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Demystifying Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

Demystifying Blockchain & Cryptocurrency

As cryptocurrency continues to advance into the mainstream, it's important to understand blockchain, the underlying enabling technology.

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NASBA Field of Study




CPE Credits



Eric Ghysels, Louise Reed, Ed Cook


3 months

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Understanding the nuts and bolts of blockchain technology

Although inextricably linked to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain's practical applications and potential to change business practices are much broader.

Learn the context to blockchain technology so you can anticipate new opportunities and challenges.

This 4th webcast, in a series of CPE webcasts, will present:

  • A digestible introduction of cryptocurrencies
  • Blockchain's practical applications
  • The role blockchain can play in advancing accounting and business, including using blockchain technology to facilitate trading state tax credits
  • What the future holds for this revolutionary industry

Key Topics

  • Blockchain
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Distributed Ledger Technology
  • Smart contracts
  • Governance
  • Fintech Revolution

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the basics of blockchain technology
  • Identify the purpose and uses for blockchain technology, including cryptocurrencies, triple-entry accounting and smart contracts
  • Identify the current regulatory environment for cryptocurrency and explain some of the related obstacles and benefits to its growing use
  • Recognize what the future holds for cryptocurrency and blockchain

Who Will Benefit

  • Professionals with clients and organizations that are utilizing blockchain technology
  • Accountants and finance professionals with clients or within organizations that are holding, trading or issuing digital assets
  • Individuals who are interested in getting a better understanding of blockchain technology and digital assets and the impact of this technology on taxable transactions
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NASBA Field of Study
Accounting, Information Technology
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1 hr and 40 mins
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Eric Ghysels
Eric Ghysels is the Edward M. Bernstein Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Professor of Finance at the Kenan-Flagler Business School. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He has been a visiting professor or scholar at several major U.S., European and Asian universities. He served on the editorial boards of several academic journals and was co-editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics and editor of the Journal of Financial Econometrics. He has published in the leading economics, finance and statistics journals and has published several books. He is also the Founding Co-President of the Society for Financial Econometrics (SoFiE). He was a Resident Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York during the 2008-2009 financial crisis and a Duisenberg Fellow at the European Central Bank in 2011 during the sovereign debt crisis. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, Fellow of the Journal of Econometrics, Fellow of the Society for Financial Econometrics and holds a Honorary Doctorate from HEC Liege. He is currently co-editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics and Faculty Research Director of the Rethinc.Labs at the Kenan Institute. His most recent research focuses on MIDAS (meaning Mi(xed) Da(ta) S(ampling)) regression models and related econometric methods, machine learning, artificial intelligence, big data, FinTech, and quantum computing applications in finance.
Louise Reed
Louise W. Reed’s most recent innovation is Afloat, Inc., which can be accessed at Because the company utilizes blockchain technology and smart contracts to automate the exchange of state transferable taxable credits, the average CPA can help a larger client base now save on taxes. Afloat, Inc. started in 2018 and had a soft rollout March 31, 2019. The site is currently focusing on demonstrating a buyer’s and seller’s market on its platform. Reed received her master’s degree in physics from Duke University and Master of Accounting from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She became a licensed CPA in 2004 and started her own public accounting practice in 2006, where she has offered a discount on payments made with certain cryptocurrencies since January 2018. Louise W. Reed, CPA, PC is a small firm that is transitioning out of small business tax preparation and mitigation and increasingly into litigation support and building Afloat, Inc. Over the course of the past 15 years, Reed has volunteered to beta test a variety of technology solutions for Wolters Kluwer including: Global fx, Axcess, and ePay solution for cryptocurrencies.
Ed Cook
Ed Cook began his career with the North Carolina Department of Revenue as an auditor in its Corporate Income and Franchise Tax Division. Later he joined Hardee’s Food Systems, leading its Income and Property Tax function. Cook joined Lendlease as Vice President Tax of its US construction business. He was later promoted to Head of Tax over company’s US operations; consisting of construction, development, asset and investment management services.

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