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IMF: Virtual Currencies and Their Underlying Technologies Can Provide Faster and Cheaper Financial Services

by Giulio Prisco for Bitcoinmag.com

On January 20, 2016 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, during the panel on Transformation of Finance, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a paper titled “Virtual Currencies and Beyond: Initial Considerations.” (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

March 9, 2016

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Blockchain and its usage beyond finance

By Eliot Maras for cryptocoinnews.com

Blockchain technology is largely associated with the financial sector, but distributed ledger applications have much to offer other industries as well. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

March 7, 2016

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We Must Regulate Bitcoin. Problem Is, We Don’t Understand It

By Primavera De Filippi for Wired

Bitcoin has failed. Bitcoin is the future. Bitcoin cannot be regulated. Bitcoin needs to be regulated. The debate over what will happen to the decentralized virtual currency has reached a cacophonous point, and now lawmakers around the world are wondering whether the time has finally come to regulate this emerging technology. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

March 2, 2016

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Bitcoin has failed. Bitcoin is the future. Bitcoin cannot be regulated. Bitcoin needs to be regulated.

By PRIMAVERA DE FILIPPI for Wired Magazine

The debate over what will happen to the decentralized virtual currency has reached a cacophonous point, and now lawmakers around the world are wondering whether the time has finally come to regulate this emerging technology. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

March 2, 2016

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The Case for Ripple in the Age of Big Bank Blockchains

By Pete Rizzo for coindesk.com

Given its early emphasis on distributed ledgers in what was then widely described as the digital currency ecosystem, Ripple has long held a unique market position in the industry. In the age of “blockchain”, the startup remains one of the few holdouts to describe its offerings as “distributed financial technology”. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, Global trends

March 2, 2016

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D+H: 2016 will see blockchain solutions reach banking consumers

By Daniel Palmer for Coindesk.com

DH Corporation (D+H), a Canada-based provider of technology solutions to financial institutions, recently announced the integration of a proprietary blockchain solution with its payments hub, Global PAYplus.

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Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

March 1, 2016

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IBM Exec Elected Chair of Hyperledger Blockchain Committee

By Stan Higgins for coindesk.com 

An IBM executive has been named as the chairman of the technical committee for the Hyperledger Project, the open-source blockchain initiative launched late last year under the umbrella of the Linux Foundation. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Fintech news

March 1, 2016

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Hong Kong robusts its fintech ecosystem

By Joseph Bradley for cryptocurrencynews.com

HK$17B has been pledged by the financial secretary of Hong Kong to begin building the key infrastructure necessary to support a thriving Fintech and tech center in the city. (more…)

Blockchain, China, Fintech news, Hong Kong

February 29, 2016

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Blockchain’s Growing Role in Financial Services

By Helen Thompson for SWIFT Institute,

In this article, Thompson examines how financial services firms might benefit from blockchain technology and some pitfalls they need to avoid as they move towards adoption. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

February 29, 2016

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Why Bitcoin Matters

by Jon Evans for techcrunch.com

The most epochal financial transaction of this century, to date, occurred on May 22, 2010. It did not involve Wall Street, or the City of London; it took place in Jacksonville, Florida. It did not feature collateralized debt obligations, or credit default swaps. It was a purchase of two Papa John’s pizzas, in exchange for a payment whose present value currently exceeds US $4 million. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

February 26, 2016

UK takes first steps towards open banking revolution

A banking revolution in terms of financial services will benefit from the UK’s Open Banking Standard. Story by Daoud Fakhri.

The Open Banking Working Group’s newly published recommendations on open platform banking will, if fully implemented, lead to a revolution in the provision of banking services to UK consumers.

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Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

February 26, 2016

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Payments Players Move on Blockchain Tech

By Bailey Reutzel for Coindesk.com

Amid a steady stream of positive news, incumbent payment companies are quickly launching products and services incorporating blockchain technology. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, Fintech news

February 26, 2016

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Could The 2009 Crisis Have Been Avoided With Blockchain?

By George Samman, the former CMO of Fuzo which is using blockchain to bring financial inclusion to the developing world, co-founder BTC.sx, a former Wall Street Senior Portfolio Manager

This post will explore the 2009 subprime mortgage crisis and the hypothetical impact a blockchain may have had with regards to the proliferation of toxic synthetic Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) and Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs).

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Blockchain, Fintech news

February 25, 2016

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Japan considers making bitcoin a legal currency

By Richard Smart for Guardian,

Proposed changes would bring bitcoin, dogecoin and other cryptocurrencies under definition of currency (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Government activities

February 25, 2016

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JPMorgan testing remittance via Blockchain between 2,200 clients

By Samburaj Das for cryptocurrency news

JPMorgan Chase & Co has been testing a blockchain program over the past few months wherein US dollars are being moved between London and Tokyo using distributed ledger or blockchain technology, the same innovation used to power Bitcoin. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

February 24, 2016

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Tim Draper On The Evolution Of VC and the future of blockchain

Recently I had the chance to catch up with Tim Draper, Founder and Managing Director at DFJ and one of the most prominent figures in the global venture capital community. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Influences FinTech

February 22, 2016

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Big Industries Where Blockchain Could Be Used

Blockchain is widely known for its usage within Bitcoin, and now, people  and enterprises are starting to understand the blockchain as a phenomenon different from Bitcoin specifically and other digital currencies in general. Banking and payments are not the only sectors that could be disrupted by blockchain tech, moreover, the promising sectors include Music, Voting and NGOs.  (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends

February 22, 2016

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Blockchain Brings Africa Hope

By Elliot Maras for ccn.la

African banks, behind the times with fintech, could actually become pioneers in developing new financial technologies like the blockchain and bitcoin. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cashless, Fintech news, Global trends, Mobile payments/banking

February 22, 2016

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Vladislav Solodkiy: 4 reasons to believe the fintech hype

Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing partner of Life.SREDA for VentureBeat.com

Over the past year, the fintech industry has transformed from a hypothetical hotspot to an actual one.

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About, Blockchain, Columns, Fintech news, Global trends, Influences FinTech

February 21, 2016

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Accenture, Broadridge & PwC announces Blockchain Partnerships with Digital Asset.

By SAMBURAJ DAS for CCN.com

Blockchain technology developer Digital Asset Holdings has revealed new ‘strategic business relationships’ with consulting and technology services firm Accenture, financial services firm Broadridge and one of the ‘Big Four’ in auditing and services network PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

February 19, 2016

Blockchains Predicted to Power the Internet of Things

By Philip Ryan for Bank Innovation,

You might be using a blockchain to order detergent within the next few years. (more…)

Blockchain, Cashless, eWallets, Global trends, SME

February 17, 2016

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Why Wall Street Is Embracing the Blockchain?

By Cade Metz, writer at Wired.com 

Just before Christmas, Overstock.com and its free-thinking CEO, Patrick Byrne, announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission had approved its plan to issue stock over the blockchain, the vast online ledger that drives the bitcoin digital currency.

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Analytics, Banks, Blockchain, Fintech news, Global trends, news

February 17, 2016

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7 Asian Banks Investigating Blockchain Tech

By , writer at Coindesk.com

Until recently, there was a noticeable lack of interest in bitcoin and the blockchain among the financial institutions of Asia. In fact, banks there were more likely to be issuing warnings about digital currencies than getting involved in any related activity. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cashless, Cryptocurrencies, Global trends

February 17, 2016

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IBM Bets on Bitcoin Ledger

By Robert McMillan,

IBM, in a bid to establish a new standard for blockchain software, on Tuesday expects to contribute computer code it developed to a free, open-source project called Hyperledger. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, news

February 16, 2016

UN Paper: Pushing Bitcoin for Third World Issues Can Be ‘Techno Colonialism’

By Daniel Palmer for Coindesk,

A new UN working paper argues that the bitcoin community has a tendency towards “techno-colonial solutionism” and “techno-libertarian evangelism” in proposing the digital currency as a solution to issues in the developing world. (more…)

Banks, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

February 12, 2016

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Bitcoin Holders Can Now Receive Daily Interest Payments On Coinbase

By The cointelegraph.com,

On January 21st, during the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami,BSAVE announced its Bitcoin savings account for Coinbase wallet users. This new feature allows Coinbase clients to receive daily interest payments. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

January 23, 2016

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Bank consortium R3CEV successfully tests Bitcoin tech in traditional bank transactions

By Nicky Capella for The Stack magazine,

R3CEV, a startup dedicated to bringing blockchain technology to traditional finance, yesterday ran a successful test of transactions between 11 of the world’s largest financial institutions. This represents a big step forward in bringing blockchain, the foundation for Bitcoin, to traditional banking. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 21, 2016

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Zcash, an Untraceable Bitcoin Alternative, Launches in Alpha

By Andy Greenberg for Wired.com,

BITCOIN MAY HAVE become the currency of choice for the anonymity-loving Internet underground. But it’s never been anonymous enough for Zooko Wilcox. As he’ll remind anyone who’ll listen, the blockchain, bitcoin’s very public ledger of all transactions in its crypto-economy, means that unless bitcoin’s users funnel it through intermediaries or special software, their transactions can easily be traced. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news

January 20, 2016

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R.I.P., Bitcoin. It’s time to move on

By Vivek Wadhwa is a fellow at Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University

Not long ago, venture capitalists were talking about how Bitcoin was going to transform the global currency system and render governments powerless to police monetary transactions. Now the cryptocurrency is fighting for survival. The reality came to light on Jan. 14, when its influential developer, Mike Hearn, declared Bitcoin a failure and disclosed that he had sold all of his Bitcoins. The price of Bitcoin fell 10 percent in a single day on the news, a sad result for those who are losing money on it. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

January 19, 2016

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Is Bitcoin’s Promise Going Up In Smoke?

By Vivek Wadhwa for techcrunch.com

Not long ago, venture capitalists were talking about how Bitcoin was going to transform the global currency system and render governments powerless to police monetary transactions. Now the cryptocurrency seems to be fighting for survival. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news

January 19, 2016