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Matt Hougan

Chief Investment Officer, Bitwise Asset Management

Bitcoin, Blockchain and Crypto

Crypto is now a $2 trillion industry that has elbowed its way into the mainstream. If you’re a financial advisor, you can no longer ignore your clients’ questions about crypto. In this session, Matt Hougan, chief investment officer of Bitwise Asset Management, one of the largest and fastest-growing crypto asset managers in the world, examines the basics of crypto from a professional investor's point of view. Ignoring the hype and hyperbole, this presentation will offer straightforward explanations of what crypto is, why it matters and where it's going. You'll leave better able to discuss crypto with your clients and with a fuller understanding of crypto's risks, benefits and possibilities.




Matt Hougan is one of the world’s leading experts on crypto, exchange-traded funds (ETF) and financial technology. He is chief investment officer of Bitwise Asset Management, a pioneer in cryptoasset index funds with more than $1 billion in assets under management. He was previously chief executive officer of, where he helped build the world’s first ETF data and analytics system, the leading ETF media site and the world’s largest ETF conference, Inside ETFs. Hougan is co-author of “A Comprehensive Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds” and “Cryptoassets: The Guide to Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies for Professional Investors” for the CFA Institute’s Research Foundation. He is a crypto columnist for Forbes and a three-time member of the Barron’s ETF Roundtable.