Cato Institute 32nd Monetary Conference: Alternatives To Central Banking
What: Cato Institute 32nd Annual Monetary Conference
Theme: Alternatives To Central Banking: Toward Free-Market Money
Date-Time: Thursday November 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST
Location: 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C.
Event Web Link: www.cato.org/events/32nd-annual-monetary-conference

Event Overview:
CATO’S 32ND ANNUAL MONETARY CONFERENCE —will bring together leading scholars and advocates for fundamental monetary
reform to discuss:
• The bitcoin revolution and future of crypto-currencies
•How technology will drive further innovations so that private currencies become a reality
•The role of gold in a decentralized monetary regime
•The steps necessary to return to constitutional money based on the convertibility principle and free banking
When the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, its powers were limited and the United States was still on the gold standard. Today the Fed has virtually unlimited power and the dollar has no backing. Limited, constitutional government requires a rules based, free-market monetary system with a stable-valued dollar, not the topsy-turvy fiat dollar that now exists under central banking. This conference will
examine the case for sound money and the reforms needed to realize it.

Conference Schedule:
9:00 - 9:05 a.m. WELCOMING REMARKS
James A. Dorn, Vice President for Monetary Studies, Cato Institute
9:05 - 9:45 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS
James Grant, Founder and Editor, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer
9:45 - 11:00 a.m. PANEL 1: THE BITCOIN REVOLUTION
Moderator: Jim Harper, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, and Global Policy Counsel, Bitcoin Foundation
Kevin Dowd, Professor of Finance and Economics, Durham University
Lawrence H. White, Professor of Economics, George Mason University
Bennett T. McCallum, Professor of Economics, Carnegie Mellon University
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PANEL 2: CHANGING THE MONETARY REGIME: CONSTITUTIONAL AND REGULATORY ISSUES
Moderator: Mark Calabria, Director of Financial Regulation, Cato Institute
John A. Allison, President and CEO, Cato Institute, and retired Chairman and CEO, BB&T
Edwin Vieira Jr., Author, Pieces of Eight
Walker F. Todd, Grantee, Institute for New Economic Thinking
1:15 - 2:00 p.m. LUNCHEON ADDRESS
Patrick M. Byrne, CEO and Chairman, Overstock.com
2:00 - 3:15 p.m. PANEL 3: THE ROLE OF GOLD IN A MARKET-BASED MONETARY SYSTEM
Moderator: George Melloan, Former Deputy Editor, Wall Street Journal
Jerry L. Jordan, Former President, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
George A. Selgin, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Nathan Lewis, Author, Gold: The Monetary Polaris
3:30 - 4:45 p.m. PANEL 4: THE PATH TO FUNDAMENTAL REFORM
Moderator: Bob Gelfond, CEO and Founder, MQS Management
Gerald P. O’Driscoll Jr., Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Judy Shelton, Co-Director, Sound Money Project, Atlas Network
Norbert Michel, Research Fellow in Financial Regulations, The Heritage Foundation
4:45 - 5:00 p.m. CLOSING REMARKS
James A. Dorn, Vice President for Monetary Studies, Cato Institute
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. RECEPTION: Sponsored By Overstock.com.



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