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Cryptocurrencies as a financial asset: A systematic analysis

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  • Corbet, Shaen
  • Lucey, Brian
  • Urquhart, Andrew
  • Yarovaya, Larisa

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This paper provides a systematic review of the empirical literature based on the major topics that have been associated with the market for cryptocurrencies since their development as a financial asset in 2009. Despite astonishing price appreciation in recent years, cryptocurrencies have been subjected to accusations of pricing bubbles central to the trilemma that exists between regulatory oversight, the potential for illicit use through its anonymity within a young under-developed exchange system, and infrastructural breaches influenced by the growth of cybercriminality. Each influences the perception of the role of cryptocurrencies as a credible investment asset class and legitimate of value.

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  • Corbet, Shaen & Lucey, Brian & Urquhart, Andrew & Yarovaya, Larisa, 2019. "Cryptocurrencies as a financial asset: A systematic analysis," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 182-199.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finana:v:62:y:2019:i:c:p:182-199
    DOI: 10.1016/j.irfa.2018.09.003
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    Keywords

    Cryptocurrencies; Pricing bubbles; Regulation; Cybercriminality; Systematic literature review;

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    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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