The Bank of Canada's experimental effort to build a wholesale payment system using a DLT-based settlement asset has thrown up concerns about whether the technology can meet international standards for systemically important payments infrastructure.
The European Central Bank is pondering the creation of a pan-European service for issuance of securities - and the potential role of distributed ledger technology in bringing the vision to reality.
Machine intelligence, not blockchain or cloud technology, will have the biggest impact on the exchange industry, predicts new Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman.
The Hong Stock Exchange has laid out plans for a major overhaul of its technology infrastructure, culminating - inevitably - in a pledge to explore the potential of blockchain technologies and cloud computing in the post-trade arena.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia has issued a cryptobond for Queensland Treasury Corporation in the first trial run of the bank's private, permissioned blockchain platform for the end-to-end issuance of bonds.
Deutsche Börse has filed a patent for a new way of shifting collateral among banks using tokenised digital coins.
Finra (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) has become the latest organisation to give its two cents on distributed ledger technology, publishing a paper on blockchain's implications for the securities industry.
Thesys Technologies has won the bidding to build a vast Consolidated Audit Trail (CAT) tracking transactions as they pass through US equity and options markets.
Deutsche Bourse is promising to cooperate with fintech firms and tap new technologies such as big data, AI and, above all, blockchain as it moves toward the creation of an 'Exchange 4.0', says CEO Carsten Kengeter.
A coalition of four central securities depositories is collaborating with Deutsche Börse on an initiative to use blockchain technology to ease cross-border mobilisation of security collateral.
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