Crypto markets are trading down sharply from their highs, but institutional interest, venture capital investment, and technological progress in the space are surging. In this live virtual session, Bitwise CIO Matt Hougan and Digital Assets Counsel Founder Ric Edelman will tackle today’s toughest questions on crypto, including whether now is the time to buy ... or the time to steer clear. Advisors in this session will be equipped with practical takeaways for their conversations with clients. Topics will include the hidden upside of regulation, how to think about volatility, and the biggest story people are missing in crypto today.
Matt Hougan, CIO
Matt Hougan is one of the world’s leading experts on crypto, ETFs, and financial technology. He is the Chief Investment Officer for Bitwise Asset Management, the world’s largest provider of crypto index funds.

He was previously CEO of ETF.com and Inside ETFs, 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.

Hougan is co-author of two publications from the CFA Institute Research Foundation: “A Comprehensive Guide to Exchange-Traded Funds” and “Cryptoassets: The Guide to Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies for Professional Investors.” He is a crypto columnist for Forbes, a three-time member of the Barron’s ETF Roundtable, a member of the ETFdb’s ETF Hall of Fame, and the eighth person to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from ETF.com for contributions to the ETF industry.

Hougan sits on the board of directors for Equbot, creator of the first AI-driven ETFs (in partnership with IBM Watson), and is a strategic advisor to multiple crypto- and financial advisor-related startups, including Blockworks, Stratifi, and Exchange. He is co-founder of Advisor Circle, a product and content studio for the financial industry and creator of the Futureproof wealth festival.
Ric Edelman
Founder, Digital Assets Council of Financial Professionals
Ric Edelman is one of the most influential people in the financial planning and investment management profession. Ranked three times as the nation’s #1 Independent Financial Advisor by Barron’s, he’s also earned a spot in both Research magazine’s Financial Advisor Hall of Fame and Barron’s Hall of Fame. In 2017, he received the IARFC’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ric is the founder of Edelman Financial Engines, ranked #1 for quality by both Barron’s and Consumer Reports. The firm is the nation’s largest independent advisory firm, with 350 advisors in 170 offices nationwide, managing $270 billion for 1.3 million individuals and households. He is also founder of the Funding Our Future Coalition with the Bipartisan Policy Center and founded DACFP, the Digital Assets Council of Financial Professionals, which advances financial advisor knowledge of blockchain and digital assets.

In addition to his many accolades, Ric is a leading financial educator and champion of improving financial literacy for all Americans. TALKERS magazine named him among the 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in the country. His show, on the air for nearly 30 years, is heard on 86 radio stations and reaches one million people every week. Ric has also produced award-winning specials for Public Television, and is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 10 books on personal finance.
Jack Otter, Global Head, Wealth & Asset Management
Barron's Group
Jack is the Global Head of Wealth and Asset Management at Barron’s Group. Previously, Jack was the Editor-at-Large for Barron’s Group and the Executive Editor of Barrons.com, where he assigned and edited articles, promoted the site through social media and built a video operation. Jack launched Barron’s Next, a new site aimed at millennials. Jack is the author of Worth It…Not Worth It: Simple and Profitable Answers to Life’s Tough Financial Questions (Hachette). Before coming to Barron’s, Jack was executive editor of CBS MoneyWatch.com, and he has 18 years of experience as a business journalist, having been features editor of SmartMoney magazine and a columnist at Newsday. Jack has written for The Wall Street Journal, O magazine, Men’s Health and The New Yorker. Jack frequently appears on television to talk about investing and personal finance, and has been seen on NBC's “Today,” CBS “This Morning,” CNN, CNBC and Fox. Jack currently hosts “Barron’s Roundtable,” an all-new show on FOX Business News.
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