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This curated collection of research papers is recommended reading, for those wanting to have a reasonably in-depth understanding of the Bitcoin, Blockchain & the wider Payments & Financial Technology industries mega trends. 

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Bitcoin: A primer

December 2013 | Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Bitcoin is a digital currency that was launched in 2009, and it has attracted much attention recently. This article reviews the mechanics of the currency and offers some thoughts on its characteristics.

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Bitcoin: Intrinsic Value as Conduit for Disruptive Payment Network Technology

December 2013 | WEDBUSHGil Luria, Aaron Turner

This paper observes three key sources of demand for Bitcoin - as a disruptive payment network technology, an alternative uncorrelated asset class, and a safe haven currency, but believe the payment network capabilities are the key to the sustainability of crypto currency, with Bitcoin the early leader.

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FX Comment – Bitcoin to replace AUD?  

December 2013 | National Australia Bank

Bitcoin has become part of the everyday lexicon. This report looks at its creation, use and quality as “currency.” To become a currency will take a prolonged period to establish trust and adoption.

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The dangers linked to the emergence of virtual currencies: the example of bitcoins 

December 2013Banque de France

This focus explains how bitcoin functions, and aims to highlight some of the dangers for users of virtual currencies and the challenges for creating a regulatory framework. 

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Bank of the Future - Thought Leadership Paper

December 2013 | AIIA

In this white paper we look at the market challenges being faced by banks, explore how they could respond by looking at model bank concepts, customer engagement elements, and then examine the challenges in implementing the model bank concept.

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