Plus, all about the CBDA - the new professional designation in crypto
Ric Edelman: It's Monday, August 21st. And you know in addition to this podcast that we do every day, The Truth About Your Future, where we talk about not only crypto, we talk about health and wellness, longevity, retirement security and all the subjects really that are going to determine how you live your life in the future. Not only you personally, but society as a whole. This podcast is really only part of what I spend a lot of my time doing. You may well be familiar with the fact that I have a sister company to the truth about your future. My sister company is called DACFP, the Digital Assets Council of Financial Professionals. I created DACFP, oh 7 or 8 years ago, to provide crypto education to both financial professionals and to investors and consumers. What I recognized a long time ago - and I've been involved in Bitcoin and the crypto community since 2012. I've discovered a long time ago two fundamental facts.
The first is that blockchain and digital assets represents one of the most significant innovations for global commerce since the invention of the Internet. And second, most people are unaware of this fact and as a result, are not taking advantage of the technological opportunities, nor are they taking advantage of the investment opportunities. This is a particular concern for financial advisors because, let's face it, two thirds of American investors work with a financial advisor. You're not out there looking for your own investments. You're relying on your advisor to give you those recommendations.
But if advisors don't know about Bitcoin and blockchain and digital assets broadly, then the advisor isn't able to give you advice and recommendations and services about that.
So I created DACFP a long time ago to provide the level of education that financial advisors need, and we launched several years ago the certificate in blockchain and digital assets. This course has been taken by thousands of financial professionals in 37 countries. It is the oldest and still largest education program that leads to a certificate. And now I am very excited to tell you that our certificate course in blockchain and digital assets is now listed by FINRA as a professional designation. This course now offers you the CBDA designation. So if you're a financial advisor and you are looking to get CE credits, our course offers you as many as 18 continuing education credits. Plus you earn the right to list yourself as holding the CBDA to the Certified in Blockchain and Digital Assets Professional designation listed on FINRA's database of professional designations.
Our course is online. It is self-study and it offers you a world class faculty. We have five tracks in the course. There's a program exclusively for financial advisors, another one for back office executives, another one for investors, consumers and students, a fourth for crypto professionals, and will soon be launching a fifth for professionals and investors who live and work outside the United States. The content is taught by a world class faculty, including Scott Stornetta, the co-inventor of blockchain technology, and Anders Brownworth of the Boston Federal Reserve.
When you complete the program, you'll have the vital understanding you need of blockchain technology, its investment thesis and investment opportunities and how as an advisor you can incorporate this new asset class into your practice management, including regulatory compliance and tax issues as well.
And to celebrate the fact that we have now attained certification status with FINRA, we are now inviting you to enroll in the course and if you do so by the end of the month, you'll get a 20% discount. Simply use discount code CBDA 23 when you enroll, the enrollment link is in the show notes where you can learn a lot more about the course, the full course content, the list of all the faculty members. Some folks binge the entire course in a weekend. The average student takes ten days to complete it. They do basically one module a night over a couple of weeks, and you'll be really excited about the program. It's a lot of fun. It gets rave reviews and you'll gain a huge new level of understanding about one of the most important technological innovations in global commerce of the century. So if you haven't already checked out our certification in blockchain and digital assets, now's your chance to do that.
I also want to mention that there is a big buzz in the crypto community right now because there is the distinct possibility that the SEC is going to approve spot Bitcoin ETFs very, very soon.
It could happen any day, any time over the next 6 or 8 months. And this has the industry all really focused. There's a simple reason for this. Most financial advisors, three out of four say that they aren't currently recommending bitcoin to their clients, but they will as soon as there's a Bitcoin ETF available to provide their clients. There are now nine of these applications pending before the SEC, and the rumor mill has it that the SEC is going to say yes to at least some of them. They may say yes tomorrow, sometime over the next several months.
You need to understand the significance of this, because if we have three quarters of financial advisors saying, I haven't yet been recommending Bitcoin to my clients, but I will when this ETF becomes available. Imagine the hundreds of millions of dollars that could very quickly flood into the Bitcoin marketplace when this ETF suddenly becomes available.
So I've written a new white paper and I'm making it available to you for free. The paper is called What You Need to Know About Spot Bitcoin ETFs. The paper begins with a quick snapshot that you very quickly get a fast summary. I explain why BlackRock, the world's largest money manager, filed an application to launch a Bitcoin ETF. What makes these new Bitcoin ETF applications different from all the prior applications that have been filed over the past eight years that the SEC has all said no to? What makes these new applications different and what approval of these new applications would mean for investors.
I also explain the risks of investing in a spot Bitcoin ETF and a little bit of a tease. The most important thing you need to know this paper is available to you as a financial advisor or investor. It's available free. Just go to DACFP.com. The link is in the show notes. I encourage you to read this paper today before the SEC issues its verdict about these applications.
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