JP Morgan Expands “Quorum” platform pilot to 75 Global Banks

The Background To stem competition from non-bank payment processors, JP Morgan will join 75 other banks as part of an expansion of the Interbank Information Network (IIN) to try and make payment processing and settlement more efficient. The network consists of international banking names across Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and isRead More

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Morgan Stanley Catches the Bitcoin Bug

Background   Last week, an unidentified worker for Morgan Stanley who asked to remain anonymous, stated in a report by Bloomberg News that they will begin to deal in contracts that give synthetic exposure to the performance of Bitcoin. They plan to offer trading in complex derivatives by going long or short using the priceRead More

Layer Two – A Solution to Scale

Why Layer Two Matters Layer 2 is a new phase of blockchain development where the lightning network and other programming solutions operate “on top” of the base layer – blockchain. HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is the foundation of data communication for the world wide web that functions as the application layer to the internet. LayerRead More

World Bank “Blockchain Bond” and what it means for DLT

Introduction The evolution of DLT and other decentralized protocol rely on a collective development of infrastructure components in order to reach critical mass. These infrastructure components can be summarized as: Technological Legal Regulatory Within the aforementioned categories challenges particularly exist regarding scalability (i.e. tx processing power), communication between blockchain protocols (i.e. interoperability),  identity and transactionRead More

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Coinbase CEO: Think Longterm

A bit of Background Coinbase is the largest public exchange in the cryptocurrency space with revenues reaching over $1B in 2017, and has quickly become a household name to many in the community. Despite their humble origins as a simple website to buy Bitcoin, they’ve recently begun investing heavily in technology development and mass-adoption orientedRead More

CoinDesk State of Blockchain Q2 2018 Report Summary

THE BEAT CoinDesk, the leader in blockchain and crypto asset media, has published the State of Blockchain Q2 2018 Report. Key findings from the report include: Lower exchange volumes, but increased developer work highlights focus on infrastructure devlopment over trading ICO funding for the quarter averaged $393 million EOS raises the all time highest ICO valued atRead More

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Citadel CEO Provides Crypto Perspective as Institutional Interest heats up

POLARIZING VIEWPOINTS DRIVES CRYPTO NARRATIVE The bombardment of opposing viewpoints in the crypto space often culminates in hyper sensationalism from digital asset commentary as well as a denial from traditional financial managers. The truth is both sides have valid viewpoints, it just depends how you choose to interpret it. In this past weeks Delivering AlphaRead More

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Is Bitcoin adoption on the horizon, or is it just a mirage?

Why might adoption affect price? The general consensus on the path to stability in any cryptocurrency is supposedly widespread use. The problem is complex, since without distribution among a wide network of users, volatility in crypto markets may continue to restrict the use cases of open blockchains in a sort of chicken and egg scenario.Read More

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