 Frax (FRAX)120 TrueUSD (TUSD)121 Paxos Dollar (USDP)122 Gemini (GUSD)123 Using stablecoins: A few ideas125 Conclusion and review127 Chapter 6: Financial Derivatives with Blockchain and Smart Contracts128 Blockchain-based derivatives in brief128 Derivative contracts on blockchains129 Levels of applications130 Standardization, transparency, and interoperability130 Collateral, settlement, and automation132 Derivatives on public blockchains133 LuxDeco and the worlds first cryptobon

About the Author

Alex Tapscott is an entrepreneur, author, and seasoned capital markets professional focused on the impact of the emerging technologies (such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies) on business, government, and society. He is managing director of the Digital Asset Group, a division of Ninepoint Partners LP, an investment firm with $8 billion in assets under management and institutional contract. He is co-author of the critically acclaimed nonfiction bestseller, Blockchain Revolution, which has been translated into more than 15 languages and sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide.


"Alex Tapscott takes us to the frontiers of finance, where digital assets are transforming money, reimagining financial markets, and disrupting leading institutions, including central banks. Digital Asset Revolution is a wake-up call for financial and business leaders everywhere."--Hon. J. Christopher Giancarlo, Former Chairman, US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and Co-Founder, Digital Dollar Project

"This is an important book for enterprise leaders to better understand blockchain and how digital assets will change the future of business."--Tyler Winklevoss, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gemini Trust Company LLC "Whether you're starting your journey or you're a seasoned market participant, Digital Asset Revolution should be on your reading list. Alex Tapscott's latest is brimming with original insights on the digital asset ecosystem, with some far-sighted predictions on where we are headed."--Scott Melker, Host, The Wolf of All Street s Podcast "Digital Asset Revolution demonstrates the tremendous potential of Web3 and digital assets by describing their roles in powering this new era of technology innovation and economic progress. ... A must-read!"--Sandeep Nailwal, Co-founder, Polygon Technology "Alex Tapscott is a leading voice in the digital asset world. His latest book, Digital Asset Revolution, is required reading for investors, executives, and anyone else trying to understand how to capitalize on the next big thing."--Daniela Cambone, Editor-at-Large and Chief Anchor, Stansberry Research "Alex Tapscott has been ahead of the curve on digital assets since the beginning. In Digital Asset Revolution, he offers the clearest picture yet of where we are headed. This book is required reading for investors, executives, hobbyists, and anyone trying to understand the future."--John Wu, President, Ava Labs Inc. "To grasp the fundamentals and intricacies of the most revolutionary financial innovations of our time, there is no better guide than Alex Tapscott's Digital Asset Revolutio n--as insightful and instructive for those looking to understand the future of personal and global finance as it is for those investing in it."--Perianne Boring, Founder and President, Chamber of Digital Commerce "As distrust in our institutions hits new lows, the digital asset revolution that began with bitcoin lights a different path, one where we have greater agency over our assets and ourselves. ... Digital Asset Revolutio n explores the far-reaching consequences of this revolution, from money and banking to art and real estate and even our identities online."--Bill Barhydt, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Abra "The Tapscott name has become synonymous with keen futurism and a generational dedication to advancing business' understanding of the current technology epoch. Alex's book continues this tradition of excellence while expanding it to include the disruptive, dramatic, and diverse possibilities of Web 3 and digital assets. Every technological shift needs that one book that centers the conversation. Read and absorb."--Matthew Roszak, Co-founder and Chairman, Bloq Inc. "Blockchains provide a durable foundation on which to facilitate trust and create new monetary systems that serve the interests of local communities. Digital Asset Revolution presents a case for how the current state of blockchain development will revolutionize political, economic, and financial institutions. This book has plenty to chew on for the business reader, with insights into how we forge that new path in practical ways."--Ethan Buchman, Chief Executive Officer, Informal Systems; Co-Founder, Cosmos Network

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