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Bitcoin: Investment or Illusion?
Allayannis, George (Yiorgos); Fernstrom, Aaron Case F-1819 / Published December 8, 2017 / 18 pages.
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Product Overview

The case describes a hypothetical hedge fund manager who is examining whether to invest in bitcoin or not. The case discusses potential risks and rewards for investing in bitcoin, the role of bitcoin and digital currencies more broadly, as well as financial innovation in the space, such as ICOs. The case can be taught as part of a second-year MBA elective course in investments, financial institutions/capital markets, or fintech.

Learning Objectives

To discuss the investment case behind bitcoin - its potential risks and rewards; to discuss the role of bitcoin and digital currencies more broadly; and to discuss the rapid innovation surrounding bitcoin (e.g., "initial coin offerings - ICOs"; bitcoin futures).

  • Overview

    The case describes a hypothetical hedge fund manager who is examining whether to invest in bitcoin or not. The case discusses potential risks and rewards for investing in bitcoin, the role of bitcoin and digital currencies more broadly, as well as financial innovation in the space, such as ICOs. The case can be taught as part of a second-year MBA elective course in investments, financial institutions/capital markets, or fintech.

  • Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    To discuss the investment case behind bitcoin - its potential risks and rewards; to discuss the role of bitcoin and digital currencies more broadly; and to discuss the rapid innovation surrounding bitcoin (e.g., "initial coin offerings - ICOs"; bitcoin futures).