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Die wichtigsten Krypto-News der Woche

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Was war in der 35. Kalenderwoche in der Krypto-Welt wichtig? Dreiviertel der Teilnehmer einer Deloitte Studie, denken, dass digitale Vermögenswerte Fiat-Währungen ersetzen werden; die SEC ist wegen Ripple in einer heiklen Lage und Bitcoin eventuell bald bei Twitter.
 
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Deloitte: “Ein neues Zeitalter von digitalen Vermögenswerten beginnt”

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Ein neues Zeitalter von digitalen Vermögenswerten bricht an – so eine Studie von Deloitte. Die Teilnehmer sind sich einig: Digitale Vermögenswerte werden Fiat-Währungen ersetzen. Aber wann?
 
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Blockchain Career Opportunities Are Booming

Blockchain Career Opportunities Are Booming

The blockchain and cryptocurrency industry has seen a steep rise in expansion over the last few years, grabbing the attention of various users across the globe. With many companies investing billions in blockchain technology, career opportunities have been increasing by leaps and bounds.

According to a report by Tech Jury, the blockchain market is expected to surge to USD 20 billion by 2024. Several companies and banks are leveraging blockchain for the potential it holds to revolutionize business and real-world applications.

It is estimated that in ten years, about 80% of the population will be engaged with blockchain in some form. In fact, as reported by BitcoinNews.com earlier, engineers left their highly paid “dream jobs” to pursue a career in the blockchain industry thanks to its decentralized ideology. 

The popularity of cryptocurrencies has gained ground among enthusiasts, venture capitalists and major corporations. Amid the curiosity surrounding the crypto space, the underlying technology of crypto has led to a boom in the financial market. It has been estimated that investment banks and companies can save an estimated USD 12 billion by using blockchain tech to cut down on the radical costs for data transfer and storage.

Insight on career opportunities

In August 2018, according to a Glass Door economic research report, blockchain career listings saw a whopping 300% increase over a span of one year with 1,775 job openings in the United States alone. The median blockchain-based job salary was found to be about USD 85,000, about 61.8% more than the average US median salary, with New York being the top US metro for job openings. LinkedIn produces over 3,000 job results in the US alone for blockchain-related work ads.

Graph indicating the involvement of people in the crypto and blockchain industry
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Blockchain-based careers have become a lucrative option for tech-savvy personnel. The most popular line of blockchain job, according to Glass Door research, was found to be Software Engineer and about 45% of blockchain-related jobs are for software engineers. Needless to say, apt coding skills are an essential qualification for this job. These engineers develop the software apps, infrastructure for Bitcoin and Ethereum use, which serves as the basic premise for the working of blockchain technology.

Next, are the blockchain web designers, who perform marketing activities and build the interface and design blockchain websites. They have to ensure that information about the digital currency industry is correctly and minimalistically presented. Next in demand is the role for Operations which requires a skill-set of operation management and IT. There has also been an increase in demand for the financial personnel considering the fact that the industries are deeply-rooted with finance.

Perhaps an important aspect in which blockchain-based jobs facilitate employment is through the recruitment of non-technology jobs. The increase in technology-related jobs and the general expansion of a blockchain company gives rise to the need of non-tech jobs such as risk manager, marketing manager, public relations officer, product manager, among others.

Oracle, one of the largest technological companies globally, has been expanding its blockchain team, while Chinese industrial and commercial banks have recorded sales of USD 165 billion. This expansion gives rise to the need for real-world experts who keep a check on the security and accountability of the transactions that take place. Even last year, according to a LinkedIn report, blockchain developers took the topmost position in terms of hot demands. Blockchain, therefore, has the potential to serve as a career opportunity for talented candidates, along with them receiving handsome salaries. 

Companies like Circle, Fourkites, and Pixelplex are making long-term investments in blockchain by hiring candidates and many other companies are encouraging skilled personnel by providing them job opportunities to excel in blockchain career. For example, ITExpertsIndya has created its one-size-fits-all job application wherein anyone who is interested can fill up a their name, phone number and other details and submit their resume in a click. They are looking for highly-motivated, organized individuals who give attention to detail and who are results-oriented. It is required for the job applicant to have knowledge of requirement analysis, functional design, software design, database design and testing.

The consultancy companies putting out the most job postings for crypto and blockchain roles are Deloitte, IBM and KPMG. It is highly anticipated that Facebook is going to join this list with the ongoing related hiring spree of the company.

Facebook’s crypto team expansion

It is no secret that Facebook is entering the crypto space with the plan of launching its own crypto dubbed Libra. The project will be open to about 12 countries and is planned to debut in the first quarter of 2020. The company has been attracting a large audience with the support of major payment gateways including Visa, Mastercard and Paypal. Backed by a consortium of 100 corporate investors, Facebook has stirred a storm in the job market. A lot of aspirants have their bag full of hopes to grab the job opportunities in the dream company. 

There is an increased pressure on Facebook to protect user safety and privacy given its involvement in data breach scandals in the past. Needless to say, the management of such a wide database is no piece of cake. This will only open gateways to the expansion of the crypto team. Therefore, with the success of the Libra project, there will be a direct increase in the career opportunities such as compliance, legal, regulatory, privacy and audit jobs to contain the venture.

At the time of writing, Facebook has listed 38 new job opportunities in the blockchain industry which includes Business Development Manager,  Lead International Blockchain Counsel, Financial Accountant, Data Scientist, Growth Product Manager, Threat Investigator, Quantitative UX Researcher, Mixed Methods UX Researcher, Head of Data Science, Director in Payments Partnerships, Vice President, Technical Sourcer and Head of Customer Services.

As reported recently, a prominent professor from MIT was recruited by the social media giant to work on the crypto project. The increase in hiring by blockchain firms shows the long-term interests that firms have in mind. Monetary investment may be volatile in the short run, but investment in human resources sends a strong message of the long term trends.

Blockchain can have a rapid growth in the near future if the employers and the companies promise to believe in the potential of this technology and put in all their efforts and skill in blockchain technology. The primary requisite of the blockchain-related jobs is that it revolves around good coding skills and engineering experience.

Fortunately, these openings are centered in places where there is no shortage of technical and financial expertise. Blockchain is a dynamic and fast moving industry and these trends have created a large scope for people to have developed trust in it, paving the way for long-term interests.

 

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Top Irish Banks Take to Blockchain to Validate Employee Credentials

Ireland's 3 major banks incorporate Blockchain to verify employees' credentials

In an attempt to maintain the regulatory standards of the Central bank of Ireland, three of the “Big Four” banks are collaborating on a new education-based blockchain platform aimed to validate their employee credentials. The announcement was made during Blockchain Ireland week, hosted by government agencies and tech firms.

As reported by Irish Times, AIB, Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank are teaming up with accounting firm Deloitte. The platform was built on the Ethereum blockchain by Deloitte’s EMEA Blockchain Lab which is based in Dublin.

Minister of Finance Pascal Donohoe said:

“[The Government] fully supports the development and adoption of new technologies like blockchain, as a way to encourage digitalization and foster innovation.”

All the employees of the banks will be provided with digital wallets which will contain their credentials. This will help them in conforming to the regulations of the Central bank of Ireland for maintaining a certain degree of standard when it comes to senior employees.

Mary O’Dea, Chief Executive of the Institute of Banking, said:

“(It’s) all about sustaining the highest professional standards for the benefit of the customers who are served by the financial services industry,”

Ireland’s Institute of Banking comprises 23,500 employees, and the project is expected to run till the mid-2020s.  The use of blockchain-based technology for verification of qualifications and credentials is experiencing growing popularity.

In another instance, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission took to Blockchain to set up a better verification model to evaluate the government department. In 2018, the Malaysian education ministry developed a blockchain-based platform to eliminate all kinds of fraudulent degrees. Similarly, back in 2017, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) issued Blockchain based digital certificates to implement verification of these certificates by potential employers and other parties.

 

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Hiring Report Suggests High Interest in Blockchain Industry

Hiring Report Suggests High Interest in Blockchain Industry

The hype surrounding blockchain industry, as well as the cryptocurrency sector, may have waned a little, but a report published by TheNextWeb suggests hiring expertise in the sector still grows, courtesy of a few ‘old-school’ tech companies.

It’s a given that prominent fintech startups had it rough in the past year, having to lay off some of their staff. Still, blockchain-related job vacancies seem to pop up every now and then, with a little spot available for cryptocurrency industry. More so, the technology appears to be fascinating enough to attract veterans in the tech space. IBM tops the chart in this regard.

IBM frequented the news with developments from its enterprise-grade blockchain project, but it’s not the only one on a blockchain hiring spree. Other legacy companies, Ernst & Young (EY), Oracle, Accenture, Deloitte, PwC, and Facebook make the list of employers looking into blockchain expertise.

Vacancies include areas in tech development and marketing, with blockchain engineer, senior software engineer, and blockchain development having more prominence. An earlier report concluded that demand in blockchain engineering expertise had increased by as much as 517 percent year-over-year.

Current estimates place the job offers at around 5,711 globally. According to information obtained from Glassdoor, the US, UK, and India seem to be largely interested in blockchain expertise and have quite a sizeable share in blockchain-related job adverts. Although China has also been know as an active blockchain hub, still more prospects are envisioned for 2023 for the nation to lead the industry.

Sentiments surrounding blockchain development centers around its premature state and while many may be optimistic about the industry, it may still be early for large scale implementation of enterprise-grade blockchain solutions. However, it is possible that most legacy players are finding their way into the ecosystem to hold a stake in the future of the emerging markets of decentralized technology.

 

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Is Institutionalization the Missing Driver of Bitcoin’s Fortunes?

A tokenized economy seems a distant concept as the cryptocurrency market flutters again, leaving influencers and experts again insisting that institutionalization may be the key to the market regaining the stability that it so badly needs.

With another 24-hour drop in major cryptocurrency prices, the current cyber-buzz is on Bitcoin Cash’s battle between its forks in Bitcoin ABC and Bitcoin SV, focusing on the potential damage this is causing to market stability, which at best is trying to re-find its feet after months of encouraging performance.

It has been suggested that this hash war is just a sideline to the main causes of instability in the cryptocurrency market, which is the lack of large-scale participation of fintech companies, banks, payment institutions, exchanges, broker-dealers, and other entities in the financial ecosystem.

Last week’s Bitcoin Cash hard forks coincided with Bitcoin, Ripple (XRP) and Ethereum shedding billions of dollars in value and has rebooted arguments among detractors that cryptocurrencies are proving to be an unsuitable store of value and, therefore, not yet equipped for currency status.

KPMG, one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY), and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has a completely alternative spin on this view and sees the lack of large investment across the field as the only missing link. KPMG chief economist Constance Hunter illustrates the problem:

“Consider for a moment extending a person or entity a loan in a cryptocurrency… The value is too unstable at the moment to be assured repayment. Under these conditions, neither lenders nor borrowers would be willing to take the risk of transacting in cryptocurrencies.”

The problem is how to attract the kind of investment needed to kickstart a tokenized economy which is ripe and poised to become the global financial structure of the future. Hunter suggests:

“More participation from the broader financial services ecosystem will help drive trust and scale for the tokenized economy and help the crypto market grow and mature… Crypto products and services are already starting to pivot and the global financial services ecosystem is also beginning to retool itself for the tokenized economy.”

“I didn’t sleep well last night,” Travis Kling, founder of the hedge fund Ikigai commented. “There’s a small chance that it’s difficult to estimate, that something really bad could happen related to Bitcoin Cash that could then impact the entire crypto market.”

Such splits are clearly deterring Hunter’s big players from the market, argues Financial Times journalist Jemima Kelly in her story, Bitcoin’s repeated splits undermine its long-term value, who suggests, regarding the Bitcoin Cash fork, that “anyone trying to market such a thing — however many new bells and whistles they put on it — is essentially trying to sell hot air”.

KPMG maintains that somehow the market needs to regain its confidence and that the next step is around the corner, insisting, “Cryptoassets have potential. But for them to realize this potential, institutionalization is needed.”

Clearly, reinventing Bitcoin isn’t helping.

 

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Deloitte: 5 Hurdles for Blockchain to Enter Mainstream

Blockchain adoption barriers can be lowered significantly if five “key issues” can be addressed, according to an article published by Deloitte.

Barriers

Published on 28 September, the article titled “Blockchain and the five vectors of progress” takes a deep dive into the many issues that are stifling mass adoption of the technology. In order for progress to be made, the article recommends three areas that will “enhance technical feasibility” and two others which call for greater regulatory support and an increase of organizations formed by blockchain enterprises.

Other reports and studies from the global auditing and consulting firm have appeared rather bullish on blockchain, suggesting that businesses that do not adopt and implement the technology will be at risk of falling behind.

Furthermore, a survey that was recently conducted by Deloitte highlighted positive sentiments held by industries across the globe; it found that a vast majority of participants believed that mainstream adoption will come to fruition in the not-so-distant future.

The article somewhat counters these findings by referencing a 2018 Gartner CIO survey which found that 1% of respondent CIOs had managed to “indicate any kind of blockchain adoption”, with another 8% working on either a pilot or were in short-term planning phases.

Speed

It goes on to argue that blockchain-based systems as a transaction medium are still too slow with the number one network, Bitcoin, only able to manage up to seven transactions per second and the second largest, Ethereum, around 15.

However, massive improvements have been made, with IBM managing to run 3,500 transactions per second on the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain platform. Furthermore, the article highlights the push to evolve consensus mechanisms as a sign of distinct progress.

Standards

Next up is standardization; for any business without blockchain coders and developers on staff, adopting the technology is expensive and time-consuming. This is due to the overflowing number of blockchain projects that are utilizing multiple coding languages, mechanisms and protocols.

Should there be a standard in place, the field will somewhat be leveled and an increase in industry-level participants will be further made possible. The report makes note of the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), who are currently working to create a standard Ethereum network software for business.

As the number of participants in the blockchain race grows, it is thought that standardization will prove valuable to collaborations, sharing of blockchain solutions, smoother integration with existing blockchains and cross-blockchain transactions among many others.

Low-cost ease of access

Blockchain solutions are complex and costly, not only to create but also to implement.

Naturally, unintuitive new technologies can ward off even the most open-minded of skeptics, though this is also changing rapidly in the face of industrial giants such as Amazon and IBM launching affordable cloud-based technology as-a-service solutions.

These new services enable companies to dramatically reduce the barriers with blockchain templates, which allow for the simple setup of a “basic blockchain infrastructure”. Ease of development is also on the list of issues presently being conquered with new tools being created by companies such as Google.

Legally sound

Regulation has been one of the hottest topics surrounding the nascent technology in 2018. Countries such as Malta, South Korea, and Switzerland are tipped as the jurisdictions that are leading the regulatory race, with Malta miles ahead of the closest competitor.

Deloitte agrees that regulation is absolutely vital to the future success of blockchain, creating appropriate classifications for cryptocurrencies, defining smart contracts as well as Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know-Your-Customer (KYC) policies being high on the order list.

The formation of “blockchain consortia” is the final vector listed as part of the Deloitte’s five critical issue areas; groups of collaborating companies who band together to promote the advancement of the technology can be a powerful catalyst for its adoption.

Like the EEA, they can establish new standards for the tech, lobby governments, develop infrastructure, educate, advise and do much more to speed up progressions with the aforementioned vectors listed.

Conclusively, the article writes:

“It’’s understandable why, despite promising pilots and experiments, executives might wonder when — and even whether — blockchain will be ready for mass adoption. But progress along these vectors is bringing the technology closer to its breakout moment every day.”

 

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Deloitte: 84% of Businesses Say Blockchain Mainstream a ”Matter of Time”

Multinational professional services network Deloitte has published results of its 2018 Global Blockchain Survey, with significant findings including that 84% of businesses believe blockchain mainstream adoption is just a matter of time, with the biggest issue to this identified as regulatory concerns.

A total of 1,053 companies took part in the survey across seven countries: Canada, the US, Mexico, France, the UK, Germany and China. Respondents came from ten different industries, with the majority part of financial services, technology/media/telecommunications, and consumer products and manufacturing. Nearly all of the respondents held C-level or equivalent positions, with the largest functional area represented being from information technology.

Key Deloitte findings

  • 84% of businesses responded that they believe it was only a matter of time before blockchain ”achieves mainstream adoption”.
  • The most significant advantage of blockchain over existing systems in the respondents’ industries was voted as the potential for greater speed compared to that currently in use, at 32%; just 2% said they did not see any advantage of blockchain over their established systems.
  • 84% agreed that blockchain-based solutions brought higher levels of security than conventional information technologies.
  • When questioned on the greatest barriers for implementing blockchain technology, 39% cited regulatory issues, 28 % a lack of in-house skills or understanding, and 6% said there were no barriers.
  • The most dominant stakeholders enquiring about blockchain strategies were suppliers with 54% of the businesses experienced this, followed by market analysts at 48%; only 7% had received no such queries.
  • Supply chain blockchain solutions were the most popular response for current use cases the companies were working on at 53%, Internet of Things came second with 51%, and digital identity at 50%; of the businesses surveyed, 4% were not working on any.

The US is falling behind

When it comes to blockchain, the Deloitte survey indicates that the US is not number one. In fact, of the US companies that participated, blockchain had been deployed in production at a much lower rate than those from other countries; 14% of US respondents have begun internal blockchain productions compared to 50% in China and Mexico. It also fell behind other countries when it came to hiring new employees with blockchain experience with just 24% of countries doing so. China was the highest performing in this category with a staggering 86% investing in industry-skilled workers.

Canada is getting it right

In contrast to its neighboring country, Deloitte found a ”vibrant and growing community of blockchain enthusiasts and entrepreneurs” in Canada, putting it at the forefront of both blockchain and cryptocurrency innovations. There is apparently no signs of innovation slowing down in the country, not since Ethereum, in fact, the analysis states.

Part of this success can be attributed to a consistently evolving role of regulations that tend to keep up with changes that blockchain brings, something the US has been struggling with. Despite regulatory concerns being the top issue for the majority in regards to adoption, two-thirds of Canadian respondents do not believe this will be a barrier in their country.

Financial services face pivotal issues, lead progression

The financial services sector may have been the first to explore and globally recognize the potentials of blockchain but its investment is being outperformed by the automotive, life sciences, oil and gas, and tech, media, and telecom sectors. Several significant issues were cited by the participating financial service companies including scalability and security.

As organizations look to explore the extensive number of blockchain solutions within reach, scalability must be addressed. As referenced above, 84% of surveyed companies said they believed blockchain powered systems were more secure, although security is still a major topic discussed by financial services as the ”new threat matrix” is still emerging.

Interestingly, over half of respondents from the oil, gas and automotive industries said that they viewed blockchain uses primarily as ”a database for money or an application for the financial services industry”,’ in conflict with the significantly high number of executives from those industries that claimed to have ”excellent- to expert-level” blockchain understanding. Those from the life sciences and financial services sector voted in far greater numbers that the use cases for blockchain expand far past just financial service provision.

Executives from the financial sector have indeed been leading the way in reexamining areas where the technology can be used to improve the processes and functions of operations that have been static long-term, unsurprisingly ahead of their colleagues in other sectors in terms of development.

”Closer to its breakout moment every day”

The Deloitte survey concludes that academic hypothesis from five years ago is gradually coming into fruition; developers are moving past stages of learning and exploring its potential, to identifying and creating business directed applications. ”[Blockchain] is getting closer to its breakout moment every day”, analysis from the survey reads, pointing to the participating executives’ responses that they plan to make major moves in the field over the following several years.

It continues to suggest a practical future for the technology: ”Instead of concentrating on how to use blockchain to support a specific product or idea, the time has come to focus on evolving blockchain itself… we’re seeing the most dramatic progress being made by those organizations that have willfully jumped into the deep end of the pool.”

 

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PwC: 84% of Companies Active in Blockchain but More Trust Needed

A new report out by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) illustrates the degree to which companies are now seeing blockchain as an essential business tool.

The report shows that out of companies surveyed, 84% were actively involved in blockchain technology in some way. The PwC 2018 Global Blockchain Survey included 600 company executives for 15 different regions.

Everyone is talking about blockchain, and no one wants to be left behind,” reported PwC, adding, “In reality, companies confront trust issues at nearly every turn… As with any emerging technology, challenges and doubts exist around blockchain’s reliability, speed, security and scalability.”

Some 45% of executives said that trust was the only issue that might prevent it moving forward, along with regulatory uncertainty, and compliance and intellectual property concerns. Other research from Cowan suggests that it make take up to six years for acceptance and widespread adoption.

Bloomberg read the PwC figures from a completely different perspective, suggesting that “most companies aren’t diving into blockchain”, pointing out that out of the 600 companies surveyed, “only 15% of them have a live project and only 10% are piloting blockchain’s use”.

Bloomberg suggests that the reason that many companies haven’t leapt in wholeheartedly and adopted blockchain is down to the cost of replacing current systems. Plus companies need to be convinced that there are significant advantages over their existing systems which at this stage is difficult to prove. Graine Mcnamara of PwC explained:

“It’s a little bit stunning how stagnant it is. A lot of people took a few steps and are pausing before the bridge. They might be having a hard time articulating the ROI.”

What must be a considerable selling point to companies is the fact that major players such as Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, Deloitte, JPMorgan and HSBC all have blockchain initiatives either in progress or planned for the future. It is likely that as these initiatives prove their worth the industry will take a more active interest. The interest shown by Facebook this year is likely to add to this impetus.

 

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Nasdaq Links With Singapore Stock Market in DvP Project

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) have announced a collaboration with Nasdaq as a key partner.

MAS, which functions as Singapore’s central bank has partnered with Nasdaq, Deloitte, and Anquan to develop the technology to impart “Delivery versus Payment” (DvP) capabilities for tokenized asset settlement. According to MAS this will allow for;

“…simultaneous exchange and final settlement of tokenised digital currencies and securities assets, improving operational efficiency and reducing settlement risks.”

Further, the project will examine the viability of utilizing smart contracts to automate DvP settlements and report back by this November. The partners plan to use the open source developed solution as a part of phase 2 of Project UBin, a project which began in 2016 with the development of a simple prototype on Ethereum in Phase 1.

The second phase of Ubin (“Re-imagining Interbank Real-Time Gross Settlement System Using Distributed Ledger Technologies) aimed at finding solutions “around the need for transactional privacy and deterministic finality”, and “the ability to perform multilateral netting capabilities in a decentralised manner while preserving transactional privacy.”

MAS Chief FinTech Officer Sopnendu Mohanty commented about the project and how blockchain tech is impacting financial transactions and injecting new energy into business:

“The involvement of three prominent technology partners highlights the commercial interest in making this a reality. We expect to see further growth in this space as FinTechs leverage on the strong pool of talent and expertise in Singapore to develop innovative blockchain applications and benefit from the new opportunities created.”

Ho Kok Yong, Financial Services Industry Leader at Deloitte Southeast Asia shared Mohanty’s optimism regarding the direction of Ubin’s latest phase:

“Using two different open source blockchain technologies to implement and design the Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) prototype, we are able to mitigate counterparty risks in DvP (Delivery versus Payment) and achieve DvP settlement finality with clearing members.”

Magnus Haglind, Senior Vice President and Head of Product Management (Market Technology) at Nasdaq views such eclectic collaborations as the key to the success in embarking on such projects in the future:

“In our experience of developing projects to leverage blockchain to improve market and operational efficiencies, the willingness to collaborate by cross-industry parties was – and is – the most essential component for success.”

Nasdaq, the second-largest stock exchange in the world, has suggested that it could foresee opening its own cryptocurrency exchange in the future and has already developed a distributed ledger blockchain system that optimizes the use of securities as collateral for margin calls.

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