Distributed Ledger technology (DLT)

5 Reasons for the Speedy Adoption of Blockchain Technology

5 Reasons for the Speedy Adoption of Blockchain Technology

Blockchain, the digital record-keeping technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency networks, has proven itself as a potential game changer in the world of finance. While still in its nascent stage, it is being compared to the status that Internet in the 1990s held. Just like the internet was underrated in the 1990s, it is difficult to predict the …

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One step closer: The Swiss Blockchain Law is back on track

Swiss Blockchain History Switzerland has long been ambitious in supporting innovation in the Blockchain space. Back when regulators were divided on how to approach the ICO phenomena, the Swiss regulator – as opposed to many of its peers that were either more hesitant, cautious or outright against it – chose a more proactive approach and …

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A solution that may have found its problem: Trade Finance and Blockchain

The honeymoon for Blockchain is over. Excitement has turned into disillusion and disappointment. Coined (no pun intended) a solution looking for a problem, the application of the technology in Trade Finance is a silver lining in times of Blockchain gloom. Let’s face it: Blockchain has seen better times! Cryptocurrencies have been in a slump even …

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An Overview of Blockchain Legislation and Regulatory Measures

The Blockchain industry is often compared with the Wild West. in fact, part of its attraction seems to stem from a perceived lack of regulation as rules are often considered as hampering innovation. As with cryptocurrencies, regulators have been slow to respond to the questions surrounding the application of existing regulations or the introduction of new ones. …

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European Watchdog assesses Blockchain potential and interactions with EU rules

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued today a report on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT). The report sets out ESMA’s view on DLT, its possible applications, benefits, risks and how it maps to existing EU regulation. ESMA’s position is that regulatory action is premature at this stage, considering that the technology is still …

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US regulator reports on DLT and the Implications of Blockchain for the Securities Industry

The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today published a report on Distributed Ledger Technology and the implications of Blockchain for the Securities Industry. This paper provides an overview of distributed ledger technology, highlights some key applications being explored in the securities industry and potential impact of the technology, and discusses key implementation and regulatory considerations …

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BaFinTech – German regulator’s FinTech event discusses innovation and regulation

The timing could not haven been better. A week after the UK’s vote to leave the EU and the following discussion about the future of London as the world’s FinTech capital, the German financial watchdog BaFin today held an event on FinTech and regulation, the BaFin-Tech 2016. The event consisted of four workshops, which aimed …

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US regulator warns against operational vulnerabilities in Blockchain applications and cyberattacks

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (Council) has published its 2016 annual report. The Council reports annually to Congress on a range of issues, including significant financial market and regulatory developments, potential emerging threats to the financial stability of the United States, and the activities of the Council. The report also makes recommendations to promote market …

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