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Introduction

The blockchain or distributed ledger has quickly grown to become one of the most talked-about issues in financial services, with organizations everywhere now looking more seriously at a technology that until recently many derided.

Highlights

  • The year 2015 has been a turning point in the development of blockchain technologies, largely driven by a major shift in attitudes that quickly gathered pace and has now taken hold among banks, regulators, vendors, developers, and investors alike.

Features and Benefits

  • Explains the role of blockchain technologies in banks today.
  • Analyzes the barriers to entry for blockchain experimentation and how this is helping to fuel innovation.

Key questions answered

  • How can banks use blockchain technology? Are there applications beyond payments?
  • Should banks be looking at distributed ledger technology now, or should they take a wait-and-see approach?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Interest in the blockchain vastly surpasses real-world commercial deployments
  • Permissioned networks are driving the blockchain as infrastructure
  • There is little stopping banks experimenting with distributed ledgers right now

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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