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April 1, 2022 31 min

EPISODE #45 – Cryptocurrency Investing with David Abner

In this episode of The Innovators Behind Disruption, we explore cryptocurrencies and investment opportunities in crypto with keynote speaker, David Abner.


TIMESTAMPS:

0:00 Opening remarks and introductions

1:36 About Gemini

6:18 ETFs and the beginnings of bitcoin ETFs

10:38 Why invest in bitcoin?

13:19 Bitcoin as a hedge to inflation

17:23 Cryptocurrency adoption

21:40 Regulation, volatility and other obstacles to crypto adoption

26:44 Growth drivers for cryptocurrencies in the coming years

31:16 Closing remarks


GUEST SPEAKER:

David Abner - Global Head of Business Development, Gemini

David Abner is the Global Head of Business Development at Gemini. In this role, David oversees the expansion of Gemini’s institutional business and leads the relationships with major institutional partners and high-net-worth individuals on a global scale. Prior to joining Gemini, David spent the last 20 years focusing on driving the growth of the Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) industry. He was instrumental in bringing ETFs from a fringe arbitrage trading tool to an investment product utilized by institutional asset managers, reaching more than 7 trillion in assets under management. His most recent book, The ETF Handbook (Wiley Finance) describes the inner workings of ETFs and how to achieve efficient portfolio implementation and execution. Most recently, David was the CEO of the European Division of WisdomTree Asset Management  and a member of their global executive committee. He joined the firm as a startup and helped it grow to more than $60 billion in assets under management. Prior to that he held Managing Director roles at BNP Paribas and Bear Stearns & Co, Inc.

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