Research Reports

The Bank Secrecy Act, Cryptocurrencies, and New Tokens: What is Known and What Remains Ambiguous

Are compliance obligations triggered when the developers of a new decentralized token protocol sell them to U.S. persons?

State Digital Currency Principles and Framework

How lawmakers can protect digital currency consumers without harming innovation. 

Framework for Securities Regulation of Cryptocurrencies

We lay out the case for treating some cryptocurrencies as securities—and some not.

Open Matters: Why Permissionless Blockchains are Essential to the Future of the Internet

We demystify the actual technologies behind “blockchain technology” and explain these several technologies in a way that even non-technical readers will understand.

A Securities Law Framework for Blockchain Tokens

An open source and free to use framework prepared in collaboration with Coinbase, Union Square Ventures and Consensys.

Bitcoin: A Primer for Policymakers

This plain language guide describes how the digital currency works and addresses many of the common misconceptions about it.

Overcoming Obstacles to Banking Virtual Currency Businesses

Reports that cryptocurrency businesses have had difficulties in getting banked have circulated in the popular press and industry lore for years. Coin Center partnered with law firm Arnold & Porter LLP to interview banks and companies of all sizes to document this difficulty. 

Bitcoin: Risk Factors for Insurance

How do you insure Bitcoin? We were asked by venerable insurance provider Lloyd's of London to answer that question.

Bitcoin: Our Best Tool for Privacy and Identity on the Internet

Cryptocurrencies can improve security and grant users more granular control over when and how they choose to identify themselves. Here's how. 

Bitcoin Financial Regulation: Securities, Derivatives, Prediction Markets, and Gambling

We predict and analyze the the next major wave of Bitcoin regulation. 

The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics: cryptocurrency

This article explains what cryptocurrency is and begins to answer the new questions that it raises.

Based in Washington, D.C., Coin Center is the leading non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Our mission is to build a better understanding of these technologies and to promote a regulatory climate that preserves the freedom to innovate using permisionless blockchain technologies.