financial services

What we really mean when we talk about “real” blockchain

The advent of any new technology always sparks healthy and lively debate over fundamentals: standards, business models, best practices and the like. Blockchain is no exception. We’re seeing that kind of debate unfold today as the technology continues to evolve and gain traction. Some in the blockchain community are asking, “What constitutes real blockchain?” I’m […]

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IBM and Samsung SDS advancing blockchain and business outcomes

With the blockchain revolution heading full steam ahead, throughput speed is top-of-mind for enterprise organizations that want to maximize their investment and performance. Combining forces to deliver the best possible blockchain network for application development, IBM and Samsung SDS are continuing to collaborate on strengthening The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric and blockchain ecosystems. With faster […]

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Cook up your blockchain solution with IBM Design Thinking

Whether you are a startup or a large enterprise, IBM Blockchain Garage Services can help you navigate your blockchain journey, find the very best blockchain use cases, build a minimal viable product (MVP) with the speed of a startup, then deploy and scale in production like an enterprise. We use the proven IBM Garage Method, […]

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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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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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How India can capitalize on its demographic dividend through blockchain

India is known for its demographic dividend which can propel it to become the next China-like story or even better. For those of you who don’t know, demographic dividend as defined by the United Nations Population Fund means, “the economic growth potential that can result from shifts in a population’s age structure, mainly when the […]

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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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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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