Investing and Trading in Crypto

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Course Features

  • Course date:04/30/2020
  • Course Duration: 1 Day
  • Level: Beginner-intermediate
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Method: Live & Virtual
  • Venue: MicroTek
  • Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Dress Code: Business Casual

Investing and Trading in Crypto

Many financial institutions such as Fidelity, E-Trade, JP Morgan, Bank of America, to name a few, have blockchain and cryptocurrency divisions and labs (and not to mention the many crypto funds and startups).  Some have crypto market trading desks and are increasingly seeking for crypto market – traders, analysts and researchers. They are constantly trying to better understand crypto market data and blockchain data as it relates to the digital assets which trades on the crypto exchanges. Some are building solutions, using blockchain technology to facilitate financial transactions, such as cross-border payments, over the counter transactions or bonds issuing. Some are looking into tokenization (e.g., Goldman Sachs).

The primary use case of cryptocurrencies is on their associated blockchain transactions and applications. This information is quite essential when assessing a blockchain project.

In addition, cryptocurrencies could also be traded on crypto exchanges very much like Foreign Currencies (FX) market.  The market microstructure of cryptocurrencies is quite complex and does not resemble any of the traditional financial markets (e.g., equities, fixed income, commodities) that we know. It is critical to understand its market microstructure if someone wishes to trade or invest in cryptocurrencies or simply engage in a conversation on the cryptocurrencies market.

Who should attend:

Bankers; financial analysts; investment advisors and consultants; portfolio managers; traders; private equity; asset management; risk management; hedge fund managers and associates; investors; compliance professionals and regulators; and anyone wishing to further their understanding on blockchain technology and how it is going the change financial markets and business as we know it today.

NOTE: This is a beginner/intermediate course.  No coding knowledge is required. We will only use Excel. Participants will not have to fetch the data from the API’s themselves, they will be given the data from the instructor.


Agenda is subject to change. Blockchain and cryptocurrencies space is very dynamic and evolving rapidly. Therefore, agenda will be updated as things evolve to make sure that the course encompasses the most updated state of what is happening in this space. Course is interactive, incorporating and encouraging Q&A as we go over the different topics. The case studies stated below are only a few examples of case studies. We will cover as many case studies as time permits.

We will cover in this course, the following, but not limited to:

  • Crypto market microstructure
    • How does the crypto market differ from traditional financial markets?
      • Fragmentation
      • Regulation
      • Transparency
      • Oversight and market surveillance
        • Which crypto exchanges have market surveillance?
      • Case study: Gemini versus Houbi and OKEX
    • Centralized versus Decentralized Crypto Exchanges (DEX)
      • What is a DEX?
      • Pros and cons of DEX
      • Case study: Using bots to manipulate trading on DEX
    • Regulations:
      • Money Services Business with FinCEN
      • BitLicense
      • Proposed regulations in other countries
        • Survey of important regulations globally
  • Market manipulation and fake volume
    • Traders manipulation tactics
    • Exchanges manipulation tactics
    • Case study: Bitwise report to the SEC (March and August 2019)
  • Why hacks?
    • Why are crypto exchanges prone to hacks?
    • Understanding off-chain and on-chain transactions
    • Investors protection
      • Case study: Binance versus Mt. Gox
  • Crypto as an asset class
    • How does digital asset differ from other asset classes?
    • Crypto financial instruments
      • Futures:
        • CME products
        • Bakkt products
        • Bitmex (crypto future exchange) products
      • Exchange Traded Products (ETP’s):
        • ETP’s – examples for products traded on the Swiss exchange
        • ETF? – What are the problems?
          • Case study: SEC rejection letter to Bitwise ETF proposal
        • What are the current alternatives to ETF’s?
          • Trust funds – overview of the different offerings from several companies (e.g., Greyscale, bitwise, VanEck)
          • Outside of the US – e.g., Switzerland, Canada
    • Crypto custody
  • Raising money for blockchain projects
    • IEO, STO
  • Understanding crypto market data
    • Going over examples of sample data from different crypto exchanges
    • Intraday data
    • Aggregated data
  • Case study: Analyzing crypto market data
  • Understanding blockchain data
    • What data is available and its meaning
    • Experimenting with different blockchain explorers
  • Case study: Analyzing blockchain data
  • Blockchain versus market data
    • Connecting the dots


If you’d like to read articles by Merav Ozair, PhD, please click at the following:

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Was Biotin Price at the End of 2017 a Bubble? Are We Still in a Bubble?

Is There a Future for a Crypto ETF?

Is Bitcoin Momentum Dead?

Uncovering the Truth About Crypto Market Correlation

No Approved Bitcoin ETF, Yet. What are the Alternatives?

Bitcoin is not a Safe Haven, Yet


  • Merav Ozair, PhD is a data scientist, a quant strategist and a Crypto/Blockchain expert. She has more than 12 years of business and consulting experience. She has in-depth knowledge and experience in global financial markets and its market microstructure. Currently, Dr. Ozair applies her unique expertise to investigating the blockchain ecosystem, digital assets, and crypto markets. …
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