Blockchain for trade finance

Insights and perspectives to discover how blockchain-enabled networks are revolutionizing trade finance around the world.

Streamlining financial netting with blockchain

A process that is ripe for digitization and automation is financial netting, a way of consolidating or reconciling multiple payments between two or more parties to create a single amount due to each participant. It simplifies doing business and reduces risk. Banks do it. Securities, currency and other markets do it. Service providers, central exchanges […]

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Central bank digital currency explained

Cross-border payments play an important role in the global economy. According to the World Bank, in 2017, global remittances grew 7 percent to USD 617 billion. Based on the same report, sending just 200 dollars was 7.1 percent of the price, double the sustainable development goal target of 3 percent. Even in developed nations, it’s […]

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What is a central bank digital currency?

From bank hackers to a cashier giving you the wrong amount of change, the current financial system is wrought with both technical susceptibilities and human error. By using blockchain technology to build upon the current framework, a central bank digital currency (CBDC) could lead to improvements on the current payments system while reducing overall costs […]

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Blockchain solutions make financial services fairer, faster

My company, Stronghold, is a financial services provider of native blockchain solutions. When my co-founder and I saw the rise of blockchain platforms, we felt that most were focused heavily on the technology and too far removed from real-world use cases. Bearing this in mind, we’ve applied blockchain technology to traditional fiat currencies. Instead of […]

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Episode 2: Making cross-border payments seamless

  Listen to this IBM Blockchain Pulse Podcast episode and others on iTunes, Spotify, TuneIn and Stitcher.   How the collaboration with Stellar is bringing payments to the financial world Welcome to the second episode of IBM Blockchain Pulse — the podcast that explores different blockchain use cases with leaders in the space! In this […]

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Unbanked to big banks: How crypto facilitates financial inclusion

With the advent of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, many are heralding a new age of digital native money that is meant to transcend the physical boundaries of its predecessor. But before we dive into how cryptocurrency is being used today as a new form of money, we must ask the question, “What is money?” This […]

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IBM helps launch open standards project: Token Taxonomy Initiative

The potential of tokens on blockchain is big. Really big. The world has already seen the enormous value that’s unlocked when you can digitize cars (Uber, Lyft), homes (Airbnb), freelance work (Handy), and many others. Imagine if you could digitize value? We can start to make transactions instant. We can move beyond payment versus payment […]

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For cross-border payments, half the journey is getting there

At some point during a recent 27-hour journey to Singapore I had a realization: Singapore is long way from home and not somewhere you get to by accident from Texas. That might sound rather obvious to anyone with a map, but sometimes experience is the best teacher. The experience of getting from Texas to Singapore […]

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Exploring possibilities to disrupt financial services through blockchain

There are over 85,000 financial cooperatives, or credit unions, worldwide. Unlike a bank, these cooperatives are non-profit financial institutions and exist to serve their members. Since these institutions are not-for-profit, their collaborative nature often causes them to work together to achieve the common goal of providing the best service to members, leading to the development […]

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