Blockchain: special focus

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Euromoney's latest coverage of the distributed ledger technology.


Western Europe: LBBW – Why Rainer Neske feels at home in Stuttgart
November 2017

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LBBW needs to invest in technology, learn from fintech and even look at what blockchain could mean to its clients. 

A bridge to blockchain scepticism
October 2017
I realize my mistake within minutes of sharing with a colleague the notice from Dentacoin of the first blockchain solution for the global dental industry, including its own cryptocurrency token to pay for dental care products on a new trading platform.

Banking jumps to post blockchain

October 2017
Tearing out the old plumbing of the global payments system and switching to distributed ledger is an enormous and potentially risky transition that could take a decade or more, but there may be an easier way to capture efficiency.

Optimism dominates in Washington despite geopolitical worries
October 2017
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Delegates at this year’s IMF/World Bank meetings are managing to look beyond macro concerns to present a more upbeat tone.

Corporate treasurers see the benefits of blockchain
September 2017
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Corporate treasurers are putting forward the case for using blockchain in their daily operations, weighing the benefits and potential drawbacks.

Trade finance moves toward digitization
September 2017
Trade finance has long been in need of a move way from paper documentation. With a number of digital solutions based around distributed ledger technology (DLT) in development the foundations look to be in place.

Blockchain set to transform loan trading and collateral markets
August 2017
After breakthrough proofs of concept in the spring, two large projects are now quietly moving forward into pilot production that could see blockchain technology transform wholesale markets at the core of the global financial system.

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UK enjoys Summer of Love for contactless cards
August 2017
For years, much of the hype in payments has been around mobile payments and blockchain technology. But the innovation that has done the most to change British shopping habits has been contactless cards, which launched in 2007 but have really come of age in recent years.

FX: Cobalt fends off blockchain competition
July 2017
Despite the progress of other projects applying blockchain technology to FX, Cobalt’s CEO remains confident that his post-trade processing network can reach critical mass.

Ripple reaps benefits of payments focus
May 2017
Ripple has come to be the dominant name for payments in the distributed ledger (DL) space, thanks largely to the decision to consolidate its efforts.

FX: CLS netting service expanded to cover all tradable currencies
April 2017
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As well as helping traders manage risk, CLSNet will be of interest to many institutions as a way of getting some hands-on experience in using distributed ledger technology (DLT). 

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Blockchain shifts from theory to practice
March 2017
Pilot projects to transact on distributed ledgers are starting to deliver lower costs, higher speeds and improved efficiency to bank customers. Blockchain may be the biggest shake up in market share the banking business has ever seen.

E-commerce treasurers look for alternative payment options
March 2017
E-commerce needs a strategic rethink in how payments are collected to increase efficiency and reduce clearing times. PSD2 is one possible resolution, with social media also starting to play a role.

Blockchain: Collaborate to innovate
February 2017
Robert Palatnick of the DTCC says that with so much activity occurring across the industry, it is critical that all parties place standards at the heart of their DLT initiatives.

Regulation and innovation thrive together in the FCA’s sandbox
February 2017
The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) regulatory sandbox has been a hit with market participants and regulators alike, giving firms whose services were never anticipated by existing rules the chance to test out new features without fear of fines or enforcement action. As the regulator sifts through applications for the second phase of the programme, some of the FX and blockchain-related firms from the first cohort outline here the value of the regulatory insight gained from their participation.

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Seven-bank consortium to deliver trade finance on blockchain this year
February 2017
Some of Europe’s biggest banks have joined behind KBC’s blockchain prototype to help SMEs increase trade across the continent.

Trade finance modernization turns towards blockchain
February 2017
Treasurers are looking for digitized trade finance solutions; blockchain may be the answer.


DTCC puts blockchain at heart of $11 trillion credit derivatives market
January 2017
Taking post-trade processing onto distributed ledger could be the first big step, with clearing and settlement and even payments to follow.

Federal Reserve raises concerns over blockchain
December 2016
The Fed’s white paper on blockchain shows the extent of concerns about instability in the $12.6 trillion-a-day US payments system as it adapts to new technology. It also puts tech providers on warning of bank-like regulation.

BitLicense not template for UK, say experts

December 2016
While accepting that regulation can help increase consumer and business confidence in cryptocurrencies, providers and industry analysts agree that the BitLicense model is not the way forward for the UK.

R3 releases Corda as blockchain strains start to show
November 2016
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Even as some original founders withdraw from the R3 consortium of banks developing blockchain proofs of concept, it opens up what could become a key piece of infrastructure for the future of wholesale financial services.

Fintech creeps up on the capital markets
November 2016


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Some big things are going to happen on blockchain in the years ahead – and lots of little things as well that in aggregate might have a big effect on how the capital markets operate and how issuers raise funding

Fintech: Blockchain landmarks point to transformation of trade finance
November 2016
First international test; regs and compliance must catch up.

Blockchain allows for invoice securitization
October 2016
As Applied Blockchain and Tallysticks progress with their invoices-on-blockchain project, the prospect of a new form of short-term capital markets funding for companies emerges.

Blockchain could revive gold’s role as a payments currency
September 2016
The days of using gold for everyday transactions have long since passed, but could the blockchain change that?

The mysterious potential of the blockchain
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While banks are still unsure of how the blockchain will affect their businesses, there is a widely held feeling that it has transformational potential. But it is still early days for the technology, and a lot more work must be done developing the blockchain before it will be clear how it can improve the banking industry.

Cobalt DL tests solution for blockchainization of FX trade settlement
August 2016
Passengers have Uber, tourists have Airbnb, now Cobalt DL is beta testing the solution that aims to bring the benefits of the shared economy to FX trade settlement.

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Banks takeover the blockchain
June 2016
Everything you thought you knew about blockchain is wrong. Rather than wait for the blockchain to re-engineer banking, the banks are going to re-engineer the blockchain. It will not be public, it will be private. And across the shared ledger there will not be that much sharing. In an atmosphere somewhere between excitement and paranoia, banks are trying to turn an existential threat into a competitive advantage.

Blockchain continues to bewilder
June 2016
Banks’ experimentation with blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, is gathering pace in a fevered atmosphere.

Blockchain disrupts transactional accounting
May 2016
Treasurers have much to gain from the integration of decentralized ledger technology into traditional accounting environments.

Banks begin blockchain payment integration
April 2016
Banks are taking tentative steps to integrating blockchain technology, but so far they have focused on following established payment processes.

The Euromoney Blockchain Forum 2016: The next step for global banking


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The Euromoney Blockchain Forum is the only event dedicated to the development and implementation of blockchain applications in financial services.

Fintech 2016: Applying the blockchain
April 2016
Starting by transforming the workflows around invoices, Applied Blockchain is developing practical uses for shared ledger technology on private networks.

Fintech 2016: The fintech revolution gathers momentum
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April 2016
After a record year for fund raising, large fintech companies are now emerging in marketplace lending and payments, with many more newcomers deploying venture capital money raised in $25 million to $50 million chunks to transform capital markets and traditional banking mainstays such as mortgage lending. The fintech start-ups are building revolutionary applications for blockchain, attacking every specialist niche in the financial world and keeping the image of fintech clean with business ventures aimed at inclusion.

Blockchain moves from hullabaloo to hard graft
December 2015 

In the second half of 2015 hype around the potential for shared ledger technology to transform banking rose to a peak. Now comes the hard work as banks and fintech companies seek to put test cases into actual use. As the first practical applications begin to emerge, Euromoney surveys the banking market to ask what’s next for the blockchain.

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Rival blockchain services test corporate appetite
November 2015

Interoperability rather than exclusivity appears to be the likely path to success for corporate blockchain services.

Getting to grips with the blockchain

November 2015

Banks have suddenly cottoned on to the power of the blockchain technology beneath Bitcoin. Inside their own treasuries and innovation labs, and increasingly in collaboration, banks are testing uses for rebranded distributed ledgers to replace their costly, proprietary systems.

Enthusiasts see banks creating a new fabric for payments transfer and financial markets, an internet of money.  Doubters sense it’s all hype. Big challenges remain, but markets from private equity and syndicated loans to corporate bonds and derivatives may go on private blockchains within months.

Regulation: The benefits of blockchain
November 2015

Banks are suddenly obsessed with potential of the distributed ledger in financial markets, but regulators must make sure it is used in ways that remove collusion and wrongdoing.

Bitcoin: Jury is still out on derivatives
October 2015

Bitcoin is riding high after a recent European Court of Justice ruling that users in Europe are not liable to pay value-added tax when trading the cryptocurrency. But regulators worldwide are divided on whether it is a commodity or a currency and are still probing the advent of bitcoin derivatives as exchanges flourish to satisfy traders' demand for a wider range of products.

Challenging times: Real-time payment systems
October 2015

The number of countries with real-time payment systems continues to rise, raising the importance of addressing issues such as fraud detection and prevention, and collaboration.

Exit Bitcoin, enter block-chain technology
January 2015

Negative publicity around cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin has deflected attention from the potential of the underlying technology to facilitate real-time – and therefore much cheaper – international payments.

Bitcoin market starts to mature
October 2014

Interest and use of cryptocurrency bitcoin has undergone a meteoric rise in the past year, but it is now moving away from speculative investments into the real world of cross-border business transactions.

CureCoin: A cryptocurrency aiming to beat cancer
August 2014

The CureCoin Forum has teamed up with Stanford University to launch a new ethical cryptocurrency that aims to find cures for common, life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, by bringing together science and the craze for cryptocurrencies.



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