Blockchain in Financial Services

Blockchain is a disruptor across many aspects of financial services.

Blockchain can help increase access to credit for SMEs

Access to credit fuels economies everywhere. And small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are often the primary generators of new jobs and economic growth, particularly in the developing world. Unfortunately, the global demand for SME credit stands at $2.38 trillion with three quarters of the SMEs being financially constrained. Countries with the appropriate legal and institutional […]

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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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Making blockchain technology real for business owners

There’s no shortage of internet videos featuring blockchain experts speaking on panels and in front of whiteboards. But what does blockchain actually look like when it comes to life in the real world? That’s what we set out to show in this new video about we.trade. It’s the trade finance network convened by IBM Blockchain […]

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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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Revolutionizing financial settlements in global wholesale telecom

Today, the most significant issue for global wholesale telecom carriers is financial settlements. In order to connect the calls between different countries, at least two carriers, but more likely no less than three carriers, are involved in the international supply chain using voice over internet protocol (VOIP) technology. Many of the participating international carriers are […]

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14 banks using we.trade for global trade finance, breaking down trade barriers for business

A shipment of 12 bottles of rare wine moves by truck from a small winery in France to a buyer in Spain. Twenty pieces of office furniture from the U.K. are sold to a German retailer and arrive two weeks later. Transactions like this happen daily, but for many small and medium businesses, the financing […]

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