Event Detail

Distinguished Speaker Series: Ari Paul, CFA (Ended)

Understanding Cryptocurrency

Date, Time, and Location:
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (add this event to your Outlook Calendar)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL  60604   (Driving Directions)

Program Description:
A high level discussion of the technology, value proposition, and market dynamics of crypto assets including:

  • The problems that crypto assets aim to solve (replace obsolete FinTech, tokenize open source to align developer incentives, new models for governance and economic coordination.)
  • What is a blockchain and cryptocurrency?
  • How can we value crypto assets?  (3 models: store of value, utility tokens, and tokenized securities.)
  • Market dynamics: Liquidity discounts, ICOs, and institutional barriers to entry.


Members - $45 or FREE with function ticket
Student Members - $20
Non-Members - $65
Reserved VIP table - $360 (8 guests, company name on table, contact office directly)
(member pricing underwritten by CFA Society Chicago)

CFA Institute Qualified Activity: Eligible for 1 credit hour

Attire: Business Casual

Menu: Chef's Choice (vegetarian meal and iced tea available upon request)

Registration: Online

11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Registration & Networking
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Program

*Please note distribution of presentation slides is at the discretion of the speaker and may not be available for this event

Hosted by: Distinguished Speaker Series Advisory Group

Ari Paul, CFA, has been involved in the financial services industry since 2006. Most recently, from 2013 to 2017, Paul served as a portfolio manager and risk manager for The University of Chicago’s $7.5 billion endowment, where he managed a “tail-hedging” strategy via long volatility investments. In this role, he worked with the chief risk officer in risk management and analytics, and performed research on the characteristics of endowment investments and asset classes, including researching cryptocurrency. From 2006 to 2010, Paul was a derivatives market maker with Susquehanna International Group (SIG), and then served as a proprietary derivatives trader until 2013. He began investing in cryptocurrency in 2014. He has previously invested in exchange traded tokens, initial coin offerings, and other parts of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Paul brings experience as a professional trader, portfolio manager, risk manager and capital allocator to the Digital Asset industry.

Paul graduated with a B.A. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is a CFA charterholder.

*Special Notes Regarding Fees:
Regular, Candidate, and Affiliate Members may apply function tickets as payment for Non-member or Student Member. Credit card required to guarantee ALL reservations except for reservations using Function Tickets. Day-of-event registrations accepted on-site only if applicable and space available. There is a $5 surcharge for walk-ins. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners Club are accepted. Cancellations accepted until 5:00 pm, August 2nd.

Passport Program
Members of any CFA society may attend at the CFA Society Chicago member rate. If you are only a member of CFA Institute, you do not qualify for the Society member rate.

CFA Institute CE Qualified Activity
This program qualifies for credit under the guidelines for the CFA Institute Professional Development Program.

Content shared during CFA Society Chicago programs is not, and nothing in it should be construed as, an offer, invitation or recommendation of any specific financial services company or professional, or an offer, invitation or recommendation to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities in any jurisdiction. By registering for and attending this event, you acknowledge that any photographs that may be taken are the property of CFA Society Chicago and give your consent to their use in CFA Society Chicago's online and print business communications and marketing.