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What does blockchain mean for the future of banking?

What does blockchain mean for the future of banking? The banking industry spends a lot of time and money each year on what is known as ‘post-trade processing’, which involves the buyer and seller comparing details of their transactions, changing records and transferring ownership of cash or securities. Blockchain technology offers the chance to make all of this redundant, but there are some things the industry needs to do before this can happen. Best known for its use in controlling...

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Is “Real” Money at Risk of Extinction?

Is “Real” Money at Risk of Extinction? It can be very hard to imagine placing as much emphasis and value on something intangible, like Bitcoins, when we are so used to the concept of physical money. When we think of people who are ‘rolling in it’, we automatically picture someone who is literally rolling around in bundles of cash! That is simply how the mind has been tuned to work. Until now, that is. Why Has Money Not Yet Been...

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How blockchain can build trust in the digital economy

How blockchain can build trust in the digital economy While blockchain is, at the moment, mainly associated in people’s minds with cryptocurrencies, its open technology brings further possibilities in a number of other areas. In particular, it allows organisations and individuals to carry out secure transactions directly with one another. What makes blockchain so good at this is the fact that transactions are chained to each other and this guarantees integrity by making them hard to tamper with. This makes...

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Blockchain moves into solar technology

Blockchain moves into solar technology Cryptocurrencies and blockchain may have only been around for a decade, but already the technology has captured the imagination of industries beyond the realm of finance. Financial transactions Most people associate blockchain technology with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Litecoin or Etherium. Best described as a shared ledger hosted by millions of computers, blockchain establishes cryptographically secure, uneditable chains of entries. Initially created to facilitate transactions in cryptocurrencies, blockchain seems to have found its natural home...

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How smart contracts are set to shake up legal agreements

How smart contracts are set to shake up legal agreements Blockchain technology has come to people’s attention because of its use in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. However, it has potential in a number of other areas, and one of those is that it could revolutionise the world of commercial contracts. The distributed ledger technology of blockchain makes it possible to create ‘smart’ contracts that are automatically enforceable. The idea of smart contracts was first mooted in the 1990s, but until recently,...

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