Bridging the divide

How CLS and IBM moved to blockchain

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Authors: Joy Sengupta

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, Head of Corporate Strategy & Planning, CLS,
Ram Komarraju

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, Head of Innovation and Technology Delivery, CLS,
Keith Bear

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, Vice President, Financial Markets, IBM

Advancing blockchain Financial institutions have positioned themselves at the forefront of blockchain technology. Cost savings alone, some project, could run in the tens of billions of dollars per year1. Settlement times could plunge from days to minutes, almost approaching T+0. Moreover, 8 in 10 capital market organizations planning to implement blockchains in 2017 told IBM they expect to introduce new business models for clearing and settlement2. As first-movers edge closer to commercial implementation, one vital question looms large: What could stall blockchain momentum?


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