Banking and financial markets

Banks and financial institutions using blockchain in cash management and consumer lending, transforming online and cross-border payments processes.

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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The problem with proxy voting — and how blockchain can help

Corporate governance controls how publicly held companies behave. It guides how decisions get made, from setting broad objectives to the smallest internal controls, and helps protect the interests of all the company’s stakeholders, such as shareholders, management and members of the community. All this may sound abstract, but there’s a very real physical forum where […]

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Crypto Castle: Once a Bitcoin heaven, now lies in ruins!

Money has turned many faces ever since its inception. From gold to paper to plastic even. One thing is for sure, though. It’s never about the material per se. No, the real essence of money lies in its insubstantial value — one that’s recently taken a liking to a virtual form of currency. Virtual, because […]

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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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Blockchain in the Philippines: Revolutionizing supply chain finance

Blockchain technology is poised to revolutionize businesses and change how society operates in the digital economy with an added layer of trust and transparency. It alters the paradigm of how multi-party transactions are performed by enabling a shared, immutable ledger for recording the history of transactions between counter parties in a business network. Around the […]

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