Earlier tonight I gave a presentation at Hacker Dojo with the Ethereum project. I would like to thank Chris Peel and Joel Dietz for organizing it. Below is a video and accompanying slide deck. In addition to the footnotes in the PPT, I recommend looking at the wiki on smart contracts and Nick Szabo’s writings (1 2 3).
Also, some quotes regarding synthetic assets in Szabos’ work:
Citation 1: “Another area that might be considered in smart contract terms is synthetic assets. These new securities are formed by combining securities (such as bonds) and derivatives (options and futures) in a wide variety of ways.”
Citation 2: “Creating synthetic assets or combinations that mimic the financial functionality of some other contract while avoiding its legal limitations”
Citation 3: “Reference to Perry H. Beaumont, Fixed Income Synthetic Assets”