• Bank of Canada Building Ottawa

    Bank of Canada draws digital currencies lessons from history

    Luke Parker

    The Canadian Central Bank recently released a staff working paper that examines the period in Canada when both private bank notes and government-issued notes (Dominion notes) were simultaneously in circulation. “Because both of these notes shared many of the characteristics of today's digital currencies,” the report states, “the experience with these notes can be used to draw lessons about how digital currencies might perform.”

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    Bitcoin invoicing for international trade

    James Kyd

    Notwithstanding legal and regulatory issues - that would require further consideration outside the scope of this discussion - it is plausible that Bitcoin the system could be used by domestic firms in emerging economies to make payment on international supplier invoices - i.e payment on imports denominated in an international currency.

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  • Music Crowd

    Blockchain technology can solve several media industry problems

    Luke Parker

    The unsurpassed reach of the Internet and the emergence of a range of new digital technologies have transformed virtually every corner of the music industry for fans and creators alike. While consumers enjoy vastly more options, these market disruptions are presenting a range of important challenges for creators, producers, and distributors of music.

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  • Hong Kong Night Skyline

    Bitspark vs. Hong Kong

    Luis Buenaventura

    Hong Kong’s bustling population of 7 million only has about 350,000 migrant workers, but on Sundays, it feels like every single one of them has managed to cram into the same 12 square kilometers of the Central district. Their mission is always the same, send money back home to the Philippines or Indonesia in the most affordable and secure way possible.

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    European Commission 'actively monitoring' Blockchain developments

    Luke Parker

    The Vice-President of the European Commission, Andrus Ansip, recently provided details on initiatives, projects and partnerships to foster decentralised innovation ecosystems in Europe. “The Commission is actively monitoring Blockchain and DLT developments,” he said.

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    Bitcoin Price Analysis - PBoC effect diminishing

    Josh Olszewicz

    Repeated People’s Bank of China (PBoC) announcements and meetings with Chinese exchanges has been a large bearish driving force over the past month.

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  • SEC

    The devil is in the detail: SEC regulation of blockchain technology

    Richard B. Levin

    Blockchain technology has captured the imagination of the financial services industry. Unfortunately, the adoption of the technology is impaired by a lack of clarity from regulators, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), on how the technology will be regulated. Many firms in the financial services industry believe blockchain technology can be adapted for use in traditional financial services transactions in a way that can reshape the model of executing trades. But the success of blockchain technology will be impacted in large part by how the SEC elects to regulate platforms that use the technology. The devil will be in the details.

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  • Thales nShield Connect

    Accenture and Thales combine blockchain technology and hardware security modules

    Luke Parker

    Global professional services firm Accenture PLC and Thales e-security recently announced the launch of a patent-pending security system for enterprise use that, “creates a simple path to large-scale commercial use of blockchain technology,” according to Accenture.

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    No app is an island

    B Holmes

    Smartphones have quickly become an integral part of everyday life, for communication to remotely managing our finances and consuming online media. Statista estimates that more than two billion people, a quarter of the world’s population, are smartphone users, and predicts that number will rise to 2.8b by 2020.

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  • Bumpy but Fruitful Road Ahead

    Look Out Fintech: Bumpy but fruitful road ahead

    Sandeep Kumar

    Are investors running out of patience to see tangible results from fintech? 2017 could be a year of reckoning for fintech companies if they do not begin turning over profits. The much-hyped cycle of fintech may get a dose of commercial reality, as financial services business leaders shift their immediate focus toward tangible business solutions while keeping innovation and automation on their long-term agenda.

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