Introduction to the World of Cryptocurrencies

Professional Development


This is a half-day overview designed for those who are new to or require a working knowledge around the world of cryptocurrencies.

The fund management world largely sees cryptocurrency as unsustainable, with three quarters saying that the Bitcoin boom was a bubble.

Is Bitcoin a bubble? Or has the relentless rise in the value of cryptocurrencies led to a more mainstream approach from the world’s investors?

This course looks at the rise of Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Etherium and asks the questions that global investors need to know. Questions such as:

  • How have cryptocurrencies evolved?
  • What do I need to know about the technology supporting cryptocurrencies?
  • If they are unregulated, just how safe are they and what are Regulators, Central Banks and Governments doing in response.
  • Will cryptocurrencies ever be considered as potential mainstream investments.

Online Classroom

This course will be delivered through Online Classroom Live.

20 Jul 2021    View session times
20 Jul 2021    09:30 - 11:45
2 CPD hours
2 hours with a 15-minute mid-session break
Online Classroom Live

Introduction to the World of Cryptocurrencies

Date: 20 Jul 2021
Time: 09:30 - 11:45

Cost: GBP 120

Learning Outcomes

Having attended this webinar, delegates will be able to:

  • Develop a basic understanding of Blockchain technologies which are changing the World. The basic plumbing of Cryptocurrencies
  • Both a range of Cryptocurrencies and Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC’s) will be looked at and discussed.
  • Crypto Currency is a minefield. We will unravel the mysteries in this area and take a hard, objective look at where we are now and what will happen in the future. Will it be Bitcoin or Fedcoin?


Bitcoin and the Blockchain: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

  • History of the blockchain
  • The whitepaper of Satoshi Nakamoto
  • Is Bitcoin a Bubble?
  • Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) – Blockchain
  • Blockchain/smart contracts

Blockchain Simply Explained

  • The hash
  • The block
  • The tokens
  • The distributed blockchain P2P
  • Virtual wallets

The Cryptocurrency World: Crypto Currencies: New forms of Cash

  • Cryptocurrency vs Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC’s)
  • The Money Flower
  • Central Bank Initiatives

Cryptocurrencies (Exercise)

  • List of cryptocurrencies
  • Types of cryptocurrencies
  • Regulated vs. unregulated cryptocurrencies
  • Cryptocurrency baskets?

Cryptocurrency: Where are we now?

  • Bitcoin vs Ethereum
  • Trading platforms – Coinbase floated on Nasdaq in April 2021.
  • Tesla and cryptocurrency?






Derek Taylor ACIB, ACI, MSTA

CEO of Taylor Associates (International) Ltd

Derek’s career started in Midland Bank Group Treasury (now HSBC) trading FX, Money Markets and Fixed Income. He became a senior Director, before moving to Lehman Brothers, and then Bank of America working both in London and NY.

Derek has been a trader, both inter-bank and proprietary, and also an inter-bank broker, at two of the world’s leading brokerage houses, Tullett Prebon and Harlow Butler Savage (ICAP).

Derek is a frequent speaker on Financial Markets subjects all over the World, is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB), a member of the Forex Association (ACI), and a member of the Society of Technical Analysts (MSTA).

Derek is also a founding Director of Spendology. This is a FinTech startup business targeting currently disrupting the travel cash, pre-paid cards and international payments markets in the UK.





suitable for

Who is this webinar for

This webinar is suitable for practitioners in the financial services industry.

study mode

Online Classroom Live

This course is being delivered through Online Classroom Live. Our premium online study mode comprises a virtual classroom with interactive features to replicate a real-life classroom.