Crypto: a beginner’s guide | The Economist



Cryptocurrencies, decentralised finance and blockchain technology—what do these terms really mean? The Economist’s finance correspondents guide us through the key concepts of crypto.

00:00 – Crypto can be confusing
00:19 – What is crypto?
01:08 – What is a blockchain?
02:05 – What is mining?
03:15 – What is Bitcoin?
04:00 – What is Ethereum?
04:44 – What is an NFT?
05:41 – How to understand crypto

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Cryptocurrencies, decentralised finance and blockchain technology—what do these terms really mean? The Economist’s finance correspondents guide us through the key concepts of crypto.

00:00 – Crypto can be confusing
00:19 – What is crypto?
01:08 – What is a blockchain?
02:05 – What is mining?
03:15 – What is Bitcoin?
04:00 – What is Ethereum?
04:44 – What is an NFT?
05:41 – How to understand crypto

Watch the full discussion here:

Read our most popular crypto explainers:

Sign up to our weekly newsletter to keep up to date:

How Ukraine is supported by crypto:

Why crypto appeals to the far-right:

Listen to our podcast explaining Web3:

How football jumped on the crypto hype:

What does financial crossbreeding look like?:

How are crypto collectives run?

Still want to learn more? View our upcoming online course about FinTech:

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