Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Accounting

First Advisor

Kinsun Tam

Abstract

Bitcoin is an innovative virtual currency, which has gained much commercial traction, yet is widely overlooked by the accounting profession. Due to its parallels with actual currencies and its growing use, accountants should be aware of what bitcoin is, including its risks and benefits, in order to properly leverage its business uses. Of the existing financial instruments, derivatives stand out in their potential to stabilize the bitcoin market. Bitcoin regulation is sparse, but evolving, especially in the face of the emerging bitcoin securities and derivatives markets. The accounting profession is poised to play a major role in facilitating the future of proper regulation and oversight of Bitcoin.

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