Episode 161: The Rabbit Hole of Currency

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The trio, Brian Roemmele, Mike Townsend and Faisal Khan are back on air, starting season four of Around The Coin. This week we discuss: Thoughts on why currency evolved, how it shaped the world around us, and the inevitable future direction it will take.

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Fintech Podcast – Episode 151 – Understanding the world of Crypto-Economics as explained by Dr. Chris Berg

Episode 151

Our guest today holds a Ph.D. in economics from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, better know as RMIT University (Australia) His thesis was titled “Safety and Soundness: An Economic History of Prudential Bank Regulation in Australia, 1893-2008”, and offered the first comprehensive history of the politics and economics of prudential bank regulation in Australia.

Fair to say, my guest knows his financial regulations. Dr. Berg is one of Australia’s most prominent voices for free markets and individual liberty, and a leading authority on over-regulation, economic freedom, and civil liberties.

Our talk with him today will be around “Crypto-Economics”.

About Dr. Chris Berg:

Chris Berg is a Postdoctoral Fellow at RMIT University, a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs, and an Academic Fellow with the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. Dr. Berg is the author of five books including The Libertarian Alternative.

Dr. Berg is one of Australia’s most prominent voices for free markets and individual liberty, and a leading authority on over-regulation, economic freedom, and civil liberties.

The Cato Institute praised the “wit and grace” of his book Liberty, Equality & Democracy, and the Sydney Morning Herald described him The Libertarian Alternative as “spirited and sometimes wry”. His other books include In Defence of Freedom of Speech: from Ancient Greece to Andrew Bolt, Magna Carta: the tax revolt that gave us liberty and The Growth of Australia’s Regulatory State. He is also the editor of 100 Great Books of Liberty and The National Curriculum: A Critique.

Dr Berg has been a regular columnist with the Sunday Age and ABC’s The Drum. In addition, his articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Australian, the Australian Financial Review, and the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as magazines such as Quadrant, Spectator Australia, and Overland. He is a frequent media commentator on television and radio and appears regularly throughout the electronic press. His scholarly contributions have appeared in the Australian Journal of Political Science, Econ Journal Watch, Agenda, and Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care.He holds a

He holds a PhD in economics from RMIT University, which was awarded in 2016. His thesis was titled Safety and Soundness: An Economic History of Prudential Bank Regulation in Australia, 1893-2008, and offered the first comprehensive history of the politics and economics of prudential bank regulation in Australia.

A few websites should help – http://chrisberg.org/ http://www.cryptoeconomics.com.au/ and http://sites.rmit.edu.au/blockchain-innovation-hub/

Our basic intro to institutional cryptoeconomics is https://www.coindesk.com/institutional-cryptoeconomics/ and we talk about the tax and regulatory treatment of crypto here https://theconversation.com/bitcoin-investors-should-be-taxed-like-any-other-investor-84291

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Fintech Podcast, Episode 139: Civil right to own & hold your own wealth!

Episode 139

This week Brian Roemmele & Faisal Khan discuss the philosophical questions on the right of individuals to hold on to their own wealth. For centuries now, monetary value has been controlled by the Crown/Government. Today, with the disruption in the wealth creation, distribution, storage and payment verticals, a consensus based currency (or currencies) could very well be the de facto method of value transfer in the years forward.

Fintech Podcast, Episode 138: Interview with Kathleen Breitman, CEO of Tezos.

Episode 138

This week, Kathleen Breitman, CEO of Tezos was interviewed by Faisal Khan for Around The Coin. We were very grateful for Kathleen to take time out from her busy schedule and update us on what tezos is all about and its upcoming initial coin offering.

Tezos is a blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network. You can follow Tezos through their website at www.tezos.com, or on Twitter using the handle @tez0s.

Prior to Tezos, Kathleen was a senior strategy associate for R3, a blockchain consortium of more than 70 financial firms. She has also worked at Accenture, Bridgewater Associates, and the Wall Street Journal. She holds a degree from Cornell University. You can follow Kathleen on Twitter @breitwoman.

Fintech Podcast, Episode 137: The rise, rise and rise of Bitcoin, plus our take on the ICO storm.

Episode 137

This week Brian Roemmele and Faisal Khan discuss the epic rise of Bitcoin. Once termed as a fad or tulip mania, it is fair to say, Bitcoin has reached critical mass and there is no way the genie can be put back into the bottle now. Brian also discusses attending Apple WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) that happened last week. In addition, ICO or Initial Coin Offering is all the rage these days. We briefly talk about what ICOs are (in a very non-technical manner) and discuss some of the pros and cons of this new form of capital raising.