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Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Some blockchain predictions for 2019

2018 was a challenging year for the blockchain world. Not all my predictions were realised. But what is sure is: the hype is over. The adoption of this technology by the industry was less outspoken th...

27 Dec 2018
Blockchain Observations
Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Blockchain and the aviation industry: fasten seatbelts for take off

My wife and I recently returned from our trip through South Africa and Namibia. It was great again. All went very well except our flight back to Amsterdam. That was cancelled because of fleet shortage...

18 Dec 2018
Blockchain Observations
Neil Crammond


One of the very few benefits of open outcry trading was the fact that traders could see everyone trading and the chances of rogue trading was easier to spot compared to today. Through a virtual pit

23 Nov 2018
Operational Risk Management
Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Ripple Report says Blockchain is reaching critical mass in global payments

Recently Ripple launched its “Blockchain in Payments Report 2018”. Main finding of this Report was that global payments based on this technology is reaching critical mass this year. And on top of tha...

23 Oct 2018
Blockchain Observations
Shiran Weitzman

eComms Compliance Challenges under MiFID II and MAR

In today financial markets, compliance officers face a haystack of digital information to sift through, for the needles that indicate market abuse or misbehaviour. The question is, how to find those n...

16 Oct 2018
Sriram Krishnamoorthi

Trade Finance towards Blockchain

Blockchain – the BUZZ word that’s been going around for a few years now, but what exactly is it? Blockchain is just one form of the “Distributed Ledger” technology. To rephrase, “All Blockchain platfo...

09 Oct 2018
Blockchain Observations
Retired Member

Making sense of the Data Lake

Today, receiving and providing accurate data, is king. But rather than firms searching for more data, they are now looking at how best to store, access and manage the data that already exists. How can...

03 Oct 2018
Capital Markets Technology
Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Red Belly Blockchain: solving the scalability issue?

In an earlier blog (“Blockchain is looking for Scale: a Balancing Act, Part I + II, 18 June 2018) I showed how the blockchain world was trying to solve the scalability issue. There I concluded tha...

02 Oct 2018
Blockchain Observations
Retired Member

Engaging end-users key when developing a risk management Graphical User Interface

It has been said that the role of a risk manager is not for the faint of heart. This is particularly true for those working in clearing houses, given the key role they play as central pillars of marke...

25 Sep 2018
Darren Bishop

Refreshingly expensive. Really?

In these modern times the old saying you get what you pay for is starting to have a hollow ring. The mighty John Lewis, that enduring stalwart of quality and style has just reported an alarming 99% dr...

25 Sep 2018
Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Komgo: Dutch banks going blockchain for commodities trade finance

Trade finance is one of the most crowded areas for blockchain-based projects. In one of my earlier blogs I gave an overview of them (see my blog: “Blockchain for Trade Finance: a network business”, 23...

25 Sep 2018
Blockchain Observations
Carlo R.W. De Meijer

Blockchain World Wire: should Ripple worry?

“Out of the Blue”, and “quite in the shadow”, IBM recently introduced a new product called Blockchain World Wire. A cross-border payments system for financial institutions based on blockchain technolo...

06 Sep 2018
Blockchain Observations