Week ending September 23, 2016

Three things to know

This week global payments blockchain infrastructure made a giant leap toward becoming a reality, the first security issued via blockchain nears, and State Street plans to use blockchain to track capital.                                                                

A blockchain payments infrastructure moves closer to reality as Ripple organizes a group of global banks.  This initial group of six founding members will work together to develop the rules for global blockchain payments. The mission includes the usual goals to reduce settlement times and lower costs. However, they are also creating the new methods of global payments. The question is, how long will it take for the rules to be developed and agreed upon?

Moving from payments to equities issuance, Keystone Capital Corp is running a corporate bond offering for Overstock.com. What makes it unique is the offering is being done through a trading system called t0, of which Overstock is the parent company. This is an entirely digital corporate bond that will be traded on through blockchain and is the first of its kind.

Staying in capital markets, we turn to State Street, where the company has partnered with Peer Nova to develop a blockchain system that will monitor the flow of funds.  The goal of the program is to “track the lineage of capital with greater certainty”. To achieve that end, the companies have combined the big data platform of Peer Nova with the blockchain capabilities of State Street.  The trial is scheduled to be completed in October, then the pilot phase will be

Each week, blockchain moves closer to being applied to real-world, live situations.  n months from now, it may seem silly to discuss new applications and uses for blockchain.  Blockchain will be so common that it new efforts are the norm.

Overstock’s TØ Blockchain to See First-Ever Public Issuance of Equities

State Street and Peer Nova Trial New Blockchain Prototype for Capital Tracking


Weekly Blockchain

Financial Services

Applying Blockchain Technology to Trade Finance

Banks Are Turning to The Blockchain in A Big Way

Synechron Launches Blockchain Accelerator for Smart Margin Calls, KYC

Delaware’s bet on blockchain
Asset Managers Expect to Be Using Blockchain in Five Years

Symbiont Showcases Blockchain Catastrophe Swaps to Insurance Execs 

Australia To Lead International Blockchain Standards Initiative

IBM and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ to Use Blockchain for Contact Management Between the …

WISeKey to Launch a Blockchain Center of Excellence in Mauritius to Develop a Blockchain Platform

French Bank BNP is Testing Blockchain for Mini-Bonds

Bank of England Statement on Future Digital Currency and Blockchain Tech

Thailand: Digital Ventures invests in US-based blockchain firm Ripple

New blockchain research alliance establishes in Shanghai

Israeli Blockchain Startup Synereo Destroys Half of Its Native Cryptocurrency Holdings, Worth.

BREXIT – A Catalyst for Blockchain Technology?

BNP Paribas Developing a Blockchain Platform for ‘Minibonds’ Private Stocks

Santander Just Announced Plans to Launch a Blockchain Token Digital Currency

75% of corporate treasurers in Africa and Latin America interested in blockchain solutions, says.

Singapore Road Tests Future of B2B Blockchain Contracts

IBM in blockchain project with China Union Pay

Coinsecure Partners with OK Link to Bring Blockchain Technology Based Remittances to India

Minsheng Insurance Retains ConsenSys and BlockApps to build Blockchain Loyalty Reward …


DARPA Awards $1.8 Million Contract to Verify a Blockchain Solution

Uses and Applications

Blockchain-based Trading Card Game Spells of Genesis Now Available in Web Version

First Blood: Blockchain-Based E-Sports Platform Nears Crowdsale

IBM, BTMU to test blockchain for contract management

7 Financial Firms Test Blockchain for Data Management

Blockchain Startups Fine-Tune the Music Industry

Synechron Launches Blockchain Accelerator Applications in the Cloud
Thomson Reuters Demos New Ethereum Blockchain Use Cases

Delaware’s bet on blockchain

Telstra explores blockchain, biometrics to secure smart home IoT devices

Blockchain Tracker: Edits, Approvals, Music & Bono

Blockchain Energy P2P sharing project Share & Charge going into live Beta

How Blockchain Could Be the Next Big Disruption in The $15 Billion Music Business

Uport, An Ethereum Based Identity Project Wins the Blockchain Competition

World’s Largest Mining Company to Use Blockchain for Supply Chain

Thought Leadership

Traditional investment banking model ‘no longer an option,’ states McKinsey & Company …

Central Bank Digital Currencies: A Revolution in Banking?

Hyperledger and the Linux Foundation Opens Doors to the Public Blockchain Space

Melanie Swan (Blockchain Studies): “You can compare the blockchain with electricity”
How blockchain will grow beyond bitcoin

Blockchain: The smart person’s guide

The 100 Most Influential Blockchain Companies

A Trusted Intermediary to Make Blockchain Work for Your Business

The creation of Hyperledger Fabric V1 for stable blockchain networks

Absolute Immutability Will Slow Permissioned Blockchain Progress

Is an Editable Blockchain the Future of Finance?

Is Blockchain Really the Answer to Global Payments?

Why Accenture broke the blockchain with IBM’s help

Op-Ed: What Is the True Meaning of “Decentralization” in Blockchain Technology?

Blockchain Could Have Prevented the Wells Fargo Scam

Global Blockchain Summit: Hyperledger wants to work with unpermissioned currency-based chains

Finance in Focus: How a blockchain economy can mitigate fraud