Blockchain in Financial Services

Blockchain is a disruptor across many aspects of financial services.

Collateral damage over credits or security assets? Try blockchain

Access to credit fuels economies everywhere. Collateral boosts this access by providing credit lenders with an asset-backed security or trust in repayment of a loan in the event of default. When the integrity of this collateral is ensured, risk is reduced, interest rates are lowered, and economic growth is fueled. When the system breaks down […]

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Financial services and blockchain: Disruption on the trading desk

On an increasing number of trading floors, new sections are popping up. Past the commodities, foreign exchange, and futures desks, you might see a digital assets trading desk — the “crypto desk.” A few early players have had 9-to-5 crypto desks since 2015; others built 24/7 desks; still others are examining whether to start a […]

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Digital currencies: The next paradigm shift for my money

Why do I need a bank account to hold, manage or spend money? I really shouldn’t have to pay fees and service charges, especially since my money — everyone’s money — is the gas in the bank’s lending engine. But if I don’t have a bank account, how do I pay my bills? I often […]

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Symbiotic collaboration: A key to succeed with blockchain in financial services

What’s stopping blockchain from becoming a more pervasive technology in financial services? If you think it has something to do with the technology behind blockchain, you’re partially wrong — it’s the nature of the solution that is causing the barrier. For a blockchain-based solution to work successfully, it requires multiple entities to come together in […]

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Blockchain for KYC: Game-changing RegTech innovation

One of the best things about working at IBM — and in the RegTech field in particular — is meeting daily with the engineers and developers who are driving technological innovation in the financial industry. Consider, for example, the blockchain space. While blockchain’s decentralized, distributed-ledger technology is most popularly known as the basis for cryptocurrencies […]

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Blockchain in insurance: Five reasons why openIDL will succeed

As an IBM Distinguished Engineer, I have spent the last two and a half years working on blockchain with our U.S. banking and insurance clients. More recently, I have been the IBM technical executive overseeing open Insurance Data Link (openIDL), the insurance network partnership with the American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS). It’s been very […]

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Applying blockchain privacy to the insurance industry

Recently, some of my colleagues published an excellent and informative article on the evolution of privacy and confidentiality in networks built on The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric. As an industry practitioner, I look to apply that philosophy to insurance business network design. As the article details, “Privacy is frequently achieved by mechanisms that enforce the confidentiality […]

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How blockchain can drive sustainability accounting

Blockchain technology is, almost without argument, the topic of the year and is even more high profile for the accounting and financial services industries. Almost without exception, major conferences, journals, media publications and most conversations, are impacted by this technology. Even with all of the excitement, investment and analysis, however, most of the conversations have […]

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Stable coins: Enabling payments on blockchain through alternative digital currencies

How often do you participate in real-life, “live” blockchain transactions? I’m guessing that for many of you, the answer is not often. Though the benefits of blockchain — a distributed ledger technology that facilitates transactions between participants without the need for intermediaries — are well documented, most networks currently in production don’t deal with mainstream […]

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