CoinDesk’s Report on Banking and the Blockchain Now Available

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For financial institutions, Blockchain technology holds great promise as a way to drive efficiencies and grease the friction in financial payment and settlement systems that have been slow to change. It also offers the potential to revolutionize the issuance and tracking of stocks and shares.

Over the last year, many of the world’s biggest banks have started seriously experimenting with the Blockchain as a means to solve a variety of issues with legacy financial systems and many banks have started their own research projects or joined consortia to experiment with the technology, explore use cases, and, potentially, bring banking into a new era of efficiency and connectivity.

In Coindesk’s new report, Banks and the Blockchain, the editorial team of specialists fully explore the potential of the Blockchain in the financial services industry, evaluates the main players and highlight some of the opportunities for the technology to disrupt traditional mechanisms in the financial markets. It also describes some of the potential challenges faced by pioneers in this sector, and outlines some possible solutions.

Highlights include: 

  • An introduction to the mechanics of blockchain technology and why it is different from bitcoin the currency
  • The advantages of blockchain tech within finance, from transparency and transaction speed to low cost
  • Specific use cases for the blockchain within banking, from settlements and clearing to payments and more
  • The rush to distributed ledger technology within the finance sector
  • The challenges for financial blockchains
  • A look at the companies now specializing in blockchain services.

To get your copy of the report, click here.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) - Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He's written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein's professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he's travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he's raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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