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Date and Location

March 9, 2022
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
R-414ab + Zoom


Bitcoin, Stablecoins and CBDCs:  How US Policy Is About to Change Photo

​US policy for the crypto industry is suddenly a hot topic in Washington.  In the last few months, multiple Congressional hearings, major reports from the Federal Reserve and financial regulators and comments by senior officials are signaling that important changes in policy could take place soon.  This seminar will cover what’s likely to happen on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), stablecoins and regulation of bitcoin and altcoins generally, and how these developments will shape the future of money.   We will also discuss how the war in the Ukraine may affect these policy issues.   


Timothy Massad is a research fellow at the M-RCBG and the former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which in 2015 under his leadership declared cryptocurrencies to be commodities.  He has  been writing and speaking about crypto extensively, including recently testifying before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission.


This is a hybrid event. Harvard University ID holders may attend in person in Rubenstein 414AB (Democracy Lab).


Speakers and Presenters

​Timothy Massad, M-RCBG Research Fellow and former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission