cryptocurrency

What’s the difference between a blockchain and a database?

If you are familiar with cryptocurrency, then you are probably familiar with blockchain. Blockchain is the underlying technology ensuring transactions are accurate, transparent and immutable. Why is this technology important? When you’re working across a large number of individual stakeholders, there’s always the fundamental presence of inconsistency. Even if you completely trust the other person, […]

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Hold on tight, Bitcoin is on a roller coaster: Regulate it right

It seems as though every year during the fourth quarter, the value of the cryptocurrency market climbs to extreme mountaintops and plummets below the valley. Investing in cryptocurrency is not for the faint at heart. In fact, I stopped watching my holdings so closely. My poor heart can’t take it. Cryptocurrency, however, is more than […]

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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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Blockchain for enterprise business is more open than you think

I’m sure by now you have heard time and again the common misnomer that blockchain equates to Bitcoin and vice versa. With that said, I’m going to start with the simple fact that Bitcoin leverages blockchain as an underlying technology and this underlying technology has tremendous capabilities. These capabilities have spawned an enormous and ever-growing […]

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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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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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Trick or treat? Use blockchain to purge your business of horrors

It’s Halloween and you’re encountering more tricks than treats for your business this year. One of your suppliers just tried to sell you counterfeit materials, and now you can’t meet demand for your product. Either an employee is terrible at their job or someone is committing fraud because there are numerous errors in your transaction […]

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Building the future of financial services with IBM Blockchain at Sibos

The rise of digital technologies is leading to change in many industries, and financial services is not exempt from disruption. Sibos, a financial services event that will be held next week in Toronto from October 16 – 19, presents an opportunity for savvy financial leaders to network, discuss business strategy and collectively shape the future […]

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The difference between Bitcoin and blockchain for business

Are Bitcoin and blockchain the same thing? No, they aren’t. However, they are closely related. When Bitcoin was released as open source code, blockchain was wrapped up together with it in the same solution. And since Bitcoin was the first application of blockchain, people often inadvertently used “Bitcoin” to mean blockchain. That’s how the misunderstanding started. […]

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