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Banks Unlikely To Process Payments With Distributed Ledgers For Now, Says Ripple

“Banks are unlikely to use distributed ledgers to process cross-border payments for now because of scalability and privacy issues, according to Ripple, one of the most prominent startups developing the technology. “I will concede, we haven’t gotten there yet,” Ripple’s chief cryptographer David Schwartz said in an interview. Banks have been vocal about taking steps […]
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Systems

Why Blockchain Could Revolutionise Trade Finance Documentation

“These processes suffer greatly from built-in inefficiencies and it is not surprising at all that escrow payments, trade finance and processing and document store have all been identified as potentially benefitting from the application of blockchain. Fuelled by smart contracts to mediate payments, goods delivery and shipment updates, an new solution is being crafted by the […]
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Tech

Why Blockchain Will Survive, Even If Bitcoin Doesn’t

“Take logistics. Already, 1.1 million items sold or on sale at Walmart are on a blockchain—including chicken and almond milk—helping the company trace their journey from manufacturer to store shelf. Global shipping giant Maersk uses the same technology from IBM to track shipping containers, making it faster and easier to transfer them and get them through customs.”
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Global

Hong Kong Regulator, Banks Launch Blockchain-based Trade Finance Platform

“Hong Kong’s banking regulator and seven banks, including HSBC Holdings PLC and Standard Chartered PLC, on Tuesday said they will jointly launch a trade finance platform in September using blockchain technology.The platform will be one of the largest examples globally of a government-led, cross-bank effort to reform the multi-billion dollar trade finance sector using the […]
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Tech

HSBC Settled Over $250bn Using DLT Technology in 2018

“HSBC, one of the world’s largest bank institutions, has revealed that throughout 2018 it settle more than $250 billion in transactions using distributed ledger technology (DLT).  In a press release, the bank stated that it had been using it’s “FX Everywhere” platform in order to complete over 3 million foreign exchange (FX) transactions and made an additional 150,000 […]
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Tech

Singapore Exchange and regulator in cross-DLT settlement breakthrough

“The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Singapore Exchange (SGX) have developed delivery versus payment (DvP) capabilities for the settlement of tokenised assets across different blockchain platforms. As reported in August, the pair signed a collaboration to develop this DvP. Anquan, Deloitte and Nasdaq were appointed as technology partners for this project. It was one […]
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Providers

IBM And FX Giant CLS Team Up To Launch Blockchain App Store For Banks

“Even private and permissioned blockchains need to build ecosystems and achieve network effects, just like their permissionless, public counterparts. At least, that’s the thinking behind LedgerConnect, a financial blockchain “app store” that aims to make it easier for banks to access distributed ledger technology (DLT) solutions from fintech and software providers, and for those vendors […]
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Tech

ING Bank, R3 Ink Deal for ‘Unlimited’ Corda Blockchain Deployment

“R3 announced Tuesday that the deal will provide ING with an “unlimited” number of licenses for the Corda platform, allowing the bank to deploy its blockchain tech and “production-ready” CorDapps (or Corda Distributed Applications) across its international business operations. CorDapps cover various financial services activities, including trade finance, identity, insurance and capital markets, according to the announcement.”