Monday, November 12, 2018

Global Banks in Test of US$11 Trillion Shared Ledger at DTCC

Regulators and Credit Derivatives industry prep for 2019 Go-live

Announced on November 6, 2018, the addition of Barclays brings to 15 the number of dealers in the main blockchain project of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC). By recoding the DTCC’s Trade Information Warehouse (TIW) for bilateral credit derivatives in only 18 months, the securities depository and its team of IT consultants – IBM, Axoni and R3 – hope to show that distributed ledger technology and cloud platforms are feasible options for high volume transaction processing and recordkeeping systems -- initially for those services with similar data architectures on a permissioned platform.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Distributed Ledger Tech Can Process U.S. Stock Volumes, says DTCC

Accenture cloud model scales to 100 million trades daily in study prototype

On October 16, 2018, the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) reported that “distributed ledger technology (DLT) is capable of supporting average daily trading volumes in the US equity market of more than 100 million trades per day.” Based on a cooperative study by Accenture, Digital Asset and R3, the clearing and settlement service provider said that DLT can process daily trading volume at peak rates of 6,300 trades per second for five continuous hours. Past benchmarks were based on cryptocurrency blockchains that now operate at fewer than 100 trades per second.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

State Street to Acquire Front Office Systems Firm

Goal is global front-to-back platform for asset managers

On October 1, 2018, State Street closed on the acquisition of Charles River Systems, Inc., for $2.6 billion. State Street, the world’s largest custodian (US$33.9 trillion) and third largest asset manager (US$2.7 trillion AUM), plans to integrate the Charles River front office systems with the bank’s existing back-office technology.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

JPMorgan Chase Tests Blockchain Use for Securities Services

Prototype to consider benefits of shared ledgers, as well as challenges

On May 16, 2018, JPMorgan Chase unveiled Dromaius, its prototype of a shared ledger for capital market services, at Coindesk’s Consensus 2018 conference. The prototype is designed to test the use of the Ethereum blockchain technology in supporting a coordinated posting by multiple entities to a single encrypted securities bookkeeping system. JPMC executive director Christine Moy said that, “We think the technology has the potential to be transformative.”

Monday, March 5, 2018

Fintech Plans Announced to Digitize Portfolios in the Capital Markets

Meeting in Bahamas Draws Disruptors from Cryptocurrency Markets

More than 1,200 dealmakers brought their ardor and business plans to sold-out Polycon18, a giant-sized version of television’s Shark Tank which convened at the Bahamas’ Bal Mar Grand Hyatt Hotel from February 28th to March 3rd, 2018. Attending investors were shown project offerings, as well as conference materials that cited U.S. Senate testimony by SEC chair, Jay Clayton, to the effect that initial coin offerings (ICOs) of securities tokens would indeed be considered securities: